The Gear Junkie: ‘Graphene’ Coming To Trail Shoes Next Year |

The Gear Junkie: ‘Graphene’ Coming To Trail Shoes Next Year

by Stephen Regenold

Imagine a material that is only one atom thick but 200 times stronger than steel. That is graphene, a wonder product revolutionizing everything from skis to race cars.

This month, for the first time, a company put it into footwear. In 2018, your trail-running shoes might have traces of the magic material.

British brand Inov-8 announced a line of shoes that have soles infused with graphene.

The company calls its treaded rubber “graphene-enhanced,” and it’s touted to flex and grip to all surfaces more effectively.

Inov-8 is a longtime favorite shoe brand for me. The small company has always bucked common convention, including “barefoot-style” runners and off-trail footwear with thin soles and exaggerated, spikey rubber tread.

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