Actually I've been pushing people into Malavitas. Same glass content and same base (for Reflex) as the Cartel but with a stiffer torsional flex in the highback. EST is different as the frames are different between the two but I don't think a slightly softer base will make up for how much softer the highback is in this years Cartel.
Handling them at the shop, it seemed a marginal difference (I will be getting Reflex, not EST). Can I gather I won't notice a huge difference in a majority of my riding? I am suspicious I won't notice a major difference between most of these (again, I don't ride park, don't ride mach 10).