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(The Gear Loop) - Known for both its fast hiking and excellent trail running footwear, Lake District-based Inov-8 is combining its two passions in the ROCLITE G 315 GTX V2.

It features a sticky rubber outsole that, like many of its best trail running shoes, is enhanced with Graphene – the world’s strongest material – for longer-lasting tough grip and Gore-Tex waterproofing to keep feet dry and comfortable.

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The shoe is essentially an evolution of the existing ROCLITE G 315 GTX but now packs a flexible rock plate for protection from stones and other sharp objects underfoot. It is further bolstered by a toe bumper and stronger, improved upper materials for greater durability. Plus, a more cushioned midsole foam with added bounce.

Wayne Edy, founder of Inov-8, said: "This is a shoe that does it all. From hiking to trail running to multi-day adventures on land and water, it offers supreme versatility to tackle all types of challenges".

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"Our ROCLITE footwear franchise is one of the longest serving in the range and has a loyal global following who trust in its performance. We hope this new addition will encourage more people to give ROCLITE a try".

In terms of grip, Inov-8 has chosen not to mess with a winning formula, as users will find the classic 6mm ROCLITE lugs grip to almost everything.

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The midsole features a fairly sizeable 8mm drop and a new POWERFLOW MAX foam to give greater cushioning and energy return. 

The latest shoes costs £155/$175/€180 and is available to buy now.

Writing by Leon Poultney.