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The world's first-ever hiking boots to use graphene have been unveiled by The University of Manchester and British brand inov-8.
Building on the international success of their pioneering use of graphene in trail running and fitness shoes last summer, the brand is now bringing the revolutionary technology to a market recently starved of innovation.
Atom - Thick - Steel - Graphene - Rubber
Just one atom thick and stronger than steel, graphene has been infused into the rubber of inov-8's new ROCLITE hiking boots, with the outsoles scientifically proven to be 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing.
Collaborating with graphene experts at the University, inov-8 is the first brand in the world to use the material in sports shoes and now hiking footwear.
Boots - Rubber - Outsoles - ROCLITE - ROCLITE
There are two boots with graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles: the ROCLITE 335 and the ROCLITE 345 GTX. The former offers increased warmth on cold days with PrimaLoft insulation in the upper of the shoe, while the latter has waterproof GORE-TEX protection for hiking adventures in wet conditions.
The ROCLITE 335 weighs just 335g and the ROCLITE 345 GTX weighs just 345g. Both are available to buy now.
Michael - Price - Product - Marketing - Director
Michael Price, inov-8 product and marketing director, said: "Working with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester, we've been able to develop rubber outsoles that deliver the world's toughest grip.
"The hiking and outdoor footwear market has been stagnant for many years and crying out for innovation. We've brought a fresh approach and new ideas, launching products that will allow hikers, fast-packers and outdoor adventurers to get more miles out of their boots, no matter how gnarly the terrain."
Dr - Aravind - Vijayaraghavan - Reader - Nanomaterials
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