(The Gear Loop) - Inov-8 recently announced the release of a new range of hiking boots that it claims will be the world's first to contain a "Graphene-enhanced" foam, which the company says will deliver cushioning and bounce like little else on sale.
According to Inov-8, the recently discovered material is the strongest but also the thinnest material in the world and when infused with the company’s G-Fly foam it offers supreme cushioning but also delivers 25 per cent greater energy return, aiding the bounce and spring required to cover big distances with ease.
To put this to the test, 37-year-old James Forrest laced up a pair and scaled the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) - plus all the miles in between them - on a 500-mile adventure that took him just 16 days, 15 hours and 39 minutes.
James, who holds multiple other long-distance hiking records, said: "The foam is amazingly springy and cushioned, almost propelling you forward with good rebound and energy return. The rubber is ultra grippy and the upper gives out-of-the-box comfort. Being non-waterproof, they dry really quickly and breathe well too - my preferred approach."
In addition to the Graphene Foam, Inov-8 also uses the innovative material in the sole, which features a new 10mm groove in the latest RocFly G 390 boots. This is said to offer great grip on a multitude of surfaces but still remain flexible enough to ensure maximum comfort on the trails.
Inov-8 founder Wayne Edy, whose UK Lake District based company remain the only one in the world able to use Graphene in sports and hiking footwear, said: "We continue to carve our own trails, daring to be different from the rest and leading the way with innovation. The RocFly G 390 is our latest example of that, delivering world-first technologies in a boot that will help hikers feel fresher for longer and supercharge their feet for endless adventure."
The RocFly is available in both mens' and women's versions, weighing just 390g and packing a 6mm drop, it costs £175 / $210 / €200 and is available to order now.