I teamed these with the Custom X and they work great together. The most notable difference in the design of the Malavita compared to other bindings is the shape of the strap. With the tapered strap it is easier to transfer the energy from your boots to the bindings and then to the board which results in easier manuals and quicker response. Essentially, you get to be lazier with this binding. The highback is shaped well and follows the natural riding position which also makes for a more enjoyable ride. After a full season of riding, they barely look used, which says quite a bit about durability. All in all, this is a great binding.