The Burton Malavita binding first appeared in 2010, the brainchild of team rider Danny Davis. Five years on and it’s been through some minor changes, but it’s remained a popular choice with freestyle riders – including Danny, who still rocks it in the pipe and pow.
This year the ankle strap has been made asymmetrical, meaning you can swap the left and right ones round for a different ride. As it stands they’re supportive as hell, but by swapping (and therefore flipping) them you get a looser feel that will suit those days when you’re not charging.
A layer of rubber sits inside the highback, gripping your boot firmly in a custom fit while also allowing you to ease off the buckles a little without compromising on response. The highbacks themselves are specially shaped to suit each leg, so will be comfortable and effective at all times.
As always, you can buy the channel-specific version or the ‘Re:Flex’ model that’s compatible with all boards. If you go for the ‘Reaper’ colourway then you get a crazy press-friendly winged highback, reminiscent of the old Cobrashark model – or if you want to go back even further, some of those we saw in the late 1980s!