Get increased bang for your buck, the 5th Element Stella Plus Inline Skates are a slick looking, stylish and well-constructed skate when you are looking to go out and have fun while perfecting your skills. It has a subtle yet cool style and the comforts to match. An Aluminum Chassis is great for power transfer so you will not get fatigued as early and the ABEC 9 Bearings help keep the speeds up and going with each stride. The Soft Boot will keep your feet in good shape and you can lock yourself in with the laces, strap and buckle so that you have all the support and stability you need. A ratcheting ankle strap adds to the support and stability so you can get that just right fit you have been searching for. Excellent for the more experienced skater who is looking for a little more speed, the 5th Element Stella Plus Inline Skates offer tons of value and lots of fun. When you want performance and fun, no other skate at this price point can offer you the same thrills and functionality as the Stella Plus.
My daughter wanted inline skates for Christmas. She is at that age where the entry level would not do. We found the 5th Element Stella a great next step. They are stylish with bright fun colors, and comfortable. She loved the comfort and easy to tighten. We have only tooled around the living room so far as the snow outside has prevented a complete test drive- but our initial reaction is complete satisfaction.
This is my first inline skate and I am very happy with it. Performs well outside and at the rink, very comfortable, works for tricks and "speed" (my speed, anyway..) I wear a size 9 - 9.5 shoe and ordered a 9 and they fit well. I would definitely order this brand again or recommend them.
My first serious set of skates--very fast and comfortable
I'm glad the people at inlineskates explained the difference between the Stella and the Stella Plus. The Plus has a ratcheting ankle strap instead of the velcro ankle strap on the regular Stella. I don't like the velcro on my old skates and I'm glad I made the switch. InlineSkates.com is also shipping a short axle to me so I can switch out the brake--remember to ask for that and you can get one for free. That sealed the deal for me.
I have skated about 10 miles on these so far, over three days, and I'm quite happy with them. I'm a man, but I got the Stella skates because they were the cheapest option that would get me a metal frame with ratings in Intermediate skill range and Moderately Fast. I skate about 15 miles a week, mainly 3-4 mile outings with my dog, and I've been doing that for about 4 years now. I'm enjoying the switch from 76mm to 84mm wheels--faster and a better ride on rough surfaces. I'm not sure what the specs meant by "Skate Frame Material" and "Frame Material" but I assumed one would be around the wheels and one around the boot. Although the specs here call them both metal/aluminum, it seems like the stuff around the boot is not metal. The ratcheting ankle strap took a bit of getting used to. When I came back from my first skate run it took me a while to figure out how to undo it. Also, the top buckle sends the strap inside the frame, which looks and feels nicer, but I had to figure out how to move my leg so that my weight wasn't preventing the strap from advancing when I was latching it on. Minor things, but a little booklet with tips about the skate would help.
Very happy with the skates and the service!
I would strongly recommend these skates to anyone looking for high quality that wont cost insane amounts. These skates feel amazing on your feet and seem very true to size. Everything that's mentioned in the description is true from my examination. They feel comfortable with lots of padding and have great ventilation taking into account the materials used. They look even better in person and also have a good weight to them. My only concern is what appears to be a bend towards the front of the wheel frames that wasn't expected but after further thinking and seeing that it isn't adjustable I figured that it may just be something individual to this design of inline skates that improve the ride in some way. The frame is pretty straight upon inspection with a ruler meaning the optical allusion of a bend comes from the direction it was bolted on. The skates came fairly quickly and it in my opinion it was well worth the excitement and wait of about 5 days.
A: It depends on the fit that you are looking for, going a 1/2 size down won't necessarily be too small but will be a tight fit. I take my skates down a 1/2 size but I prefer a very snug performance fit. Going a 1/2 size up in most skates won't mean you'll be swimming in the skate and if you're a beginner skater looking at beginner to intermediate level skates you;ll be OK going with the larger size. Now, the 100% accurate answer would be to find a skate that is available in a half size and go with that but if the skate you are interested in doesn't come in 1/2 sizes then please use the information above to make the correct decision based on the fit you would like.
A: At this time no inline skate manufacturer makes a "wide" skate and all are a pretty standard width. Your best bet would be to go with a men's skate since these will be a bit wider just by design. The skates will take some time to break in, and if they don't break in enough to give you the perfect fit then you could add an aftermarket footbed or a heel lift. The heel lift can be used to alleviate some of the side to side pressure since it will pull your foot up in the boot.
Answered : Dec 05, 2016
By : Christopher
Q: I want to order these blades. I normally wear an 8 1/2 shoe, should I order a size 9 blade. I don't want them to be way to big?
A: If these were a high level skate the size 8 would be ideal to give you a performance fit but since these are more beginner to intermediate geared skates you will be fine taking them in the size 9. This will allow for a comfortable fit without the skates feeling too snug.
Answered : Oct 24, 2016
By : Christopher
Q: I live in a city, a spacious NorCal city. I'll be using the skates just around the city, kinda going wherever. Taking the bus here and there. I'm still uncertain about the difference between urban and recreation. Are recreational skates not good for sidewalks? I checked the buying guide and it was mentioned that 80-84mm skates were recommended for a city setting. Would these skates be okay for that?
A: These skates will be just fine in a city setting. The smaller diameter wheel (84mm) will give you great control while still offering smooth speed when you need it. Urban style skates are also designed for the city but they were originally intended for skaters that are hard on their skates and put their skates through a lot of abuse. You could use an urban skate but for leisurely skating around the city a recreational skate is just fine.