I bought the reflex malavita and am happy with the purchase. Prior to the purchase I went to the ski shop and played around with the mala / cartel / diode to test their flex. High back on the mala is noticeably stiffer than the cartel but not as stiff as the diode. Tho the malavita is being marketed as a freestyle binding and has the same flex rating as the cartel , I think it's the missing link between the uber stiff diode and freestyle cartel. Makes for a perfect match when paired with my '13 Billy goat as a free riding setup.