Gravis has announced the launch of Gravis IV Skateboarding (IVSK8), a new division of the company dedicated to skateboarders. IVSK8’s first performance skate shoe, Arto Saari’s signature Viking Hi LX Ltd, is available now in specialty shops in the US, Europe and Japan with new styles and colorways set to debut in October.

“Everything is very unique about IVSK8: the riders, the product, the visuals, the vibe. I always say that you should listen to your heart and that’s what I did,” says Saari, who went through 26 rounds of design for the Viking. “I’d like to see Gravis push skateboarding to another level with both skating and development of skate shoes. We’re going to build an amazing team.”

Key design elements of the Viking include premium leather upper materials, a breathable mesh lining, poron shock absorption and a high traction rubber skate cupsole.

“Our shoes have a fashion influence that will set the Gravis IVSK8 line apart” adds Mark Oblow, creative director for skateboarding.

A significant percentage of Gravis IVSK8 sales will go to causes organized by the skate community.