Couldn't find a thread specifically aimed at this topic but I've come to realize that this is an issue for many of us who live in tropical 30+ degree humid weather.
Ozone strut connection valves get brittle after about 1 year and crack while you're pumping up in the same place every time. This happened twice in a row to my 1 year old 7m Edge recently. This kite has been flown about 8 times and is just over a year old and outside the warranty. Now I feel like I have a kite I can't rely on unless I replace all the valves at a large cost. (The guy who fixed my kite showed me 2 more Ozone's currently in his shop with the exact problem and same age and told me it was a known issue)
I'm sure its not just an Ozone issue, I've read about other brands with similar issues but Really?
You'd think for the huge amount of money we pay, they'd have this crucial materials flaw worked out.
I'll write to Ozone about this also but (rolls
eyes) I can't imagine they're not aware of this?