I picked up a pair of the 2013 Cartels (restricted) in matte black, and had been out on them enough to put a worthy review! I paired them with my 164.5 Travis Rice and K2 DB BOA boots.
For start, the restricted Cartels only difference to the originals is the NEW Asym React Strap vs the Asym Strap! Never tried the Asym strap, but can tell you that the React Asym strap is MONEY!!! They are the same ones on the Malavitas just for reference.
Probably a little late for a correction, but anyways:
The bold part is not correct.
The 'original'/regular Cartel had the React Strap this year. Hence, the difference between the restricted and regular Cartels was getting the Asym
React Strap vs. the React Strap.
What you describe (Asym React
Strap vs. the Asym Strap) is actually the difference between the Restricted Cartels for 2012/13 and 2011/12.
Last edited by hktrdr; 02-21-2013 at 11:06 PM.