I would have to say I prefer the NIV84 over the new updated version. I am not a fan of gender neutral language and I was disappointed to see Biblica go this route after the controversy stirred by the TNIV. From what I have observed this is just the TNIV repackaged.
- ESV is my choice as well.
- I also agree and am not using the NIV 2011 version. Although the NIV84 is no longer available for purchase, the "Concordia Self-Study Bible", which is the NIV84 with commentary notes, is available. Currently, it can be purchased as part of the "Concordia Electronic Theological Library: Collection 1" for $35.99. That collection also includes the "Concordia Self-Study Commentary".
- The New American Commentary has the 84 text as well, although it is quite a bit pricier!