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Apex 2 for back relief from HeroWear

Put simply, the Apex 2 works like an extra set of back muscles. Elastic bands stretch when your muscles stretch during movements, then retract when your muscles contract, returning energy and providing support during each bending movement. The bands move comfortably with the user, reducing forces on spinal muscles and discs every time the wearer bends forward or squats - all without motors or batteries.

  • available from 1,099 USD
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Can be used for changing work steps

Functions and advantages

Everything you need to know about the features and benefits of the Apex 2 for back relief from HeroWear need to know.

The Apex 2 is a lightweight exosuit with back support that combines the power of science with a focus on comfort, resulting in unparalleled protection and wearer comfort. The suit's support reduces muscle fatigue by up to 40 % and muscle strain by up to 40 %, giving hard-working men and women more energy at work, a lower risk of injury and a better quality of life outside of work.  The Apex 2 also retains the evasion aid philosophy (the switch on the shoulder of the Apex activates and releases the tension of the elastic elements in the back with a single click). The Exosuit continues to be modular with interchangeable parts and all together weighs 3 pounds (compared to 3.4 pounds for the previous model).


Apex 2 shoulder straps


Designed for all-day comfort, the modular shoulder straps are now available in 6 strap sizes for a custom fit. The revised S-shaped strap and contoured edges of the Apex 2 provide greater comfort through freedom of movement.


Apex 2 bands


The elastic bands are the powerhouse of the Apex 2: they basically function like an additional back muscle. They provide the necessary support with full freedom of movement - completely without batteries. They are available in 6 different lengths to provide the best fit for users of any size, and in 3 thicknesses to customize support for any task.


Apex 2 thigh sleeves


The Thigh Sleeves provide a convenient anchor point for the ligaments. The Thigh Sleeves attach to the Apex 2 with a buckle, making them simple and easy to use. You can also easily loosen them when you want to cool down and tighten them when you are ready to work.



The Apex 2 reduces muscle fatigue and strain by 40 % and relieves 100 pounds of back strain with every lift. It's made with abrasion-resistant fabrics, engineered-grade polymers and aircraft-grade aluminum, so the suit can withstand the toughest environments.




The Apex 2 improves on the already best-in-class modular design of the Apex 1 to fit even more people comfortably. And the new design dramatically reduces heat retention - making it better suited for all-day use in a wider range of applications.


Ease of use


The sleek and flexible design of the Apex 2 moves naturally with the user's body, giving you the freedom to maneuver through a variety of tasks and even in tight spaces. Along with an on/off switch that only helps you when you need it, the Apex 2 is practical for working quickly in many industries.

  • Reduces the risk of injury: musculoskeletal disorders lead to high medical costs and affect the worker's quality of life
  • Reduces absenteeism: Keeps hardworking men and women ready to work and support their families
  • Reduces fatigue: Fresher and happier employees mean better productivity
  • Improves culture: Retain employees and reduce turnover

Interested in Exo-as-a-Service? Apex 2 is available at a low cost per user in bulk kits, but we know that enterprises often prefer a lease or as-a-service model. We're pleased to now offer Exo-as-a-Service to select organizations. So contact us if you'd like to learn more about this exclusive service.

  • The overall depth of Apex 2 backrest is more than 50 % thinner than Apex 1, which makes it even more comfortable for people to sit or recline. This is to improve the comfort of users when sitting in chairs with higher backrest, forklifts, truck seats, etc.
  • Revised shape and design of the strap component to improve load distribution across the upper body and dramatically improve comfort when gripping in front of the body.
  • HeroWear also reduced the surface area on the back by half, turning it into a ventilated panel that reduces heat retention.
  • The surface area of the thigh cuffs has been reduced by 40 % to further reduce heat retention.
  • The Apex 2 also has a patent-pending feature for quick tightening/loosening of the thigh cuffs. For more information, see the peer-reviewed study "Exoskeletons and Exosuits Could Benefit from Mode-Switching Body Interfaces That Loosen/Tighten to Improve Thermal Comfort." In summary, the study suggests that exoskeleton harnesses (in this case on the legs) should be automatically loosened when the wearable device is not actively supporting the user to reduce the amount of heat they trap.
  • HeroWear has upgraded the fabric to a 1000D ballistic nylon, which is more abrasion resistant.
  • The Velcro closure on the old thigh cuffs has been replaced with a polymer buckle (originally a Velcro closure).
  • Improved the polymer used for the plastic components in the coupling and replaced the elastic band joints with aircraft-grade aluminum.

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HeroWear Apex 2 Test Report

We tested the Apex 2 exoskeleton from HeroWear on 13.05.2023 and are extremely enthusiastic. You can tell that the developers of the Apex 2 have fully understood the target group. With the Apex 2, you can sit without any problems (the back element has been extremely reduced in size compared to its predecessor), so you won't notice the Apex 2 on your office chair or forklift. Jumping is also child's play. All in all, it is by far the lightest exoskeleton on the market. You hardly notice that you are wearing it after an hour. It's also one of the few solutions without a waist belt, so you can still stash your smartphone and keys in your pocket, even go to the bathroom without taking the solution off as a man. The construction at the back end has been designed to be extremely breathable. Often, large surfaces that are in contact with the body cause sweating. This is not the case here. The back area is extremely flat and the solution itself is kept very narrow. There are not so many parts on the body and in itself just kept very compact. We liked this extremely well, as long-term practical use depends on these peripheral attributes. It just doesn't get in the way of everyday professional life. We first made the wrong thigh selection. This is extremely important here so that you can extract the full benefit. The solution not only supports lifting, but also admonishes, so the design makes it almost impossible to lift incorrectly. The design is chosen so that even younger workers get intrinsically motivated. It's cool and just a great effect with little material usage. The parts are easy to clean due to the material efficiency, making them hygienic. When working with a lot of dust, the thigh holder needs to be wiped down once a day because it contains an anti-slip solution inside which can cause friction when there is a lot of dust. It is very easy to put on and take off. There is a kind of switch option at the shoulder area, which is by far not as difficult to use as with other solutions.


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HeroWear was founded at Vanderbilt University. HeroWear has received a total of $1.6M in 4 rounds of funding. The latest funding was raised on Jan 7, 2022 in a Venture - Series Unknown round. HeroWear is funded by 2 investors. Launch Tennessee and National Science Foundation are the latest investors.

Company address

  • HeroWear, LLC
  • Nashville
  • TN 37203
  • US

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