The collaboration between the University of Manchester and British sportswear brand Inov-8, which started in 2017 and has already produced the G-Series range of graphene-enhanced shoes and a pair of hiking boots which utilize graphene, has now expanded even further.

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Since launching in 2008, the X-Talon has been Inov-8’s best-selling off-road footwear collection. Now, the brand announced that they have evolved the range with the graphene-enhanced X-Talon G 235.

Collaborating with graphene experts at The University of Manchester, Inov-8 has been able to infuse the material into its rubber outsoles which deliver “insane stickiness and increased durability” when running on slick, uneven surfaces.

The X-Talon G 235 is designed for trail and mountain running as well as obstacle course racers and orienteers.

“Graphene is extracted from graphite rock which was first mined in the fells and mountains of the English Lake District 450 years ago. Inov-8 and the X-Talon were forged in the same fells, albeit much more recently. What we’ve been able to do is bring all this history and heritage together, turn rock into rubber and design the ultimate X-Talon shoe with the world’s toughest grip. With 8mm studs that will retain their length for longer, a protective and lightly cushioned midsole, plus a seamless, one-piece upper that is flexible and durable, the X-Talon G 235 will give users the confidence to run fast over all soft ground and extreme terrain.” —Michael Price, COO, Inov-8

“We are leading the development of graphene in sports and beat many other brands to market with our graphene-grip innovation. Working with The University of Manchester, we have exciting on-going projects looking into ways in which we can further use graphene across footwear and apparel.”—Michael Price, COO, Inov-8