Inov-8 already makes great shoes; that’s no secret. But their newest running shoe is an innovative piece of running gear that makes great strides in running shoe technology, using graphene to construct a lighter, springier, more-durable shoe.
Graphene is carbon fiber’s cousin, a semi-metal that functions as a superconductor and is this used in everything from bike frames to spaceships. It’s essentially an ultra-thin layer of graphite – what they make pencils out of – yet also one of the strongest materials known to mankind, making it a “supermaterial” and ensuring people use it for pretty much everything. But up until now, it had never been used in pair of shoes.
Enter the Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 and Terraultra G 260. These running shoes feature rubber soles infused with graphene, to create a sole that is 50% stronger while also being much stronger and durable, all at the same time. Inov-8 claims you’ll be able to get over 1000 miles out of each sole. The Mudclaw G 260 is designed for trail running, with a multi-directional stud pattern designed for digging into mud and performs super-well on obstacle courses too. And the mud just washes right off. The Terraultra G 260, on the other hand, is made for more traditional trail-running, designed for use on hard-packed trails over long distances. It has Kevlar to provide durability and breathability, as well as that ultra-light, flexible graphene rubber sole.
In case you were wondering, each pair weighs 260 grams – hence the name. Both sets of graphene shoes are fantastic choices for lightweight, durable, grippy shoes, and they’re actually not all that expensive, clocking in around $150 a pair.
Try them out for yourself.