What's the difference between the "2013" and previous models?
Steve S The 2013 model has been updated with more colors, an ergonomic power inflator and the new Flat Lock Aid System.
SHAWN C Sorry I do not exactly know. Just FYI it is very compactable but does not have a back plate.
BILL C I do not know of the differnce
But this is the best travel BC I have ever come across and I'm a PADI instructor been diving since 1964
Do Y partially answering my own question: another difference i noticed (from viewing pictures online) is that the pocket zippers on the 2013 model are angled differently, making the pockets appear to be larger.
LYNN G Sorry, this is my first one. I don't know anything about the previous years' products.
RONALD D The obvious answer is the available colors. But the inflator handle is also updated to fit better in your hand. Also the handles on the integrated weight pockets are slightly different. It all is mostly cosmetic from what I can tell but I have to admit I do prefer the inflator on the 2013.
zack l Nicer design and new materials.