Sensus Bachelor Pad
Words & Photos by Chili Dog
If you’ve been following the Sensus crew the past few years, you may have noticed that they’ve all been running a mysterious black tailgate pad. If you asked though, they weren’t shy to say they’ve been testing and working to create their dream pad. The process started over three years ago, but the work has finally paid off. The Bachelor Pad is here!
Several months ago, the Zink brothers gave us exclusive access to an early test pad for a review. We shared it with all of our Patreon readers a while back in an unboxing video, but have kept things secret until the official launch. Now that we can finally talk about it, I’ll go on the official record and say it straight up. This is the best tailgate pad on the market. Period.
Sensus went back to the drawing board with this pad, attempting to re-think everything about the tailgate pad itself, and the way a user interacts with it. That isn’t to say they went and made it overly complicated. Instead, it’s the perfect balance of usable features, and simplicity for durability. Its 59” width provides ample coverage for modern full sized pickups, but still works on older trucks with skinny tailgates too.
The core of the pad is the ultra durable exterior fabric that can hold up to thousands of miles of shuttling. Inside is a foam pad that protects your truck and bikes from impact. The top of the pad has an ultra thick cushion, so worrying about dented down tubes is a thing of the past.
The portion of the pad that contacts your truck’s paint boasts a microfiber liner, which will keep your truck looking nice and shiny. Some of the other options on the market lack this important feature.
Bikes are secured via 6 Velcro straps that go around the down tubes. If that isn’t your style, the Sensus magnetic koozies also work to secure your precious cargo, or keep bikes protected during transit. Those Sensus guys are some clever bastards.
Speaking of clever, let’s get into what really separates this pad from the pack. Inside the tailgate portion of the pad is a separate flap that is secured via Velcro and two hooks that attach to the stake pocket holes of your truck bed. Those straps on the side keep the pad from shifting when you get rowdy, and also support the back section of the pad, letting it stay in place as the tailgate is dropped. Inside, there’s three Velcro pockets for storing tools, keys, chain lube, or whatever else you want to stash in there. With the tailgate closed, the flap also serves as a storage pocket for beer, smelly gear, or whatever other large items you want to keep from flying out of your truck bed. Heck you can even fit a tire pump in there. It’s easily the most useful part of the tailgate pad. The flap also doubles as a chair back when the tailgate is down as demonstrated in the video above.
For easy access to the tailgate latch and backup camera, a triangular flap with a magnetic snap is built into the pad. Simply flip the flap, and you can reach the handle or have unobstructed back up camera views. It’s a far better alternative to the Velcro options on most other designs.
The final thing that makes this pad special is the attachment straps to the tailgate itself. The standard system has been some sort of strap that you have to bear hug your tailgate to painstakingly fish through the tiny gap between the bed and gate. If you’ve ever had a tailgate pad before, you’ll know the struggle all too well. Sensus threw that out the window, developing three small plastic clips with Velcro that snap onto the bottom of the tailgate. Then, the external pad straps simply Velcro to those tabs. Everything is external and easy to access. I’m OCD so I put a little painters tape between the paint of my truck and the plastic clip to prevent any scratches.