1555

Graphite was first mined in the Lake District fells of Northern England

2004

Scientists at The University of Manchester isolate graphene from graphite.

2010

The Nobel Prize is awarded to the scientists for their ground-breaking experiments with graphene.

2018

inov-8 launch the first-ever sports footwear to utilise graphene, delivering the world’s toughest grip.

Ground-breaking technology

One atom thick carbon sheet

200 x stronger than steel

Thin, light, flexible, with limitless potential

Collaboration between inov-8 and The University of Manchester

inov-8 COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL GRAPHENE INSTITUTE

Previously athletes had to choose between a sticky rubber that works well in wet or sweaty conditions but wears down quicker, and a harder rubber that is more durable but not quite as grippy. Through intensive research, hundreds of prototypes and thousands of hours of testing in both the field and laboratory, athletes now no longer need to compromise. The new rubber we have developed with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester allows us to smash the limits of grip

The G-SERIES range is made up of three different shoes, each meticulously designed to meet the needs of athletes. Each includes graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles that deliver the world’s toughest grip and Kevlar – a material used in bulletproof vests – on the uppers.

Mudclaw 260
Tough mud
Revolutionary graphene-enhanced rubber and fearsome 8mm studs deliver the world’s toughest grip over soft and wet ground. Upper materials including Kevlar – commonly used in bulletproof vests – give high levels of durability and breathability.
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Terraultra g
Run forever
Revolutionary graphene-enhanced rubber delivers the world’s toughest grip on hard-packed trails, while next-generation underfoot technology strikes the perfect balance between comfort and responsiveness.
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F-lite 290 G
Defy Gravity
Revolutionary graphene-enhanced rubber delivers the world’s toughest grip in the gym, while new midsole technologies and upper materials raise the bar in terms of training-shoe comfort and durability.
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