OUTSIDE MAGAZINE GEAR TESTER AND TRUCK CAMPING GURU BRYAN ROGALA REVIEWED DECKED DRAWERS.
HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY:
“A DECKED system is the difference between getting out on a Friday night or sometime on a Saturday morning because you couldn’t pack your sh*t in time.”
Been there? Us too. That’s why we created DECKED drawers. The more organized your truck is, the faster you get to the places you really want to be. But don’t take it from us, take it from Bryan Rogala. He’s had a DECKED system in his truck for years now and has been testing gear for Outside Magazine even longer. Check out his ideas about how to get the most of your drawers and organizational tips to help you hit the road faster.
WHY BRYAN CHOSE DECKED FOR CAMPING AND MORE:
#1: 2000 LB PAYLOAD
“The 2000 lb payload is one of my favorite things because you keep the versatility of your truck bed, and then you still have all the storage below.”
When you’re camping, you’re probably packing your truck or van with bulky items like coolers and possibly some toys like a mountain bike, archery target, or kayak. With a DECKED system, you can keep your bulky gear easily accessible on the top of your bed while keeping smaller items organized and easy to find.
#2: TOTALLY WEATHERPROOF
“All of your stuff is not going to get wet or dusty or anything like that, no matter how much crap you load on top of your DECKED system.”
We’ve probably all been caught unprepared in a storm-of-the-century. There’s nothing worse than scrambling to find cover for your camping equipment when the rain’s pouring down. Or showing up at camp with 2 inches of backroad dust coating your tent, chairs, and sleeping bag. With DECKED drawers you can still keep everything at your fingertips while safely tucked away from any punishing storms.
#3: IDEAL SLEEPING PLATFORM
“The smooth platform above the DECKED drawers is perfect sleeping in the back of your truck.”
Got wheel wells? Anyone who’s tried to squeeze two people in the back of their truck while camping probably knows that wheel wells are not conducive to a good night’s sleep. If not for any other reason, we suggest you get a DECKED system for that California-King truck bed you’ve always dreamed of.
#4: ONE FULL-TIME DRAWER, ONE ROTATING DRAWER
“I use one drawer for things that live in my truck full time, like tools, tow straps, recovery gear, pretty much anything I need to get my truck un-stuck. The other drawer is my rotating drawer. Depending on what season it is, I’ll fill it with my hunting calls, pack, mountain biking stuff, fly-fishing stuff, etc.”
With DECKED drawers, it’s pretty much a choose your own adventure system as far as organization goes. We provide the drawers, you decide how you want to fill them. But we think Bryan’s system is nothing short of brilliant.
#5: D-BOXES ERRRRYWHERE
“I have a bunch of D-Boxes in my garage as storage bins – one for hunting gear, one for fly-fishing, one for mountain biking. Whatever I’m going to do, I can grab that bin, pop it in the drawer, and I’m ready to go.”
There’s just something so satisfying about organized boxes in organized drawers. When you’ve got labeled boxes in your garage that fit perfectly into your drawers, the world is your oyster. You’ve got the golden ticket to getting out the door on Friday at 5 o’clock to the place you’ve been dreaming about all week.
IT’S EASY TO BE LIKE BRYAN 👇🏕️😀
The D-Box is our original do-it-all organizer and fits all full-size drawers, midsize wide drawers and the DECKED Tool Box. Included internal dividers keep your items organized, whether it’s the duct tape you use every other shift or safety equipment you’ll rely on in emergency situations.
Pro tip: a few spare D-Boxes make changes of plans or activities a breeze. Simply pull out your work tools and replace with your tackle D-Box or camping mess kit! Everything for the jobsite will be right where you put it when Monday morning rolls back around.