12 Questions with Jon Julio on the Valo lights
The Boss Jon Julio pulled time out of his busy Valo schedule to answer some followup questions I had regarding the new The Valo Lights that are scheduled to be released June 2011. Check out the Q&A and photos regarding the Lights only on http://www.yourdailyjuiceblog.com
PJ) The rumors about the Valo light were flooding the Internet for a while. How long have you been working on the Valo light design before you released the final product?
JJ) Hmm design wise.. at least 2 years.. maybe more..
PJ) Since the 1st preview at the 2011 winterclash , How has the rollerblading community responded to the idea and concept of the Valo Lights?
JJ)I felt like it went really really good.. Def stoked to get the response that we did especially from kids who don’t ride valos.
PJ) Now that Valo has ventured into the carbon fiber market, do you feel the Valo lights will receive the same amount of support from the Valo masses as the original shell?
JJ) Advantages of wider and lighter shell will help in a big way. Also having our original parts compatible with all the new Valo Light Parts will help recycle old styles with the new… We will see in June on the reaction! But so far so good.
PJ) Seeing as the shell is 100% Carbon Fiber, are there any concerns with cracking due to daily shredding?
JJ) As of right now nothing serious.. Bailes had one crack but after 3 months of testing.. Im on my 6-10th pair?.. no cracking.. and i have been filming/skating steady for 1.5- 2 months.. Valos are a solid skate as is.
PJ) What is the major selling point that the lights will have over the classic Valo boot?
JJ) I’m real proud of everything about this skate.. As far as the looks goes..The pics speak for themselves and hows the ride? we all been steady riding them for at least a year…cant speak highly about them enough.
PJ) You have stated that all parts are backwards compatible so if some one prefers older parts or skins on the light shell it would fit and vice versa. With the shell being 5mm wider and longer does will that force us to size up with previous skins and parts or will a size 9 skin still fit on a size 9 Valo Light shell?
JJ) Yes it will.. we have interchanged liners, buckles, and skins/souls.. all are compatible with another..
PJ) Did you or any one from the Valo team have complications making the switch from the original shell to the Valo Lights?
JJ) None at all.. but since the original shell we have def. made changes/adjustments since the original samples..
PJ) The Valo team is compiled of skaters who each have a unique style? Are there riders on the team that prefer the original shell to the Valo Lights?
PJ) I’m pretty excited about the new 2 piece sole design, does this add for more speed or durability or is it simply just a new look that Valo is going for?
JJ) it wont be too different considering we asked the whole team for their input.. and all agreed to not change the functionality of the souls. so you will get a similar grind feeling as the original valo soul plates. The new soul plates are a new look more streamline. So now you can choose from 2 separate valo soul styles.. classic or streamline looks.
PJ) Correct me if I’m wrong but the retail tag for the Valo JJ lights are roughly around $359.00 boot only. Do you feel the quality and construction of this new carbon fiber shell will make the rolling community over look the price once they put on a pair?
JJ) Well its hard to overlook $359. BUt due to the quality, cost of materials , and the amount that are being made.. such a price tag is def necessary.
PJ) Can we expect a Valo Light tour this year since the team is filming for Valo 5?
JJ) Actually you can expect us in NYC very soon.. you can peeps the flyer attached.
PJ) I think the biggest question the rollerblading community wants to know is when the “Pimp Juice Pro model” Valo dropping ?
JJ) haha.. we have to talk
PJ) Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for my blog. Is there anything you would like to add that I might have missed out on?
JJ) 4Life! and V coming soon.. hmm plenty of brewing going on.. looking forward to 2011 and 2012 thanks for everything boss! Valo4lIfe JJ
Thanks for everything boss! Valo4lIfe