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Ultimate Man Bag for Dads | ‘The Command’ from Timbuk2


'The Command' from Timbuk2Let’s face it — Dads have stuff — lots of stuff.  I’m the kind of dad who has tons of gadgets and gizmos.  I tend to carry around a laptop, a couple of tablet computers, various adapters, some recording equipment for my podcasts as well as the requisite pens, pencils, gum, sunglasses, and a bottle of water.  All of these things get used on a fairly regular basis and most are subject to damage from rain, snow, or being dropped.  These things also tend to get disorganized.  The cables and connectors are especially prone to turning into a useless, rubbery bird’s nest if I’m not careful.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I love Timbuk2.  They are a company that was started in a garage in San Francisco in 1989 to cater to the needs of bike messengers.  Today they make a collection of great bags of all kinds.

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Enter “The Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger” from Timbuk2

The “Command” is a standard messenger-style bag, which means that you can sling it over your shoulder for quick walks from the car to the office, or you can lift the shoulder strap over your head for a cross-the-chest carry that is more stable and allows you to free up your hands for carrying other things – like your coffee.

The bag is broken into several sections with each section being dedicated to a particular type of item.  The electronics area is padded with impact-resistant material and includes a velvety-soft inner pocket for your tablet pc, iPad or Kindle ebook reader.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a dedicated pouch on the bottom for those power “bricks” and cords that keep your gadgets charged.

The main section of the bag is wide open for any type of item you want to throw in.  This wide open section is also cleverly lined with pockets that are perfect for pens, pencils, sunglasses, and those other little things that tend to congregate in the bottom of other bags.  This bag also includes lots of other zippered pockets to keep your smaller items safe and secure.

My favorite feature is a TSA-friendly zipper which deftly separates your bag into two sections – without exposing anything to the outside world – so that you can simply lie your bag on the x-ray belt without having to take your laptop out of the bag to pass through airport security.  Genius!

The quality and workmanship of this bag is outstanding.  When you feel the ballistic nylon materials, waterproof TPU liner, and discover the anodized aluminum, easy-to-use slider closers that quietly close and secure the bag’s main flap, you’ll know that you’re carrying a bag that will last for years.

The “Command” retails for $139 from and is worth every penny!

This is not a paid endorsement, just an opinion from a techno-geek Dad.

Wade is the father of a fifteen-year-old, a one-year-old and is expecting another baby very soon. He is the host of the "Fathers Over Forty" podcast. A former long-distance cyclist, weight loss guru and master gardener, Wade is sport-challenged, television-averse and constantly worried that his Man Cave pass might be revoked. When not at his full time job doing assistive technology for people with disabilities, he's reading, cooking, or spending time outdoors with his kids and his beautiful wife, Jenny. Connect with Wade at: or on Twitter at: @FOForty

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