Hello and welcome to my Burton Malavita bindings review.
In this review I will take a look at the Malavitas as freestyle snowboard bindings. These are bindings you can use for riding all-mountain too, they are very versatile – but this review rates them as freestyle bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Malavitas a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain bindings.
Bindings: Burton Malavita 2018
Price: $319 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: All-Mountain, All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 94.7/100
Compared to other All-Mountain Bindings
Out of the 20 men’s freestyle bindings that I rated:
- The average score was 75.1/100
- The highest score was 94.7/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 45.8/100
- The average price was $205
- The Malavita rated 1st out of 20!
Check out the table below for the available sizes for the Malavitas.
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|S||6.0 - 8.0||38.0 - 41.0||5.0 - 7.0|
|M||8.0 - 11.0||41.0 - 44.0||7.0 - 10.0|
|L||10.0 & up||43.0 & up||9.0 & up|
Who are the Malavitas Most Suited to?
The Malavitas are best for anyone who likes to ride a mixture of all-mountain and park. Or anyone who likes to use the whole mountain like a park.
They’ve got enough response for reasonably quick edge-to-edge transitions but are also flexible enough for tweaking and flex really well with the board making them great for butters/presses.
They’re also great for larger features in the park, where you want a bit more stiffness than you’d get out of a more medium-soft freestyle binding.
Maybe ever so slightly too stiff for beginners (and the price-point is probably a bit high for beginners) but certainly high end beginners/low level intermediates would be fine with these. Plus anyone advanced to expert that wants to use them for riding freestyle/all-mtn-freestyle.
The Malavitas in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Malavita bindings are capable of.
Bindings: Burton Malavita 2018, M
Date: I own these bindings
Bindings angles: mostly +15/-15
Flex & Response
Out of the Burton Cartel, the Burton Genesis and the Burton Malavita I would say that, when riding, the Genesis and the Malavitas feel about the same in terms of flex – around 5/10 – with the Cartels feeling slightly stiffer – around 6/10.
However, out of the 3 I found the Genesis the most responsive, the Cartels the next most responsive and the Malavitas 3rd in terms of responsiveness. Now that’s not to say that I noticed that much difference but there was a little bit.
So, not super responsive but not un-responsive either.
Super easy to butter/press. These bindings are made for this and this is where they excel the most.
They flex really well with the board – both the Re:Flex and the EST versions – but the EST versions slightly more so – but the Re:Flex flex so well with the board that there’s more than enough board feel there – and I’m fussy on board feel!
Like most Burton bindings, the Malavitas have plenty of adjustability – high back lean, high back rotation, ankle strap, toe strap etc – and it’s all easy to use and mostly tool-less.
These bindings have great shock absorption, which helps to make them seriously good for freestyle type stuff in or out of the park – landing those large kickers all day is less taxing with all the padding in there – and it’s great for absorbing shock from cruddy snow.
Nice smooth ratchets and typically easy to get in and out of.
Has the flex slider on the ankle strap that Burton bindings have had for the last couple of years. This isn’t a biggie for me because I think it’s just as easy with other brands to bend the ankle strap in behind the high back when strapping in – but it’s not a bad thing either.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Check the video out for more of the tech stuff with the Malavitas and the differences between the Re:Flex and EST models.
I like bindings with a canted footbed and the Malavitas have an autocant in their footbed – so that gets a tick from me. What this does is align your hips, ankles and knees in a more natural way which reduces fatigue over time.
The ankle straps are also really comfortable and there were no pressure points when I tested them – they conform really well around the boot.
All that shock absorption also makes these bindings feel really comfortable.
There is a nice firm feeling of support when strapping these bindings in. They don’t feel as tightly locked in as some bindings – but they’re more than medium. And to be honest I don’t think I’d want them any more locked down for the type of riding that these bindings are best suited to.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the tables below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
Overall the Malavita are great freestyle or all-mountain freestyle bindings. They are leaning more towards the freestyle type riding more so than all-mountain and more so towards freestyle/park riding than the Cartels and the Genesis.
In saying that, I think that the Genesis are almost as good for riding freestyle and in the park but are better for riding more all-mountain – and I found them just a little bit more responsive edge-to-edge but only just.
The Malavitas are also slightly cheaper than the Genesis – so if freestyle is your main focus, then these could be the way to go if you want to save a few dollars over the Genesis.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Malavitas, are ready to buy or want to research pricing and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out other all-mountain freestyle options or want to see how the Malavitas compared to other options, check out the next link.