Well it was supposed to be released mid Jan. but that's come and gone. It now looks like mid March according to my LHS. Sounds like this time this will be it since Castle Creations have released a CC Link update which includes my ESC of choice for this build.
Castle Creations Sidewinder 3, I believe for this build and what I want to do with it this will be a perfect choice. This is a brushless ESC but like other brand esc this one is also capable of running brushed motors. The Sidewinder3 also is good for crawling since it offers Crawler Reversing which means no brake action but I will be using brakes and it also has DRAG brakes that I will be using to minimize the truck from rolling down hills when scale crawling.
The motors is installed, wired and ready to go. I hooked it up this weekend to another esc from another rc just to try it out and the speed in 2nd gear is just enough for this build, 1st gear (slow) is slow BUT very powerful.