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Burton Malavita 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

Just as they have with the Cartel, the bods at Burton see no need to fix what ain’t broke when it comes to the Burton Malavita snowboard bindings. All of last year’s tech has carried over into 2018/19, but by no means is it anything other than cutting edge.

The Burton Malavita bindings have been a favourite of the B’s pro team since their arrival back in 2010. They’re a little softer than the Cartel, but whether or not that’s for you is a personal preference issue. You certainly won’t feel too ‘locked in’ during the mini-shreds, but they can handle high speeds and lengthy airtime if you’re up for it.

“The Malavita bindings have been a favourite of the B’s pro team since their arrival back in 2010”

In fact, you can customise the ankle strap to better suit your own style. Keep it as is for increased support and response, or swap them round (easily done thanks to the tool-less system) to free up more of your boot’s natural flex.

The footbeds, and the cushioning therein, vary depending on whether you get a pair of the Channel-compatible EST model, or the universal Re:Flex one. The good news is that both versions of the Burton Malavita feature impact-absorbing gel that can help to take the edge off heavy landings.

There’s still a version available with the large winged highback – this year it’s in the ‘Vape Cloud’ colourway – but three other, more standard-issue Malavitas are up for grabs too.

Tester’s Verdict

Dave Crozierrealsnowboarding.co.uk

“For a lot of riders, the Malavitas are the best snowboard bindings they have bought – for me I just think ‘yeah,OK, cool’. I like simple bindings with simple screws and simple systems – but for me, the design of these is complicated and hides how simple a binding can be with pure style and minimal design.

“For a lot of riders, the Malavitas are the best snowboard bindings they have bought – for me I just think ‘yeah,OK, cool’”

Burton is a clever company and it does make bindings that last a long time, therefore I can’t fault these bindings in terms of reliability. I do wish they would stop messing around with features like netting on the high-backs and coming up with different ways to sell a base plate. ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’ as they say.

With this whole eco-friendly boost Burton is pushing then why not save some plastic, minimise the design and get rid of the all the unnecessary plastic? just a thought.”

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