Bought the '13 Malavitas yesterday at 15% off Canadian retail for a grand total of $283 after megatax. I'm pretty new still but like my stuff a little stiffer and more responsive so I can make quick moves.
I was riding some mega-stiff boots and an old pair of limited edition Custom Brew binds. Got a new pair of Ambush boots before breaking the Brews later that night and getting the Malavitas the next day. So overall my setup is a lot softer but once I got it dialed in I loved it. I didn't notice it but the webbing/hammock in the highbacks apparently it'll allow you to ride the straps a little looser and still have some stick. I ride mine strapped down as tight as I can get 'em usually but I might not have the chops yet to tell anyway.
There's some extra tech in the vitas, is there not? Either way I like 'em, but coulda had some brand new Cartels for $150 locally on Craigslist too