I have to second Nivek's opinion. Based upon my understanding the Malavita Reflex is stiffer than the Cartel Reflex. What confuses the question is when comparing the same model in EST; then it becomes Cartel EST is stiffer than Malavita EST. Nevermind comparing the restricted and the limited vs. the base models.
Hope this helps - Nito
Appreciate that, but as I mentioned I went ahead and grabbed a pair of Capos. All in all I am happy with this purchase, though I am still on the fence about their long-term durability. We'll see.
But in general I still think it was worth mentioning on your part so as to help others clear up any confusion they might have as well. So thanks again.