If you drive a two-door pickup truck like I do, you know the drill. You hop in your truck and set all of your important papers, your lunch, and other assorted junk on the passenger seat because, well, where else are you going to put it? Invariably, though, you take a corner too fast or hit the breaks a little too hard and all of your stuff goes flying, along with a few expletives.
About 10 years ago I found a great solution for both my truck and profanity problems—the Cab Commander from Duluth Trading. You've probably seen the company's mail order catalogs, full of humorous stories and memorable product names like "Anti-Monkey Butt Powder" and "Buck Naked Underwear."
My Cab Commander is made of rugged polyester, and stays in place with a strap that loops around the passenger seat's headrest. There's a big open pocket, into which you can stuff your laptop, clipboard, bungee cords and other assorted jobsite necessities. I've even shoved a framing nailer in there once or twice. There are also lots of small pockets for things like your cell phone, tape measure and business cards. The two tubular-shaped pockets on either end work great for long, round objects like a thermos, water bottle or flashlight.
Admittedly, 10 years has taken its toll on my Cab Commander. We've been through a lot together, and it's looking a bit frayed around the edges and faded from the sun, but I figure it's got at least another year or two of life left in it. When the time comes to replace it, I'll definitely buy another one. For $40 bucks, this bag is pretty hard to beat.
- Jason White