These have been my favourite running shorts for years but the 2012 model seems noticeably poorer in quality. The zip pocket at the back has gone and the material is much thinner. Push your finger against it and you can see the white of it showing through, impossible with previous years versions. The material is roughly as thick as a cheap pair of lycra swimming trunks now.
The end result is less support, more revealing, less features and almost certainly less hard wearing.