7/27/2017
 
I've had a unit since the new design first came out in Fall of 2013. At first I thought it was just a new housing of the original "Old Yellow" DSP model, but instead Pieps really put a lot into new tweaks and improvements behind the scenes. My favorite improvement upon "Old Yellow" was the flagging feature: Pieps was the first to introduce any sort of signal suppression into a beacon, yet even with firmware updates over the years, "Old Yellow" never flagged reliable for me compared to the competition. Bu...
7/21/2017
 
I've had two pairs of the 2013-14 version: only difference from the current version seems to be slightly different styling on the back of the hand. I got them for when I needed some additional weather-proofness compared to my more typical minimalistic softshell gloves. The extra insulation is helpful, but even more impressive is the waterproof insert. Not like wearing a pair of Gore-Tex overgloves, but still far beyond the usual softshell. Excellent dexterity and grip. Fit is maybe a bit on the tighter si...
7/21/2017
 
I have the 2014-15 version (i.e., with the black/white/red color scheme of the time, for some almost scary color coordination with pretty much everything else I have in the attached picture). I've been using it for all my races since then with the only exception of when I wanted a separate side-access bottom compartment that I could access without removing my pack. The eight-liter capacity is obviously small for "real" touring yet it's fine for racing. The waist "belt" system is wonderfully minimalistic yet...
7/21/2017
 
Update: Should be obvious, but my review is for the all-orange original model, i.e., prior to the multi-color versions of the 2017-18 season. Detailed compare/contrast of the two different versions here.
7/21/2017
 
I have an older version, but as you can see in the attached picture (while taking a break from some intense touring in my Millet Touring Intense pant), essentially the same design, even with the same piping. To attach it to other packs, might take some ingenuity and zip/cable ties, but well worth it, given the convenience in the field of both drinking and refilling your bottle. On this particular tour, all the usual running water sources on Mount Adams were buried in the deep snowpack during the entirely of...