I really want a Stowa Marine, however there is one thing holding me back. That is their use of a 2804 in the no date version instead of a 2801. It is buried in their FAQ that they remove the date setting function. However I keep reading that it is not uncommon for there to be hacking problems and that they probably are due to this.

Can anyone explain why they quit using the 2801? Is it just economics? Did they streamline their supply chain? Would a 2801 be more reliable when it comes to the hacking mechanism?

If they were still using the 2801 in the no date version with a screw regulator, I would have already placed my order!