In the mid 90’s the Roces Majestic 12 was born and introduced as an aggressive skate to meet rollerblader’s street needs. It faced stiff competition from other skates that were better suited for street skating like the K2 Fatty and USD Throne. I had a pair of Majestic 12 or M12, and it had it’s drawbacks. It had a very small soul frame with rivets and the heel plate was a part of the boot. It had an inferior, thin liner. The cuff was higher that other brands. The stock frame was too high and the skate had no backslide plate.
In the early 2000’s, rollerblading was sharply declining but Roces had an idea. They would collaborate with Jon Julio, use his name and passion to start a new company. Julio is one of the forefathers of aggressive skating and people in the community tend to think of him as the guiding light to the sport, he’s our rock.
Then in 2002, a new skate brand was born and it was called Valo. The company’a mainstay was and is still Julio. The skates themselves were Roces Majestic 12, rebranded as Valo V13 though. Skate molds that are over 20 years old, adapted for the needs of rollerbladers today. The liners are better quality, they even have a neoprene toe to allow a skaters foot to stretch. They now have a one piece soul system that wraps around the whole skate which gives the skate a bigger soul, along with a backslide area. The skate, coupled with the soul plate has been reengineered to allow the adaptation of Universal Frame System, or UFS. This means you can now have a lower profile frame outfitted to the boot. They even cut the cuff to make it lower.
Unlike other skates, this skate has no bells and whistles. There isn’t carbon, no heat moldable liner, no frame changing system and no special moniker. It’s just well built skate, with quality plastic and has everything you need, nothing more.