My first impression is that this will work very well for what I have in mind.
Connected it all up this morning in the basement ( it's -4 deg f here this am), so nothing happening outside other than a Labrador that has to have his walk no matter the weather.
I pumped some water back and forth from my kettle to the HLT , then simulated a very slow fly sparge and it seemed to work very well. Someone who reviewed the riptide on line talked about his issues with dialing in a low flow rate, but I did not see any issue and only used the integral flow valve that it comes with.
No problem with priming as all I had to do was pull up on the integrated bleed valve on the pump housing and it was all primed,
Pump very quiet, nice to have the built in on/ off switch.
Just need a warmer day now to get out and brew a new batch. The Kama citra is going fast.