“Elevate is designed to offload weight from quads and knees to enable seasoned skiers to continue to enjoy the sport they love free of discomfort — making possible longer ski days, longer ski vacations, and ultimately a longer skiing career.”
The Elevate is the first powered and actively actuated ski exoskeleton. For the 2019-2020 Ski Season, it was available to rent from eight places within the U.S. though, understandably, the company chose to stop halt rentals due to COVID-19 related ski resort closures.
The Elevate is designed to support up to 30% of the user’s body weight. This is achieved by a small air compressor in a back-pack like pouch which rapidly inflates and deflates the actuators on either leg. The onboard software is a key component to make the Elevate work as intended. It is meant to anticipate and automatically adjust the support to the knees and quads. As any exoskeleton or exosuit, the device will not take over the skiing experience from the user but instead allow them to ski longer, and hopefully, safer.
In Feb 2019, Sean McCoy wrote a comprehensive first impression for GearJunkie with what is now an older version of the Elevate: I Skied With an Exoskeleton: ROAM Elevate First Look
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