SQ, it sounds like you guys have the right idea.
.... that they borrowed from the rrd type wave ....
I know everyone borrows ideas from everyone else, just want to make sure that the credit goes to the right people....
Then it should be mentioned that Slingshot were the first to do it, with the Splitstrut Fuels.
By that time most brands had adopted the dacron strip attaching the sail to the leading edge. One of the first kites I saw this strip on was the Flexifoil Storm 1 kites back in 2000/2001.
So called canopy framing nology is an extension of this dacron strip, however it adds weight. Provided that the added weight is compensated for in the balance of the design, no real problem other than slightly less bottom end performance.
Most brands nowadays use a mark cloth strip along the strut seams to allow for easier repairs. Remarkably though some brands still do not reinforce the strut seams!!!
I have not seen a Best kite with the framing nology, but there is no doubt that for surf toughness the Slingshot kites are the standard to beat, and from the pics the Best kites should be strong too.
We see a lot of kites, and do lots of repairs, anything that manufacturers can do to increase strength in critical areas of the kites and to reduce repair costs is great.
It does increase manufacturing costs, and that will be reflected in slightly higher retail prices for kites with this nology, worth paying for in my experience.
Of course you have to like the way the kite flies too.