HeroWear announces the launch of latest exosuit
By Catrin Jones09 March 2023
Protective clothing supplier HeroWear has unveiled the latest version of its back-assist exosuit, the Apex 2. The company says that the Apex 2 suit weighs less than 3 lbs and can take 75 pounds of the strain off a typical worker’s back with every lift, whilst reducing muscle strain and fatigue by up to 40% without motors or batteries.
The Apex 2 will be launched via a virtual stream on March 8, 2023. Following the launch, HeroWear will take the Apex 2 on tour, allowing people in select cities to experience the suit in person at industry trade shows and private and public events. The suit will be available to ship worldwide this summer.
The Apex 2 is said to be designed to comfortably provide assistance for workers who frequently perform demanding movements such as lifting and sustained or repeated bending. With that assistance, the Apex 2 reduces a person’s risk of a back injury without restricting their freedom of movement.
The company adds that the new design decreases heat retention — making it better suited for more environments as well as making it easier to size and train new users.
“When we launched the Apex in 2020, we just wanted to help people do their jobs without sacrificing their bodies, so they could go home with more energy and less pain,” said Karl Zelik, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of HeroWear and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University.
“We accomplished this with the original Apex. It’s impacting people’s lives, on and off the job. We’ve seen it in the data and we hear it from long-time users. But also we listened and learned from these users and identified areas to improve the suit. We obsessed over the minute design details that make a huge difference in user experience. Now we’re excited to bring these latest innovations to workers around the world.”