The Action DB Pro is your favorite childhood drawstring bag all grown up

Your childhood drawstring backpack just got a very adult makeover. Meet the Action DB Pro, a lightweight pack that promises to open, organize, protect, wear, and look better than any other backpack you’ve ever had. That way, you can “focus on creating more epic moments and crushing life.” Right on, bro.

While drawstring backpacks are known for being easy to use, they’ve generally come with about as many cons as they have pros. Sure, they’re lightweight, easily stored, and transportable, but you also have to deal with tangled cords, a mess inside the pack, and that slightly juvenile aesthetic. But no longer. This is the grownup version of your favorite childhood bag.

When it comes to storage, the Action DB Pro comes with side zip pockets on both sides, tucked away on the back panel with all-weather zips. Then, there’s a weather-proof jersey style zip pocket positioned against the lower back, and waist straps that double as accessory straps that you can use to carry things outside your bag.

The drawstring backpack is made of water-repellent DWR fabric and hypalon (a kind of synthetic rubber), while the “strings” are actual custom tension kernmantle ropes that promise to keep the lengths of the cords even and balanced all the time, no matter how often you open and close the bag. Even the most active adventurer will find that their Action DB Pro can keep up with activities like skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, biking, or running. You won’t have to use your hands to keep the backpack on, and can even mount a camera directly on your chest with the pack’s straps.

Oh, and if you get a bit winded after running around all day, you can take a drink with the built-in hydration pack, which comes with “a wide mouth and gentle round edges” to work with any gym sack, and a centering drinking tube holder which promises to keep water flowing freely.

Already, the Action DB Pro has surpassed its initial funding goal of $20,000, though it still has 45 days left in its campaign. You can grab a pack of your own for the early bird price of $45, though we imagine inventory won’t last long. Delivery is expected for July of this year.

Emerging Tech

Adidas has created a running shoe that’s made to be remade

Adidas has unveiled the Futurecraft Loop running shoe that it claims is the first performance footwear to be 100% recyclable. The shoe is the latest green initiative by the sportswear company and will go on sale in 2021.
Smart Home

Getting down to the nitty-gritty: The best vacuums you can buy

Our expert reviewers took some vacuum cleaners for a spin to see which worked best. Whether you're looking for a traditional upright, stick, or robot vacuum, check out our picks for the best vacuums on the market.
Photography

Wet or dry, these rugged waterproof cameras capture your every adventure

Rugged cameras are designed to withstand nature's elements. These waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof shooters can go wherever you take them, making them the perfect travel companions.
Photography

These are the best action cameras money can buy, from GoPro to Garmin and more

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.
Outdoors

The best sustainable outdoor gear for Earth Day and beyond

Take some time to clean up trash on a highly-used hiking trail for Earth Day, but don't stop there. Take the next step by choosing only sustainable gear for your outdoor adventures.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Home Theater

Run to the beat of your favorite music with the best running headphones

Running is a great source of exercise but isn't always the most thrilling, especially when you're fiddling to keep your headphones in place. Check out our picks for the best headphones for running, so you never have to miss a beat again.
Outdoors

Puma is looking for volunteers to test its self-lacing sports shoe

Puma unveiled its high-tech self-lacing shoe at the start of the year, and now it's looking for volunteers from around the world to try it out and offer feedback so it can finalize the design prior to launch.
Outdoors

Lyft is offering free bikeshare rides to highlight Earth Day

To highlight Earth Day and promote its own green efforts, Lyft is offering free rides with its bikeshare programs in six cities across the U.S. on April 22. Anyone interested should check the service's website for full details.
Deals

Get cooking with a Masterbuilt meat smoker, now $230 off

Warm weather means it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, but meat lovers know that spring and summer are prime cookout time. The Masterbuilt meat smoker – on sale from Walmart for $230 off – is an excellent way to prepare meat like a…
Emerging Tech

Burgers are just the beginning: Embracing the future of lab-grown everything

You’ve almost certainly heard of the 'farm to fork' movement, but what about 'lab to table'? Welcome to the fast-evolving world of lab-grown meat. Is this the future of food as we know it?
Emerging Tech

Geoengineering is risky and unproven, but soon it might be necessary

Geoengineering is a field dedicated to purposely changing the world's climate using technology. Call it 'playing god' if you must; here's why its proponents believe it absolutely must happen.
Outdoors

Inside the high-tech lab that makes the world’s safest bike helmet

Trek and Bontrager have taken the wraps off of a new cycling helmet that uses WaveCel technology to dramatically reduce head injuries by dispersing the impact in a way that is 48 times safer than current helmets.