Tilta Armor-Man 2 Exoskeleton Support for Gimbals

Tilta Armor-Man 2 Exoskeleton Support for Gimbals

Tilta Armor-Man 2 Exoskeleton Support for Gimbals

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Product Highlights

  • Adjustable Vest + Two Spring-Loaded Arms
  • Supports Any Gimbal with Dual Handgrips
  • Supports Freefly MoVI, DJI Ronin, Etc.
  • Quick Release Arm Attachment/Removal
  • Tension Adjustment at Multiple Points
  • Onboard V-Mount Plate & LEMO Connector
  • Integrated Cable Clamps
  • Includes Weatherproof Wheeled Hard Case
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  • 1Description

As great as a gimbal stabilizer is, you still must hold it with your arms the whole time. The Tilta Armor-Man 2 is designed to take the weight off your arms, allowing for an entirely different experience.

The Armor-Man supports any gimbal with dual handgrips, including the Tilta Gravity, Freefly MoVI, and DJI Ronin. Its core components are a body vest and two spring-loaded arms that securely snap into the vest. Simply mount the gimbal on the arms, and operate it free of weight stress and with significantly improved stability. It will be more like steering the gimbal than actually holding it. Now you can boom the gimbal down as far as possible to the ground, with your focus more on the shot than on the weight of the gimbal.

Each arm features two spring-loaded sections, and the tension of each section is adjustable independently via a dedicated knob. On the end of each arm is a swivel-adjustable handgrip support for attaching your gimbal handgrips. When not in use, such as between takes, the arms can be swiveled down into a resting position. When you're ready to pack up for the day, the arms quick-release off the vest as easily as they attach, and the entire Armor-Man fits into an included custom hard case.

The vest is adjustable to fit most body types. It comes with a V-Mount battery plate secured to it, and a 4-pin LEMO connector for running power directly to the gimbal. Multiple cable clamps along the right arm allow you to neatly organize an optional power cable if needed. The included hard case is weatherproof and has a retractable handle, two wheels, and four quick release latches.

The Armor-Man also allows you to easily adjust camera settings, as it pretty much holds up the gimbal all on its own, leaving your hands virtually free.

Key Features
  • Supports any gimbal with dual handgrips, such as the Freefly MoVI and DJI Ronin
  • Adjustable vest that fits most body types
  • Two spring-loaded quick release arms with tension adjustment
  • Arms can be set to a resting position when not in use
  • V-Mount battery plate and 4-pin LEMO power connector integrated on the vest for powering the gimbal
  • Cable clamps along the right arm for organizing an optional power cable
  • Includes custom, weatherproof hard case with a retractable handle, two wheels, and four quick release latches
UPC: 847983015566
In the Box
Tilta Armor-Man 2 Exoskeleton Support for Gimbals
  • 2 x Spring Arms
  • 2 x Swivel Hand Grip Supports
  • Support Vest with V-Mount Battery Plate
  • 2 x Extra Support Pads
  • Travel Hard Case
  • Mini Screwdriver
  • 3mm Hex Key
  • 4mm Hex Key
  • 5mm Hex Key
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Dimensions Travel Case: 27 x 20 x 12" (68.5 x 51 x 30.5 cm)
    Weight Armor-Man 2, Fully Assembled:
    19 lb (8.5 kg)

    Travel Case with Armor-Man 2:
    43 lb (19.5 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 47.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.2 x 20.5 x 13.4"
    Armor-Man 2 Exoskeleton Support for Gimbals is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth every penny Our company bought Tilta's gravity gimbal last fall, and recently purchased the Armor man to accompany it. We are very pleased and think the design is extremely well thought out. No gimbal or stabilizer is perfect, but with the exoskeleton we can shoot for hours without having to take breaks. The arms can be tweaked to get just the right amount of tension, and it's super easy to put on. I'd say this should almost be required if using their gimbal. The ones from other brands that hang over your head like a dangling carrot get caught in doorways and branches when shooting outdoors, this thing fits through doorways easily and feels like you have all the control you need. I mean, you will still look like a freak, but less so than other brands imo.
    Date published: 2017-06-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok product for an ok price Having used the armor man on two shoots now, it is time to share my observations... The good: - It does what it's supposed to, take some/all of the weight off of the arms to be able to run around with a gimbal longer. - It's nicely priced (way lower than the competition - It's easy to transport and pretty sturdy - The force adjustment is very simple (two knobs on each arm) The bad: - The manual release pulleys in the front don't really work. You can pull like crazy and nothing happens. The mechanism in the back has way too much friction for it to work. This isn't a huge deal as the arms can be held to the body with minimal force when not in use - Some of the arm knobs are so hard to turn that you basically need a wrench to adjust (no decent QC before sending that stuff out, I guess) - The vest is a major pain to adjust if you're too small and/or too chubby and the back piece is not really ergonomic (a flat piece of metal). Some of the Velcro is too short and some of the adjustable pieces have too little way to actually adjust depending on the body to adjust it to. - There is no manual or instructions anywhere, you basically have to figure it out yourself. Assembly is simple, but a good manual on how to properly adjust the vest would be worth its weight in gold. All in all, the product is ok and does its job, but your back will still hurt after a (shortish) while.
    Date published: 2016-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does its job... Well. I've had my Armor-Man 2 for just over a year now and thought I'd take the time to give some notes and address some of the other reviews here... Relatively quick learning curve-in a couple hours you should be getting the swing of it, after a couple days it becomes an extension of you. It does what it is built to do. It takes the bulk of the weight of your rig (I've gone up to an Epic Dragon w/carbon V-lock kit & small IDX batt onboard, Cooke S4 lens, Preston MDR, TV Logic 5.6) and transfers it across your back. Yes, your back (mostly lower). There is no magical tool that can just take the weight of a camera, gimbal rig & accessories and make them disappear. I think this is a fair compromise considering that your back is a larger/stronger array of muscles than your biceps and shoulders. Range of motion is great and allows for much easier facilitation of eye-level shots (with gimbal standard position). The Armor-Man 2 will definitely reduce fatigue and lengthen your day. The whole thing just narrow enough to make it through standard size doorways. Vest is comfortable and easy to adjust. I'm average size, athletic build (5'10/200). Seems like there is a fair amount of adjustment that can be made either direction-I can't speak to smaller-framed people or significantly bulkier builds... The manual pulley system does work well and is a nice feature to keep the arm from swinging around in-between takes (which is a real concern, the arms have some weight are are at the perfect height to whack people in the head). There is a trick though, because of the weight of the arms it helps if you lift the arm up slightly as you pull the release. The arms have hooks that latch on to cables built into the belt. Addressing some of the other things people have brought up... Yes, there is a bit of an ammonia smell in the case. Pretty certain this is just from whatever adhesive they used to glue the molded foam inserts together in the case. A couple of the tension knobs can be difficult to turn. Two knobs are easy, they are bigger and more exposed and can be adjusted quickly with the index finger and thumb of one hand. The knobs closer to your body can be tougher to adjust. This can be attributed to the design, these knobs need to be physically smaller due to where they are and proximity to other moving parts near them. That being said, they are adjustable and yes they are adjustable without pliers-you're best bet is to remove the arms to adjust, I actually use one finger from both hands to make the adjustment and it takes marginally longer than the other knobs. At the end of the day, unless your camera build is changing radically between takes, you shouldn't really need to adjust that often. If you are using a set of similarly sized primes or staying on a zoom, once you set the tension you should be good to go. You might also want to adjust tension if you have several eye-level or lower angle shots. Yes, there is no manual but the Armor-Man 2 is a very straightforward piece of mechanical gear. Yes, the Armor-Man 2 itself is nearly 20 lbs. For me the Armor-Man 2 edges out the Easy-Rig/Flow Serene setup in a couple scenarios... An obvious one being lower ceilings, low doorways, low tree branches, etc. With the Armor-Man 2 your head is really the only height/clearance consideration. I feel like it's marginally easier to get low angle, foot-level shots with the Armor-Man 2. Another situation is when doing stage work (example: orbiting a subject at a concert, competition reality show, etc.) where most of the lighting is hung-the Easy-Rig/Flow Serene setup can cast significant shadows on your subject as you pass under lights whereas, once again, with the Armor-Man 2 your head (and/or how high you're holding your rig) is really the only height/clearance consideration. It goes without saying that if you're operating gimbals loaded with any significant weight you should be in decent physical shape.
    Date published: 2017-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of All I own an Easy Rig, a Ready Rig and this one the Tilta Armor 2. Definitely this one gives me the most range of motion, the Learning curve is very fast just require a couple of hours to master it. I really love this thing :)
    Date published: 2017-06-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Biggest piece of garbage ever made. I was sent this very early, just as it was released. Absolutely horrible quality, labeled the wrong way in, loose dials. Avoid!
    Date published: 2017-06-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from The good, bad & ugly. (not necessarily in that order) First thing, when I removed the case from the box, one of the wheels was broken off of the mount and no way to repair. When I opened the case, I was practically knocked over by a potent smell of ammonia. I have left the case open to air out but the fumes have yet to dissipate completely. This doesn't ship with even a simple set of instructions, so there is a bit of time wasted hunting online. Once I had the vest together, I experienced a bit of a comedy routine as the arms flailed about smacking into peripheral objects in the room before I was able to successfully secure the vest to my torso. (I later discovered that the arms can be attached to a cable at the sides which made things a bit smoother.) Operation of the unit is pretty straight forward. It does what it is supposed to do and is fairly simple to operate. Adjusting the spring tension to achieve zero G is definitely not finger adjustable and requires a pliers which is a bit of a hassle. Also, this is my no means a lightweight piece of equipment. The main issue with this is that although it relieves 90% of arm fatigue, I still find myself having to take frequent breaks and even removing the vest entirely as the weight of the vest, spring arms and the gimbal I am using (Ronin) is focused mostly to the lower back making this item virtually useless. I will be returning it and swapping it out for a Steadicam Steadimate.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
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