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
Price: $319 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: All-Mountain, All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 94.2/100
Compared to other All-Mountain Bindings
Out of the 22 men’s freestyle bindings that I rated:
- The average score was 74.8/100
- The highest score was 94.2/100
- The lowest score was 44.7/100
- The average price was $220
- The Malavita rated 1st out of 22!
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.
Pretty versatile with the range of boards they match with, due to the way they naturally flex with the board, but best for anything between a 4/10 and 6/10 flex.
Too stiff for beginners (and the price-point is probably a bit high for beginners) but certainly intermediate riders 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, though the Malavitas feel just a little stiffer than the Genesis overall, but pretty close – with the Cartels feeling slightly stiffer – around 6/10.
The Malavitas have a relatively stiff highback, but a softer baseplate. Stiffer highback than the Genesis and the Cartel too.
They’re not super responsive but not un-responsive either.
Super easy to butter/press. These bindings are made for this and this is one area where they excel.
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. The only downside with the Re:Flex model is that you can’t really micro-adjust your stance width – you have to adjust by 2cm at a time (on 4 x 2 insert patterns). This is because you can’t run the disc horizontally – only vertically.
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.
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 I’ve never noticed any pressure points anytime I’ve ridden them (which is a lot as these are the bindings that I use for all my snowboard demos) – they conform really well around the boot.
All that shock absorption also makes these bindings feel really comfortable.
For 2019 there is a new and improved toe strap. That’s the one complaint I have on the model I have – I’m thinking of seeing if I can get my hands on the 2019 toe strap for them.
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. Also, you can adjust the ankle strap position for more support if you have it on the higher setting. I mostly keep in on the lower setting.
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. They have great board feel and are super comfy and shock absorbing.
They have been very consistent for me over 50+ days riding them so far.
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 freestyle options or want to see how the Malavitas compared to other options, check out the next link.