A Workforce Wearable Built To Save Your Team From Pain
The HeroWear Apex evolves the way work is done and improves the lives of hard-working professionals by reducing the risk of back pain.
What makes the Apex so great?
- Takes 75 lbs of strain off your back with every bend/lift (and weighs less than 4 lbs)
- First exosuit designed with specific fits for both men and women
- Custom fit specifically for your workers
- On-demand back assistance with on/off switch with no batteries or motors
- Designed for maximum freedom of movement: Feels like a comfortable piece of clothing
The Apex is built to sustain your workforces’s strength and improve their health — for better productivity, better ergonomics and better quality of life. Backed by science and built for comfort, the Apex will help your team one lift and bend at a time.
Feeling Is Believing
“My back doesn’t hurt nearly as bad when I get home. I can actually sit down and relax, and not have to move around to get comfortable.”
“I’m often bent over all day and my back dies, but today I’m wearing my HeroWear and I feel awesome!”
“When working bent over my back doesn’t get as tired … At this point, the suit [has] become part of my work.”
“Especially when I go all the way down, you can really feel that stretch and it feels like it’s really helping you out. Like you have extra muscles.”
A Wearable for The Work You Do
Lighten the Load When Lifting
From distribution centers to construction sites, frequent lifting can be a major source of back strain, even if the loads aren't that heavy. The Apex has been laboratory- and field-tested and proven to reduce muscle activity 20-30% during lifting tasks. For a case picker working in a warehouse, that can literally mean 100,000 lbs of savings off their back every day.
Bending Shouldn't Break Your Back
Even if you're not holding or lifting heavy loads, frequent and extended bending can wear down your back muscles and cause pain and discomfort - and put you at greater risk of injury. The Apex has been shown to reduce muscle activity by 30% in laboratory and field tests. Better yet, it reduces muscle fatigue - when your muscles tire out and become less efficient - by 40% during bending tasks.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Apex has a modular design with over 50 fit combinations, including fits specifically for women.
Before you purchase the Apex, you'll be guided through taking 3 simple measurements so we can size the exosuit to your body. This unique feature of the Apex gives you maximum assistance while preserving comfort and freedom of movement.
Passive means that there are no motors or batteries. The Apex reduces strain by using the laws of physics (especially leverage) to provide assistance without compromising comfort and range of motion.
The Apex is backed by peer-reviewed science, and developed through rigorous testing both in the lab and in the field. It quantitatively reduces back strain, fatigue, and risk of musculoskeletal injuries from bending and lifting. If you're interested in learning more, you can read all about the science behind the suit.
In short, no. The Apex helps reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders by reducing muscle strain, which reduces fatigue.
But you shouldn't lift more than you would without the Apex and you should still take breaks as you normally would.
It’s quite simple, actually. Once you have the suit assembled and adjusted to your fit, you can easily put it on in 60 seconds and take it off in 10 seconds. (Watch a YouTube video here of someone putting the suit on and taking it off)
Human-focused design factors, including high-tech, breathable fabric, and padding and slip-resistant features in the right places to comfortably conform to anybody - short or tall, big or small, man or woman. An exosuit that continually gets in the way isn’t practical for physical work.
Yes! There’s a proprietary on/off clutch that lets you quickly turn assistance on or off at the push of the button – giving you assistance when you need it and getting out of your way when you don’t. The switch can be operated one-handed, with either hand.
In short, no. The Apex uses leverage to do the mechanical work more efficiently. This allows your body to do the same amount of physical work— for instance, to lift a box or lay bricks in your garden—but with lower forces applied to bones, muscles, and joints.
In fact, while some exosuits do shift small amounts of forces onto different parts of the body, the Apex anchors the remaining forces (after the mechanical advantage of the suit reduces the work) on to the upper back and to the thighs - which is where your back muscles normally anchor.
That could be the case if this were a powered exosuit with motors that did all the lifting for you. But the Apex reduces a portion (between 20-40% reduction in muscle force during bending tasks).
For example, let's say you have to lift and move 25-pound boxes. When you wear the Apex, the muscle strain in your back is reduced to be more like if they were 15-pound boxes. That still requires plenty of effort, but even slight reductions in strain make a significant difference in fatigue and injury risk over time.
Also, as any professional athlete or trainer can tell you, muscle atrophy can occur when there is too little or too much muscle activation. That means overexertion can lead to muscle atrophy, too. The purpose of the Apex is to keep you in a healthy “sweet spot” of muscle use.
The best way to explain this is an analogy: Back belts are like a manager watching as you lift something heavy, verbally reminding you to lift with your legs and keep a straight back. Exosuits are like having a buddy who rolls up their sleeves and actually helps you lift the thing so there is less strain on your back.
In short, there is nothing in a back brace that does mechanical work, while our exosuit has strong elastic (rubber) bands that use leverage and gravity to actually do work in parallel with your back muscles and help you lift, bend, and balance.
Although back belts are being bought and sold under the premise that they reduce the risk of back injury, there is insufficient scientific evidence that they actually deliver what is promised. Back belts only provide tactile feedback to remind people to lift with a neutral spine. But we've known for 20+ years that back belts do not actually reduce the strain or fatigue of your back muscles.
In contrast, exosuits have been proven to reduce back muscle strain and fatigue by 15-40%. (Lamers 2018 & Lamers 2020) Exosuits are more like artificial muscles that do a portion of the work so your back muscles can do less. By reducing back strain exosuits actually reduce overexertion injury risks (whereas back belts do not).
The Apex is built using industrial-strength textiles so it can work as hard as you do, while reducing the risk of back injuries that could rack up missed work, high medical bills, and time away from the things you love. The suit was developed in a biomechanics lab, and the industrial design came from a firm that has worked for NASA, Nike, and others - they are specialists in lightweight, heat-reducing, moisture-wicking design. The suit is designed to last for years in even the toughest, full-time use environments while offering you full range of motion and all-day comfort.
Exosuits are “soft-shell” exoskeletons. So all exosuits are exoskeletons, but not all exoskeletons are exosuits.