Thanks for the replies.
Anyone know how the 2013 model is different from last year's? He can get the 2012 model for $114 but he's willing to pay full price if the current model has been improved in any significant way.
Called K2 and the guy said there were no significant changes besides appearance while the guy from Dogfunk said the toe strap was updated to be more secure. Normally, I would assume the K2 rep would be more knowledgeable but I'm not 100% positive.
Tell him to get last yrs model for $114...thats a good price. This years model just has different colours and a slightly newer ratchet design (though the old one was still pretty good)...nothing worth spending full price on.