Don't forget compatibility issues when scoping out the latest and greatest transceiver. The Ortovox is probably the most used around the world, and has a PROVEN track record and excellent range when in a party with various brands of transceiver. This baby takes a little extra skill to use but for my money is the one to go for. Maybe the X1 would be better but only because of the 2 aerials. Digital schmigital!
Excellent backcountry binding that climbs well. Despite the seductive advertising expect plenty of lateral twist when skiing at high speed or on hard pack. This seems to be due to the heel not locking down firmly enough and despite the weight penalty. They are also suprisingly fragile when struck in an abnormal way, such as tumbling onto rocks.