Needs: * the only construction beef I have is that it needs a better strut to LE connection. They added a few strips of webbing shortly after the initial series came out but I have yet to hear if that was a good fix.
Anyway, love my 9m2 too. And so far only got it through it's lines (and dit caught up with the tip as you describe) ones. And I have crashed the kite many times. The bridle wears out a lot, especially on sandy beaches. But nothing different than any other kite with pulley's.
Bar pressure is a very personal thing. Yesterday I gave my 9m2 to a heavy weight rider who is used to Rhino06 14/10. When he came back he was thrilled that he could ride the kite with one hand. He was no body builder what soever.
Also I do not find the bar pressure high. It is high compared with a Waroo08, SS Rev or OR Rise08 for example. But for me just fine. Thanks to the delta design stalling the kite is virtually impossible. This makes people hang on the bar firmly where a little bit of pressure would give the same result without the huge bar pressure. It is just something you should get used to.
Especially when you ride the kite very fast in flat water you can easily feel the difference in pulling hard or gentle on the bar. You even will get more boardspeed with the last option.
So please do not change the bar pressure F-one.
The webbing on the third generation kite is good. Had not had any problems where my first Bandit had a tear in the center strut after 4 sessions:
What could be improved is the support in high winds of the 7.5m2 And slightly faster steering of the bigger sizes (11 and 13). Although it does not result in less performance the flappering of the tips in low winds is just annoying.