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 a facelift of the second iteration. And, as a result, it retains Grid’s blend of traditional thinking mixed with some clever features.
The gloves are made of goat leather to make them both supple and light. These are heavily perforated for ventilation, but come with additional ducts stitched on individual fingers close to the knuckles to take advantage of better air flow on the move.
In terms of protection, the gloves come with TPU inserts to protect the knuckles and the wrist bone in case of an impact. And Viaterra says, the use of dual layer TPU for the knuckles (only there for the outside two fingers) and the wrist, not only further helps improve impact absorption, but it gives higher coverage without compromising on the movement.
For the palm area, it continues to use Knox’s armour. It is a combination of plastic (LDPE or low density polyethylene) on the outside that prevents the sliding hand in a high speed crash from unexpectedly hooking on to something which might cause a serious injury. And on the inside - to absorb the impact from the fall - the Grid employs Micro-Lock. Knox’s Micro-Lock armour is great at absorbing impact. But, it’s also light and flexible and soft, and in fact, very durable.
As is typical of most racing or sportsbike oriented riding gloves, the Grid too comes with the bridge for the little or pinky finger to protect it from getting pulled away and snapping in a crash.