snowklinger, are the phantoms metal?
All I know is the Blackhawks were great except for me having to be slightly back (heel side). If it was slightly forward I'd probably deal with it.
I might try the Phantoms anyway just because I want to try the dampening. Seems like a game changer and this past season was the first time I felt something in my knee.
I did ride the 2012 malavitas on an Evo. Can still get some for fairly cheap. But I might hold off and spend another $60 and get the 2013 since it seems they beefed up both the Cartels and the Malavitas for the year (according to descriptions but I may be wrong).
The malavitas fit my boot like a dream and has the autocant. They definitely look different this year