That thread is just a couple of people shouting loudly.
Nothing like a higher percentage of kites.
Anyway I think you will find that ozone have listened to the customer and built strengthening on the leading edge seems on the V9.
You are probably aware but you can adjust the tension on the neoprene of the Shinn straps by changing there attachment to the fixing bolt? I personally love the new setup - I've got quite narrow size 8 feet but with both 6mm Atan (Scotland) or 3mm Xcel boots they are great. UK Size 11 and 6or7mm Xc...