RetraxOne MX Retractable Review

RetraxOne MX is made with single-piece high-grade polycarbonate construction, the same stuff used in bulletproof windows. Designed to slide open and close easily for quick access to your truck bed.

RetraxOne MX installed on silverado
RetraxOne MX Installed on Chevy

It locks at any point along the bed, offering secure storage for your items. The cover’s matte finish provides protection from UV rays and scratches, and it is lightweight and more affordable option for safeguarding your truck’s cargo area.

Want more it has to offer? You are going to find out.

Positive Experiences:

  • Sleek design streamlining truck’s appearance
  • Lockable in any position for versatile load security
  • Durable and secure material construction
  • Water-resistant, effective against car washes and rainstorms (not fully waterproof)

Drawbacks Experienced:

  • The installation instructions could have been more detailed, but with a bit of common sense and a careful approach, I managed to work it out without too much stress.
  • The polymer material, while largely solid, does have a bit of flex at higher speeds. It’s something I’ve noticed, but it hasn’t been a deal-breaker, considering the cover’s overall performance.
  • The lock and key system could use some improvements. The key broke off in the lock on the first use, which was quite frustrating.


SpecificationRetraxOne MX Details
DesignLow-profile, sits flush with rails
LatchingIntegrated locking mechanism with key
Panel CoreHigh-grade polycarbonate (similar to bulletproof windows) with reinforced aluminum rods
Rail MaterialAluminum
Panel ExteriorPolycarbonate with matte finish
Seal MaterialEPDM rubber
Canister MaterialAluminum
InstallationClamp-on (DIY-friendly)
Weather ResistanceWater and debris-resistant; seals ensure cargo stays dry
Cover Weight68 to 74 pounds
Locking MechanismIntegrated Keyed System
Bed AccessFull Access when fully retracted
Warranty1 year full warranty, Limited Lifetime
Load BearingUp to 200 lbs (evenly distributed)
RetraxOne MX Specifications

Build & Quality

RetraxOne MX’s design is its seamless retractable mechanism. It’s like the best of both worlds, you know? It’s built tough, like those bulletproof windows. But it’s not heavy or clunky. It’s lightweight and easy to handle.

RetraxOne MX truckbed cover
RetraxOne MX Lockable with key

The cover is composed of high quality polycarbonate material. Inside, aluminum rods are reinforced to make the core strong and sturdy. And on the outside, it’s got this matte finish that not only looks cool but also protects it from scratches.

Canister of RetraxOne MX is built tough to handle daily wear and tear and keeps the cover safe. Function-wise, it’s all about smooth moves. It makes sure the cover glides in and out like a breeze, with no fuss.

Size-wise, it’s compact and doesn’t hog your truck bed space. Usually, it takes up about 11×11 inches of room right behind the cab. A small sacrifice for the protection.

Speaking of rails, they are made of aluminum, and the cover glides on the sealed ball bearing rollers which are smooth and will avoid any kind of misalignment due to heavy loads.

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Ease of Use – RetraxOne MX

Let’s have a look at the usage and impact of RetraxOne MX on everyday life.

Effortless Operation

Operating the RetraxOne MX is super easy. The cover glides on the ball bearings with ease back into its canister, and you won’t need an extra effort. Designed to suit everyone, especially old people.

It ensures that opening and closing your truck bed is hassle-free and doesn’t require any heavy lifting.

Convenient Locking Mechanism

One feature that I really like in RetraxOne MX is its integrated locking system. The cover can be locked into any position along the rail, giving you the flexibility to secure partial truck bed loads or fully close off the bed.

No-Drill Installation

It has a clamp-on installation method. Forget about drills and permanent changes to your truck bed. The RetraxOne MX can be mounted using simple clamps, making the process DIY-friendly.

So you can easily put it on the truck bed without any professional intervention.

Accessorize Your Truck Bed with T-Bed Slots

One of the coolest feature in RetraxOne MX is the integration of T-bed slots. This feature optimizes your truck bed space. With these slots in you can attach various accessories seamlessly.

Whether you’re looking to add tool racks, cargo dividers, or even additional tie-down points, these slots are your truck bed’s secret weapon.

Minimal Maintenance

The build quality of RetraxOne MX is great so it doesn’t really need any special maintenance. The polycarbonate material, combined with a matte finish, means it’s resistant to scratches and dings.

It won’t easily show wear and tear, and cleaning is straightforward, usually, a quick wipe-down is all it needs.

And yes have can put lubricant on the ball bearings after 3 or 4 months for swift and smooth operation.

Space-Efficient Canister Design

RetraxOne MX space efficient canister
Compact Canister RetraxOne MX

Canister does occupy a portion of the truck bed, but the impact on space is minimal because of its compact design.

The compact construction means you’re not sacrificing a significant chunk of your storage area. Plus, its positioning, right behind the cab, means it doesn’t interfere much with larger cargo items.

Adaptability to Varied Weather Conditions

First off, no cover is 100% leak-proof. I’ve never experienced any leakage, except once when I took my truck for a pressure wash. A bit of water entered the truck bed from the cabin side.

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During normal rain not even a single drop! This cover boasts a sealing system crafted from EPDM rubber. So, those surprise rainstorms? They’ve just become a non-issue.

Moreover, the RetraxOne MX is built to endure the blazing sun. The cover won’t warp, the color remains intact, and your truck bed stays cool. It’s like having built-in shades for all your truck bed treasures.

And when it comes to snow and chilly weather, the cover holds its own. I’ve been up north with it and encountered zero issues. Its sturdiness ensures it stands unfazed by the cold. Your cargo will be shielded from the frosty elements.

All in all, regardless of the weather, the RetraxOne MX is fit for every season.

Ride Comfort

Well, it does make the vehicle more aerodynamic, which is a bonus. Noticed a bit of savings on gas, too. There’s this clattering sound, but I only caught it once. Otherwise, it’s been smooth sailing.

The RetraxOne MX offers a blend of functionality and durability. With features tailored for ease of use and weather resilience, it’s a top choice for truck enthusiasts seeking both protection and aesthetics.


 RetraxOne MX Integrated Locking System
RetraxOne MX Key Locking Mechanism

The RetraxOne MX has an integrated locking mechanism. You can lock this cover anywhere along the rail. This means you can secure a small load or cover the entire bed. It’s all up to you.

It blends right in, so you don’t have to compromise on style for security.

And speaking of security, the cover is made of tough polycarbonate. Think of the strength of bulletproof windows, that’s what we’re dealing with.

So that’s why this cover is impenetrable and your cargo will remain safe no matter where you park your truck.

Whether you’re in a bustling city or the quiet countryside, the RetraxOne MX ensures your stuff stays safe. In short, it’s got your truck bed’s back, no matter what.

Side Note It’s crucial to remember that no system is 100% foolproof. Even with its sturdy design, potential thieves with enough determination might find a way in. So, a little common sense goes a long way.

Always prioritize parking in well-lit, secure areas. As a rule of thumb, it’s wise to avoid leaving valuable items in the truck bed for extended periods.

While technology and design can offer protection, a bit of caution ensures that your belongings stay just where they should be. After all, defense is better than survival.

The RetraxOne MX has a built-in lock and even throws in a key. It ensures enhanced security and peace of mind for your truck bed’s contents.

Is RetraxOne MX Worth the Investment?

A common question is, “Is the RetraxOne MX worth the money?” It’s true it comes with a heftier price tag ($1,549 – $1,649) compared to some other options in the market.

While there are cheaper alternatives offering a similar style and functionality, what sets the RetraxOne MX apart is its build quality. It also offers Limited Lifetime Warranty (Prorated After 1 Year)

It really boils down to what you prioritize. For me, it’s a 7/10 in the looks department because I’m not a fan of plastic covers, and I’ve had few issues with its performance. I’ve been satisfied with its quality.

But if you’re not looking to make a premium purchase, there are certainly more budget-friendly choices out there.

The RetraxOne MX strikes a balance between cost and quality, offering good value for its price.

Frequently asked questions

Many of you have asked questions, and I’m addressing them here.

Does the RetraxOne MX canister take up a lot of space?

Yeah, the canister eats 11×11 inches of the truck bed space. It’s not a deal-breaker for me, but if you’re all about maximizing space, keep this in mind. Remember, most retractable covers have this feature. Consider a hard tri-fold covers if you need full bed space.

How often should I clean the RetraxOne MX?

Keep an eye on it. If you see dirt building up, give it a clean. Debris can sometimes hinder its smooth roll-back function, so a quick wipe now and then does the trick. It is always a great practice if you lubricate the ball bearings every 3 or 4 months.

Did you have any installation issues with RetraxOne MX?

Just a heads up – I didn’t get a manual with mine. Made the installation a bit of a puzzle. So, maybe double-check that when you get yours!

Is RetraxOne MX Noisy?

It gets a tad noisy when you push the speed. Only noticed it once since I tend to drive chill, after all, I’m a family guy.


Alright, here’s the deal, the RetraxOne MX cover looks sharp, feels solid, and is super user-friendly. It’s been more than a year. It’s taken a beating and still operates smoothly. Plus, it looks as good as new. No regrets!

Yeah, it’s a bit on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for. Super easy to use and doesn’t need much fussing over.

Just keep in mind about that canister taking up a bit of space and the occasional missing manual hiccup. But all in all? I’d say it’s a solid pick for truck lovers and old aged people out there.

6 thoughts on “RetraxOne MX Retractable Review”

  1. Just wondering, if I buy a RetraxONE MX for my ’21 GMC Sierra, can I still pop the tailgate with the remote, or do I gotta yank it open by hand?

    • Oh yeah, with the RetraxONE MX, you’re all good to use your remote to drop the tailgate on your Sierra. It’s pretty slick, the cover doesn’t get in the way. But, just a heads up, when you’re closing it, you might need to give it a little push by hand to get it fully shut. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind.

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