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Burton Malavita EST 2020 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Malavita EST has one of our favorite ankle straps we have ever tried and although we personally like the feel of the Cartel better many still prefer the overall ride and feel of the Malavita.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.
How This Review Happened: We used these almost the entire day at the demos.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers,
Boards: Burton One Hitter
Highback Flex: The flex is pretty stiff and it’s much more rigid than the Cartel’s highback yet we find the same or maybe a touch less response vs. the Cartel.
Hinge Tech: The little springs on the hinge tech allow any board you pair these up with to pop a little bit higher on an ollie and they don’t seem to affect the edge to edge response.
Binding Adjustability: The Burton Malavita EST has good strap adjustability to fit most size boots but there isn’t too much adjustability when it comes to getting your boot to sit on top of the toe ramp/gas pedal. It’s best in the middle boot sizes of the recommended size range for each size. If you are a border size it doesn’t have the best fit. You can center it really well on the board though.
Stance Width Adjustability: Infinite, as they describe, is quite accurate and you can set this up any width you want and that is a pretty cool advantage over traditional insert boards and bindings.
Comfort: We haven’t really been in an uncomfortable Burton binding. The Burton Malavita EST is super comfortable and while no binding is perfect it has a great fit around the ankle and toe as to try it’s hardest not to give pressure points when riding. Of course, if you crank any binding down hard enough, you can find a way to hurt your ankles/feet but these are pretty good at distributing pressure.
Boot Support: The bigger ankle strap of the Cartel, it’s the nearest competitor, is a little more supportive but it’s still a very supportive ankle strap. It’s a great balance between support and freedom of movement. Like we said in the review it’s one of our favorite ankle straps we have ever tried and being gear whores of a pretty exceptional nature we have tried a lot. The one thing we don’t like about the Malavita EST vs. the Malavita is there is only one place to put your ankle strap. With the Malavita there are two so you can move your ankle strap up higher to give you more support and response. We also like the new toe strap over the older one. It fits around the boot really well and really pushes the boot into the suction style heel cup and high back. We say suction because it has a sticky rubber that sometimes doesn’t let go easy of your boot when you try to step out.
Turn Initiation: The Burton Malavita EST has a pretty smooth easy-going response that lives pretty comfortably on the medium side of the spectrum. Even though the high back is stiffer it is about the same as the Cartel edge to edge but it feels consistent throughout a turn and interacts well with almost every board we have ever paired it up with.
Buttering: The Burton Malavita ES is one of the best butterers we have come across. Sadly it’s limited to Burton/Channel System boards but man the board flexes really naturally underfoot with this EST tech combined with the Channel System. So if you get the one with the winged highback it makes a board butter even easier.
Ratchet System: Our demo here seemed off and looked pretty beat up. The production model ratchets are really smooth and easy on and off. However, sometimes they don’t crank down too hard. For me, that is super important on the toe but not as much on the ankle as I ride way better with it not cranked down too hard and I can ride all day that way without foot pain. If you crank it down hard, you shouldn’t. If I can’t try to persuade you to keep your feet functioning well all your life of riding and not crank it down then you might not want these.
Shock Absorption: The Burton Malavita EST has a thinner footbed than the Re:Flex but it’s not that much thinner and it provides consistent padding across the entire footbed. Overall it’s pretty cush.
So we hate this proprietary tech but can’t argue against the fact that these Burton Channel only bindings are really fun to ride. We still recommend the Re:Flex because it’s never good to have a binding for only a few companies when there are soo many other great companies out there making boards that you might also want to put Burton bindings on. Still, if you are monogynous with Burton they are a great choice.
Burton Malavita EST Past Reviews
The Burton Malavita has been around for a while. It’s got a stiffer high back than the Cartels but to us feels like there is a little less response edge to edge. Conversely it has more buttering power/response so it’s your call on which one has more appeal to you.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.
The Burton Malavita EST is a for Burton boards only binding but if you do ride only Burton boards I’d strongly suggest getting this. You have a better flex underfoot for better buterability, more pop with ollies and a little bit better edge to edge response. We prefer the Malavita Restricted EST better because of the winged high back but it’s really just splitting hairs over sub-levels of excellence when it comes to buterability.
The 2016-2018 Burton Malavita has the same general ride as the 15 but a few minor to mid-level upgrades.
- The new ankle strap is much thinner and it’s got a really good feel to it. It’s got the same asymmetrical style to it as the old Malavita ankle strap but with the same material as the Genesis Ankle strap. It really fits around the boot well.
- There is a new toe strap that didn’t work very well with the demo model because the rubber was too stiff but the production models are much better and really conform around your toe. It’s a little better than the old toe straps but it doesn’t really do as much feel wise as the ankle strap does.
There is no real change to the overall ride but the change to the straps just makes the binding feel a little more streamlined.
The 2015 Burton Malavita is very similar to the 2014 except it’s got the relatively new ratchet system and the straps fold out easier so its easier to get in and out of your boots.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo,
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Burton Ambush,
Boards: Burton Process Flying V, Burton Whammy Bar, Burton Super Hero, Burton Custom Flying V and a few other boards I can’t remember.
The 2014 Burton Malavita EST is pretty much the same binding as the 2013 model. There were a few minor tweaks but not enough to really notice a change in the ride. Still a great binding though and that hinge tech really makes a board pop. This video has the winged high back that use to be with the restricted model but this year they have one color that has the winged high beck with the Regular Malavita EST and no Restricted Malavita EST this year. We prefer the winged but all are good.
Adjustability: Burton bindings are very easy to customize to your boot and they have a lot of options to tweak the bindings.
Comfort: Very comfortable and they fit a wide range of riders.
Heel-Toe Response: These are a little better edge to edge but not that much. Because you are only riding Burton boards with the Malavita EST’s you don’t have to worry too much. I wouldn’t put them on the Custom or Custom X but they will do fine with just about any continuous rocker, flat to rocker or hybrid rocker shape they have. S-Rocker is questionable but I’d rather be on the Cartel Limited or Genesis.
Tip-Tail Response: Now tip to tail response is just exceptional. It has a very limited dead spot so it makes Burton boards flex underfoot incredibly easy. The Restricted model is even better in this area because of the winged high back. Now here is the thing with these bindings that just isn’t there with any other non-est binding right now. They have a hinge on each side that’s kind of springy. It really does add some extra spring to your Ollie. It’s a shame this is limited to just Burton boards because there are a lot of good boards out there these days.
Boot Support: Pretty locked in on the outside but there is some freedom on the inside and the overall feeling is pretty middle ground. Support where you need it and a loose feeling where you don’t.
Ratchet System: Top notch. You generally don’t have issues cranking em down or undoing them after.
Shock Absorption: The Malavita EST has a nice thick canted footbed that absorbs a lot of shock. If you aren’t into this you can get a thinner 5mm footbed that gives you a little more board feel and it feels more skate like.
2013 Burton Malavita EST- Same great binding from 2012. It’s hinge tech and all around ride was refined but it didn’t have the large leap in performance as the Re:Flex models did. So there is one feature here that is unique to any other binding company and even more specific unique to EST bindings only. It’s called hing tech and it has a very unique feature. There is a springy hinge at the base of each side of the heel loop at the base. It gives you added ollie power and makes any Burton board you ride ollie higher than a regular binding.
2012 Burton Malavita EST- The Malavita is one of those bindings where it’s hard to quantify Burton’s response rating of 6. We feel the edge to edge response is more like a 3 but longitudinal response is not a 10 but a Spinal Tap 11 (insert Nigel accent). If you own a Burton board and are looking for bindings that will allow you to flex your board longitudinally as well as generate more pop the 2012 Malavita EST or Malivita EST Restricted binding is the best choice you can make. There is nothing else out there with technology like the Hinge and this is another excellent innovation from Burton. That being said Burton pisses us off by only allowing this tech on the Malavita EST. Where is the love for the new Malavita Re:Flex Binding?
We tried the 2012 Malavita EST’s with a few park focused Burton Boards and all of us couldn’t get over how springy they were. At first we thought is was the board but then trying the same boards with a different binding told us what was really happening here. The marketing hype is pretty accurate here. We weren’t sure how the hinge tech would play out on edge to edge transitioning but it felt pretty responsive and could do ok on the mountain. Despite our love for these bindings we still wouldn’t throw these on the Burton Custom X but we loved them on the Burton Joystick. The only issue we have is an unanswered question about the longevity of “The Hinge” system on these bindings. Since no one knows we can’t say it will give out or not but time will tell and pretty quickly because these are going to be popular this year. On top of the new hinge tech the bindings still has pretty much the same ankle strap, toe strap high back and foot bed which we really liked in 2011.
If you are like us you won’t care that much if they only last for 100 or so days because it’s pretty awesome tech that truly improves your game. If you are a frugal snowboarder who only blows a wad every few years on new gear then I’d wait a year to get more user feedback.
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Burton Malavita EST User Reviews
I use the Custom X (2015) and mounted the Malavita EST 2016 WingBack on it.. and it's the best combo i've ever used.. I have also a Jamie Lynn LibTech with the Genesys ReFlex on it, but the response and control are not even close to the CustomX with Malavitas.. It also looks really nice (black matt on black matt:-)
Only Downside: When it's cool and freeezing, the Toe Straps are sometimes not holding and slipping! anybody else experience this problem?
Great for park and butters
My favorite binding next to the Genesis. I had the 2015 malavitas with the wing-back and I loved them. Support when and where you need it but super comfortable. Great park and all mountain binding. Although the Genesis is now my go to, I am in the market to pick up another pair of these.
2014 Malavita EST
I have had 25 days on the 2014 Malavita EST with no issues. Out of the box I set stance width, angles and centered toe/heel super quick. Highback rotation takes a little "work" but easy enough. Adjusting straps no problem. Don't forget the gas pedal!
I have two go-to angle settings depending on what I am riding. Easy to adjust on the fly.
I have had no issues and recommend the product. Comfortable, responsive and just enough "pass through" so you can feel what you are riding.
These pricey pieces of crap couldn't even last through one day of riding, brand new, I got 2 hours of easy riding when the buckle jammed and left me stranded to hike out of the back country and then down to the base. Avoid at all costs, super over-rated and overpriced.
2015 Malavita EST Racket system
Just purchased a new Burton Custom and Malavita EST Bindings from Brave New World here in NJ. 3 runs down the mountain and the racketing system took a PooP. Can't get a replacement for then for a week!!!!!!!!!! Ruined my 4 day weekend run with all my friends that are in town!!! If no one has had a issues with the 2014's then buy those since something is wrong with the design of the 2015's