The Burton Malavita Re:Flex Snowboard Binding provides freestyle performance and lots of convenient features. The Re:Flex baseplate is cored out, improving board feel and reducing dead spots. The Heel Hammock keeps your heel locked back, without the need to ratchet the straps down crazy-tight. The Malavita's AutoCant SensoryBED cushions your feet against impact, and keeps them in a more natural position so they don't get so fatigued.
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The Burton Malavita Re:Flex Snowboard Binding is what you get when the king of binding innovation decides to build the ultimate park binding. Re:Flex technology keeps the binding bending with the board, instead of creating dead-spots in the flex pattern. There's the asymmetrical heel strap and comfortable Capstrap toe strap, and the AutoCANT padded footbed doesn't hurt either. You can run the highbacks straight up for jibbing freedom, or crank up the forward lean for extra heel edge control. But it's the Heel Hammock that really sets the 'Vita apart. By using a rubberized web, you get insane heel-hold, without having to crank down on your straps, and that means more control and comfort every time you drop in.
|Flex:||6 (on 1 (soft) to 10 (stiff) scale)|
|Mounting:||Universally compatible with all boards|
|Re:||Flex baseplate with 30% short glass/nylon construction|
|Short-Glass/ Nylon Composite Re:||Flex Baseplate enhances board feel and flex|
|Burton Malavita||$207.93 - $259.99|
|Burton Malavita EST||$197.95 - $289.99|
These bindings are sick, I have the all black 12/13 models, but nothing has changed with this years. I love these bindings, cruising around the mountain or stomping around in the park, they handle it all. The winged highback makes pressing and butters a breeze. Burton also has a great warranty policy so if anything breaks that isn't abuse related they replace it quickly and easily. (I seem to beat up ratchets on any binding for some reason) The ReFlex baseplate is pretty cool and gives your board a more consistent flex pattern because the baseplates also flex. The only bad thing I can say about this binding is I'm not a fan of the hammock system in the highback. It "worked" great with "worked" being the keyword. For some reason mine got torn up and broken within a season's worth of use. This isn't a big deal though because the highback still works as a regular highback just no hammock system effect. My local board shop said that they have never seen anything like that and have talked to the Burton rep in the Rockies about it, so I should hear more about that. I would have given 5/5 stars if the hammock had lasted at least 1+ season.
Right off the bat, these really are great bindings. I rode the winged highbacks, which doesn't add a whole lot, but they are fun. These bindings really stand out, though, through the Heel Hammock. It will really hold your foot down well, and helps a lot with keeping those ladders from getting chewed up- which is awesome. My biggest gripe doesn't have to do with these bindings in particular, it's across the whole board with Burton Re:Flex bindings. The Re:Flex baseplate does not allow for many stance options- basically you can put them in the pre-drilled holes in your board, but no fine tuning. Which is a bummer, as few people's stances really fall into that area. Overall, I did like the bindings though. They seem well built and ride well- great for a ride in the park.