I was at the Burton Mountain Festival demo weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows this past weekend, and tested out the Restricted Cartels. When I was debating whether to demo those or the Vitas, The guy that set me up with them explained the Vitas are softer--so I went with the Cartels. I heard the same thing from a shop kid at a reputable local snowboard shop.
Then you've got people on this forum saying it's the other way around...so which is it?
The Cartels have traditionally been stiffer, but the 2013 model has gotten softer. I haven't been able to compare them to the 2013 Malavitas, but I do know that the 2013 Cartels definitely feel softer to me than my 2012 Cartels.