Inov-8 launches its first road-to-trail graphene shoe

Our tester gave the Inov-8 PARKCLAW G 280 the thumbs-up


by Trail Running |

The Inov-8 PARKCLAW G 280 has become the first road-to-trail shoe from the Cumbrian-based brand to feature graphene, the world's strongest material.

Inov-8 says infusing graphene into both the rubber outsole and foam cushioned midsole will give the shoe long-lasting grip and bounce.

Four years ago the firm become the first in the world to put the relatively newly discovered "supermaterial" into a running shoe outsole. As graphene is the world's lightest and toughest material, Inov-8 claim the range's products have enhanced durability.

With more and more opting to run from their door out on to the trails, this latest offering is aimed at attracting more of these hybrid runners. The G-GRIP outsole has 98 rubber cleats per shoe – all 4mm in length – designed to offer a claw-like trail grip and a smooth on-road ride. Meanwhile, it is claimed the G-FLY foam midsole – combined with a raised 8mm drop – propels 25% more energy return.

Trail Running's tester has been wearing a pair for several weeks and gave a positive early review, saying: "They make a great case for being a do-it-all shoe. Wet pavements are gripped as efficiently as rocks are by the 98 lugs, each 4mm in depth. The key is there's very little compromise; whatever the surface, they're a solid choice."

The new shoe weights 280g and is priced at £140.

Inov-8 founder Wayne Edy said: “This shoe is all about giving runners adventure from their door, allowing them to turn off the road, escape the grey, and unearth their inner wild side.

“We hope the PARKCLAW G 280 gives people more confidence to run to the trails, and then enjoy the incredible highs that trail running brings.

“I’m immensely proud of our pioneering use of graphene, this time in a road-to-trail running shoe. It sets us apart from all other brands and helps us design footwear that delivers outstanding performance and enhanced durability, with zero compromise.”

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Inov-8 PARKCLAW G 280
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