The Vanilla Blackmail inline speed skates are one of the only brands to stand out from the crowd of stock skates, in a sport where custom builds are often preferred. The sheer volume of positive reviews for the Vanilla Blackmail blows its nearest competitor, the Bont Jet, out of the water, perhaps due in part to the price difference -- the Bont Jet usually retails for about twice the price of the Vanilla Blackmail.
Although the Blackmail skates are fast, comfortable and lightweight, some reviewers complained that the boot is a little wide for narrow feet, and several mentioned very poor shock absorption on the stock wheels, recommending that you immediately purchase new wheels. Although this is a very good skate, especially considering the low price, it's not the highest-performance speed skate you'll find; just the best reviewed.
We couldn't find any expert reviews for the Vanilla Blackmail, but there are an overwhelming number of positive user rankings and reviews on LowPriceSkates.com. Although many fewer users rated the Vanilla Blackmail on Skates.com, they still ended up with the same general rating, 4.5 stars out of 5.
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LowPriceSkates.com doesn't look quite as slick as some other inline skate websites, but the ability to either rate a skate or write a short review for it garnered 122 ratings and 30 reviews for the Vanilla Blackmail. Reviewers give the Blackmail an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, loving it for the great value and feeling generally positive about the fit. However, a few owners do complain about the wheels being too hard to absorb the shock of traveling over rough ground.
Review: Vanilla Blackmail Inline Speed Skates User Reviews, Contributors to Low Price Skates
Although Skates.com only offers four reviews of the Vanilla Blackmail (for an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5), the reviews are mostly well thought out, applauding the Vanilla Blackmail's value, light weight and good construction, with no complaints except for the roughness of the ride.
Review: Vanilla Blackmail Inline Speed Skates Reviews, Contributors to Skates.com