I have a 2008 firestarter and after 6-7 months of use it started to peel of. I slowly worked it out and took it all out. The handle pass leash is cracked in 5-6 places and the quick release on the back of the harness they are both somehow cut.
PS. I had an incident in the past. After an unhooked move i decided to let go of the bar, the mystic leash is very long, so until the leash got tension, the bar had a lot of travel and one of the back lines went below the bar. Guess what? The kite started kitelooping high in the air, since i was unhooked i was on my back going towards the beach (on shore winds with a bit of side). I was trying to reach the release at the back but i couldn't work my fingers in it. I was also in quite a lot of panic and before i knew it, after the kite did 7-9 kiteloops i hit the first small rocks at the beach, then another kiteloop and the kite somehow hit the ground, i turned and took the leash of the bar.
So after this incident the handle pass leash was a bit F****ED
Then i had an idea. I took a piece of strong rope, 2 clips and have one installed on one of the release handles at the back, when i put the harness on i put the other clip on the other side. So i have the release behind the speader bar in case anything happpens again i can release from the front as well.
Otherwise the harness is very good, comfortable as hell and if it hadn't had so much things dangling it would had been perfect