Standard crutches are hard on the body and haven't changed much over the course of history. The last major innovation was revising the basic "T" shape to the now ubiquitous adjustable A-frame—and that was during World War II. Mobilegs takes the design to the 21st century with modern materials and careful attention to ergonomic factors (which should come as no surprise given that their inventor helped design the Aeron chair). The new design provides better stability and reduces the type of secondary injuries—like nerve damage and wrist strain—associated with its predecessors. Better still, the lightweight crutches cost the same as the standard set.
This is NOT the 1st major innovation since WWII as stated in the mag. I've been using the "hurri-cane" crutch for several years, ever since I had to get my funny bone rerouted.
It also is handed (L & R) and the cuffs hold the crutch on your arm when you need to use a hand. (Prevents falling crutch syndrome when you reach for something in the grocery).
It's more expensive than regular crutches but it has a lifetime warranty. What convinced me to buy these was a short vid I saw of the designer standing on a pair of them laid across 2 chairs.
The hurri-cane crutch looks more like what they call a forearm crutch. I have a pair, and they put a lot of pressure on the shoulders. At least I notice it. So when they say 1st major innovation, it appears they are comparing it to a normal crutch and not forearms.
Having just recouperated from a broken heel, I find underarm crutches of any kind far inferior to the new kneeling prostetic devices like "IWalkFree" which allow complete hand free mobility, that's real innovation.
Stating "The last major innovation ... was during World War II" is simply not true. I spent the first six months of this year on crutches because of a shattered tibia. I started with the basic basic A-frame and quickly learned many of the problems and limitations of the A-frame design. I simple Google search found the "In-Motion Pro" crutches from Millennial Medical. The In-Motion Pro has been available for five years; and, shares many of the features of Mobilegs. For example; ergonomic left-right hand grip, spring shock absorber and comfortable underarm cradle. www.millennialmedical.com
I have looked through the Mobilegs site; and, I see no mention of "The last major innovation ..." statement. Perhaps the statement was added by an overly enthusiastic marketing person or editor to give the product description more "punch". Regardless, there is no good excuse for making false statements in Popular Science.
That being said; this looks like a very good crutch design; and, I wish the company great success.