Thanks for the very helpful comparison there. PFEs are sounding like a wonderful deal if I can get my hands on the newer revision.
PS - I was wondering if the cable breaks and cracks are because of the hardening of the material during colder weather. Some people have reported that the cable gets harder ( i am guessing brittle as well) at low temperatures. If that is the case then I have no issues with the older revision either, if it comes substantially cheaper.