Why We Chose The Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX Boot: Incredibly light, super tough, super grippy.
There are so many aspects to highlight on this walking boot from Lake District-based fell running specialists Inov-8.
First of all, it’s remarkably light – a pair weighs just 690g. That’s a USP in itself. If you’re looking for something for fast and light hiking you’re not going to find a boot that’s much lighter.
But that’s not the main story here. Not at all. Because, the Inov-8 Roclite 345 has something special that no other walking boots have or have ever had. That something special is graphene, a ‘super material’ that’s said to be 200 times stronger than steel, but at only one single atom thick, it’s also incredibly light. The scientists who ‘discovered’ it at the University of Manchester in 2004 won a Nobel prize for their efforts, that should help to give a bit of perspective on just how special this material is. Oh, and it’s used in bulletproof vests – that’s a little bit more perspective for you.
“The scientists who ‘discovered’ Graphene at the University of Manchester in 2004 won a nobel prize for their efforts.”
That material has been infused into the Roclite 345’s outsole making it virtually indestructible. It simply isn’t going to wear out on you. Stab and jab at it with a kitchen knife and you’ll barely see a mark… trust us on that. 50% more hardwearing than normal shoe soles they say. Impressive.
So there’s something seriously good down below, but what about up top? Mesh, lots of breathable mesh. This is given a bit of reinforcement in the areas that need it with what seems to be a PU laminate, and then there’s a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane underneath of course.