|Verducci Volando Review|
|I had a Verducci Volando boot sent to me to try and as far as I can see it is a Corsa with a color change and a buckle. This is a good thing as with everything that was going on at Verducci I didn't want to loose a Corsa like boot when the dust settled. The old Corsa was $240 and I charged $150 to put a buckled lace cover on it which brought a buckled Corsa cost to $390 so with the new Volondo having the buckle already on the boot and costing $429 your paying close to what you were before except the buckle is being put on at the factory and you don't have to wait an extra week for me to put one on.
There is one new thing I like and it's how the buckle is fastened, before the buckle was riveted right into the carbon of the boot and if the buckle broke you had to send the boot back to the manufacturer (or me) to have the old rivet drilled out and a new rivet and buckle installed. With the new Volando there is a plastic piece under the buckle that is fastened to the boot that has a threaded metal hole in it so with a phillips screw driver you can now unscrew the screw that holds the old broken buckle and within minutes screw on a new buckle.
Now you can carry extra buckles and replace them within minutes or seconds and not have to send the boot in and take days or weeks to have a new buckle put on. While testing the boot I felt small changes in the last but it felt like the changes were for the good if there were any at all. To put it simply it felt good just like the Corsa of old. I'm going to leave the rest of this review the same as the Corsa because like I say this boot is a Corsa with a color change and a buckle and yes you have to tab the Volando just like the Corsa.
I do believe this Verducci Corsa to be one of the best boots on the market at this time. This is the first boot on the market that off the shelf did not rip up my ankles. The arch is perfect for my foot, the arch is about the same as a Simmons boot. I do believe this boot is the lightest boot on the market at 12 ozs for a size 11 boot. Use this link for sizing:
For size, what has been working is to get one size over your men's street shoe size.
(below is a closeup picture of the boot)
|In the picture below I'm doing standing sprints.
The boot works good for standing sprints but where the boot excels is in continuous high speed skating. I skate 26 mile marathons and 10k's where the boot works better than most.
|Verducci makes this boot a little on the pronated side which means you will have a harder time getting an outside edge than most but I believe this is why it does so well at high speed. If you have trouble getting an outside edge you can click on this link to learn how to tab the frame with the Corsa boot:
I use one tab on my left boot and 2 on my right. The tabs allow me to move my frame to the center of the boot front and back and still get an outside edge. Without the tabs I have to move my frames way to the inside and even doing that it doesn't feel right. You don't want to use more than two tabs on a boot which is 2 degrees (1 degree per tab), if you feel you need more than two tabs you probably need to work on your form.
Looking at the picture below you should practice skating with your feet in this anti-pronated position (ankles are falling out). Now with any other boot (and I mean any) this position would cause excruciating pain but the Corsa cuff works like no other boot on the market as far as the smoothness and support of the upper cuff. Again in the picture below the frame is at a 45 degree angle (in an anti-pronated position) to the ground. Now you want to do this for one day, one week or one month depending on how much of a problem you have with pronation. Then after doing this for an extended amount of time you can allow your ankles to relax and your frame will be at a 90 degree angle to the ground instead of relaxing and the frame being at a 45 degree angle to the ground in a pronated position (ankles falling to inside). Also we have found the boot works best leaving the bottom laces looser and just tighten the top lace. This boot is very supportive so you don't need to lace the bottom as tight as some of the other boots to gain support.
|Double push is no problem with this boot and the cuff height is just right. In the pict below I'm doing crossovers. Again crossovers in this boot work good but where this boot excels is long distance high speed.|
|I believe this boot to be the most comfortable off the shelf boot on the market. If you were to have a problem, this boot it is one of the easiest to heat mold on the market. With a $240 price tag this boot is a bargain, I would choose it for comfort over any boot on the market at this time, even over the higher cost boots.
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