This is the third iteration of the Viaterra Grid. The big change in design and protection came from the first to the second. This model here is more of a facelift from the second iteration. And as a result, it retains Grid’s blend of traditional thinking mixed with some smart features.
The gloves are made of goat leather which makes them both flexible and light. These are heavily perforated for ventilation but come with additional channels stitched onto individual fingers close to the knuckles to take advantage of better airflow while riding.
In terms of protection, the gloves come with TPU inserts to protect the knuckles and wrist bone in the event of an impact. And Viaterra says that using dual-layer TPU for the knuckles (only there for the outer two fingers) and wrist, not only helps further improve shock absorption, but also provides better coverage without compromising movement.
For the palm area, continue to use Knox’s armor. It is a combination of plastic (LDPE or low-density polyethylene) on the outside that prevents the sliding hand from unexpectedly snagging on something that could cause serious injury in a high-speed crash. And on the inside – to absorb the impact of the fall – the Grid uses Micro-Lock. Knox’s Micro-Lock armor is great at absorbing shock. But it’s also light and flexible and soft, and in fact very durable.
As is typical of most racing or sport motorcycle gloves, the Grid also comes with a little finger or little finger bridge to protect it from pulling away and breaking in a crash.