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(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.

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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.

Inov-8James Forrest sets new record for a self-supported hike of Three Peaks wearing Inov-8’s new RocFly G 390 boots photo 5

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."

Inov-8James Forrest sets new record for a self-supported hike of Three Peaks wearing Inov-8’s new RocFly G 390 boots photo 2

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. 

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Writing by Leon Poultney. Editing by Chris Hall.