Volador is one of the most recognizable names when it comes to longboards. It originated from ORCA Industries Ltd. and is well-known for their no-nonsense boards. Their Amazon profile contains the quote “We only build what we want to ride”.
This quote fits them perfectly; it is evident with their products that they have the riders wants and needs in mind when they conceptualize their boards. Let’s take a closer look at their most in-demand products.
I love freeriding and most of the boards I’ve tried so far have performed underwhelmingly. Most of them were good but only when used for dancing. What I needed is a board that would give me the best of both worlds.
A longboard that can perform great when used for dancing yet comfortable enough for use as a cruiser. My problem was solved when I stumbled upon the Volador Dancing Longboard. It was highly recommended by some of my friends so I decided to take a deeper look.
Volador 46inch Maple Dancing Longboard
This 46-inch Dancing Longboard is Volador’s answer for those who are looking for a smooth and enjoyable dancing ride. It has a cold-pressed 8-ply maple deck that is augmented by raiser pads and wheel wells. It’s a longboard that performs well when used for tricks and extreme turns. The longboard is also quite maneuverable.
All of the materials used in this longboard are of top quality like the genuine aluminum alloy trucks, carbon steel bolts, and chrome steel bearings. Through the use of these top-notch parts and materials, the Volador Dancing Longboard delivers a top riding experience.
To quote Volador “We only build what we want to ride, the only target for us is to make the board ride as good as it looks”. They live up to this mantra by delivering a longboard that any longboard enthusiast would be happy to ride.
The Volador is a close competitor of the Magneto Bamboo Longboard. Both are great dancing longboards although the Magneto has a drop through deck.
The deck of the Volador is maple while the Magneto uses a bamboo and fiberglass hybrid. Unlike the Volador, the Magneto has subtle kicktails on both ends that make it even easier to control.
Features and Benefits
Whenever I check a longboard, the first thing that I do is inspect the deck. The deck is the body of the longboard and I consider it as the most critical part of any board. Volador’s dancing longboard has a deck made of 8-ply cold-pressed hard rock maple.
I was surprised at how flexible the board is considering the thickness of the board and the toughness of the wood used. It’s not springy flexible but it does yield a bit when riding. Most riders who love to dance may want a very stiff and unyielding board for when they perform their tricks.
I don’t mind a bit of flex on my board. Like what I said, I also use my board for cruising and even though I don’t need any flex while dancing, the flex can come in handy while cruising.
The flex of the deck makes for a more relaxed cruising experience. Even if I accidentally go over rough patches of road, the flex allows the board to absorb much of the vibration and shock. I may be adventurous but I don’t like the feeling of my rattling teeth because of the jarring ride caused by road imperfections.
Reverse Kingpin Truck
The Volador Dancing Longboard is equipped with genuine aluminum 7-inch reverse kingpin trucks. You can adjust these trucks depending on the amount of maneuverability that you require.
If you don’t know how to adjust your trucks, there is a simple to follow video tutorial that you can watch online. Reverse king trucks are trucks that have the kingpin facing outwards when attached to the deck. So, what’s in it for you with reverse king trucks?
Although standard kingpin trucks can be a good thing because the kingpin is protected from grinds, a reversed kingpin makes the longboard more responsive. It also helps make the longboard more stable, which is what I needed because a stable board is perfect for cruising.
ABEC-9 Precision Bearings
An ABEC-9 bearing is one of the highest rated bearings you can get. Simply put, these bearings have the high tolerance levels and are the some of the most precise bearings you can get your hands on. Why do you need high tolerance?
A high tolerance bearing means that it can take a great amount of pressure without breaking apart. Bearings have ball bearings inside them and they spin around and grind against each other when you ride. As the grind against each other, they produce friction and heat.
If a bearing has a low tolerance, the friction and heat can damage them and cause them to disintegrate. ABEC-9 bearings are made to withstand such friction so that you will still have a bearing that spins smoothly even after a long ride.
This longboard has a wheelbase that measures 37 inches. This is a generous length and contributes a great amount to the board’s stability. Thanks mainly to its wheelbase, I found this longboard stable even at high speeds. This is quite useful especially when you find yourself on a downhill ride.
I don’t particularly like downhills. I like riding on long stretches of roads since these are more relaxing and they allow me to enjoy the scenery. However, we can’t completely control the geography we are in so even though the area where I’m from is mostly flat and even, there are some downhills that I cannot avoid.
It is during these downhills that I appreciated the stability of this board. It is also easier to slide because of the long wheelbase. The only thing that I don’t like about long wheelbases is that they are slower to turn. Longboards with long wheelbases have a large turning radius.
I would have loved it if the turning radius was tighter on this board but it’s something that I can live with. To counter the issue I just make sure to anticipate my turns so that the timing is better and I avoid overshooting.
Things to consider before buying a dancing longboard
When buying a dancing longboard, there are many factors you need to take into consideration. I had a hard time looking through all my board options before I finally decided on getting the Volador Dancing Longboard. The first thing you should consider is the deck.
The type of material used in the deck can be a deal breaker. Dancing longboards need a deck that is durable. There are decks made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. Some longboards even have decks that are made of laminated bamboo. I settled on a hard maple deck. It has just enough stiffness to make it easy to control while dancing.
The length of the deck is also something to consider. Long decks are meant for taller riders since they may be too hard to control for shorter riders.
If you are tall but on the heavier side, it may be better to go with a deck that is not too long so that it can still support your body weight without snapping. I mentioned this since extended decks, even if they are made of hard material, can become pliable.
You might also want to consider the trucks of the board you are purchasing. Reverse kingpin trucks are preferred since they are more stable and they make the board easier to control.
Things to look for when buying a dancing longboard:
?ABEC-7 bearings or higher
?Reverse kingpin trucks
Alternatives to Volador Longboard
Magneto Longboards Bamboo Longboards
The Magneto Longboard is an excellent alternative to the Volador. This is the product that I was looking at before I found the Volador. The deck is made of a high-tech combination of fiberglass, bamboo, and carbon fiber. The materials used for the deck make it very strong but also very stiff.
The bearings that they use on the Magneto are ABEC-11 bearings so they have more tolerance compared to the ABEC-9 bearings of the Volador. The deck has a deep concave compared to the the Volador, which has only a slight one.
Concaves are meant to give more foot traction to the deck which makes sense for the Magneto because this board is made for carving and aggressive riding; the Volador is more of a dancing board.
When you look at the Magneto, the features and materials are better but it is also more expensive compared to the Volador. The Magneto is more of a professional board and I opted for the Volador because it is more affordable. Although there are a lot of extra options on the Magneto, I don’t need all of those extras.
Comparison to the Volador longboard:
?The deck is made of a hybrid of bamboo, fiberglass and carbon fiber as opposed to the Volador’s pure maple deck.
?The Magneto uses ABEC-11 bearings while the Volador uses ABEC-9 bearings.
?This board is made for a more aggressive driving style while the Volador is ideal for cruising and dancing.
Rayne Whip47 Dancing Freestyle Freeride Bamboo Fiberglass Longboard Skateboard
The most glaring difference between the Rayne Whip47 and the Volador is the length. The Rayne is quite long at 47 inches. This makes it ideal for really tall riders.
With a deck this long, tall riders should be able to enjoy a more stable and comfortable stance. Tall riders can stand alright with the Volador but longer legs will mean that the feet stay closer together, which might result in les stability.
There are also kicktails in the Rayne. Kicktails are essential for those who love performing tricks on their board. A kicktail is essential if you want to perform an ollie. As for the deck, the Rayne’s deck is made from a combination of bamboo and triaxial fiberglass.
Both of these materials are very strong yet very light. The lamination on the deck also makes it waterproof. I really like the graphics on this board. Most of the boards feature graphics on the underside since the top of the deck has the grip tape that helps you stay on the board.
For the Rayne, the grip tape has sublimation graphics so you still get traction while riding but with the bonus of having a nice-looking top deck as well. This is a great longboard for those who want an eye-catching longboard.
Comparison to the Volador longboard:
?This board has graphics on both the top and bottom of the deck while the Volador has graphics on the bottom and grip tape on the top deck.
?The deck is durable but lightweight whereas the Volador is also durable but heavier.
?This board has waterproofing properties and the Volador does not have this feature.
Laguna Longboard Collection
The Laguna Longboard is roughly the same size as the Volador. This is an ideal board for those who are tall and want longboard that is easy to control. It has a classic pintail shape. The deck is made of a combination of maple and bamboo as opposed to the maple wood of the Volador.
The bamboo and maple deck give it the strength and a little flex. A curious thing about the Laguna is that it doesn’t have grip tape. The top of the deck has a sandy finish that doubles as a traction device for riders.
Comparison to the Volador longboard:
?This board has a classic pintail shape while the Volador has a bamboo longboard shape.
?This is a medium-length board while the Volador is very long.
?The deck is made of hybrid maple and bamboo whereas the Volador’s deck is made of pure maple wood.
The Volador Dancing Longboard has taken a massive weight off my shoulders. It has provided me with a ride that is ideal for dancing and can be used for cruising as well. This is made possible by its tough but flexible deck. The trucks are the reversed kingpin type so the longboard is easier to control.
The ABEC-9 bearings are also precise and have the tolerance that I need for my longboard. Overall, the Volador with all of its features and with a reasonable price tag has been an excellent choice for me!