I have both the 2012 phantoms and the 2012 malavitas, so maybe I can help. I've been happy riding my phantoms on a signal park flat, bataleon evil twin, and a lib t.rice, so they're definitely versatile enough. The strap isn't especially buttery, but the minidisc really helps for presses and ground tricks, and the dual airbags rocks for stomping hard, flat landings. Comparatively, the malavita is a little more comfortable to ride (the asym superstrap is awesome, and the burton capstrap is far superior to the raiden toe strap,) and feel like they have a bit more boot grip, but it just doesn't have anywhere near the same shock absorption. Day to day I definitely prefer the phantoms, but the real choice (I think) is between comfort and grip on the malavitas, and shock absorption on the phantoms.