Impacting Mat Technology

HexNest's innovative impact technology creates a safer athletic mat without sacrificing performance

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Our Story

Mark began his passion for gymnastics in high school. Only two months into his experience, he compressed two vertebrae in his spine while dismounting off the high bar. HexNest was formed soon after and has developed solutions to some of the most important safety concerns in high risk sports.

Our Team

Mark Van den Avont


Ian Huntley

VP of Marketing

Our Vision

Our vision is rooted in the belief that safety is not a luxury for athletes.


We're transforming this vision into reality by producing safer and more affordable sports mats for high risk sports, while also enabling the accessibility of safety equipment.

Our Promises

Less Injury

Every year, more than 86,000 gymnastics-related injuries are treated. A majority of these incidents occur even though some type of safety equipment is being used. 

Our materials increase impact time, which results in safer mats than current options on the market.

More Practical

With traditional mats, gymnastics studios and younger gymnasts have difficulty moving them because of their size, form factor and weight.

Our mat's lightweight and revolutionary design ultimately increases its usability and durability for our customers.

Safety Doesn't Have to be Costly

The high cost of current sports mats results in the inability of gyms to purchase a sufficient number of mats and maintain a certain safety standard.


Through exploration and testing of different materials, we've been able to engineer a product that is more cost efficient.

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Contact Us

Reach us from our site or email us directly at info@hexnest.net


Urbana, Illinois, United States