Product test of graphene hiking boots. The boots are lightweight but strong. They are also expected to last much longer than other boots which will offset the higher initial price.
“The first hiking boots to contain super material graphene are now on sale, which their manufacturers claim will last 50% longer than equivalent footwear on the market.
The boots are the result of a collaboration between sportswear company inov-8 and the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute.
It is the same partnership that produced running shoes that contain graphene in mid-2018, which have since won a number of international awards.
The boots’ outsoles are made of a graphene-enhanced rubber. As graphene is 200-times stronger than steel and just an atom-thick, its manufacturers claim that this will substantially increase durability.
So, how do they perform?
Product test of graphene hiking boots
Named after their weight of 345g, the 345 GTX weigh less than half of the average hiking boots on the market. They feel about the same weight as standard running shoes and it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing hiking boots.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that their lack of weight means they’re flimsy. These are some seriously tough boots, able to withstand the surprisingly harsh terrain that can be found near Stroud if you know where to look….
These are lightweight, heavy-duty and comfortable hiking boots that will help keep you upright and your feet insulated on the muddiest of treks….
The shoes and boots are part of the inov-8’s four-year innovation project that aims to use graphene in half of its product range.
inov-8 CEO Ian Bailey commented: “Mark my words, graphene is the future, and we’re not stopping at just rubber outsoles.”
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