We must have different kites or a different setup. The bar pressure on my Obessions is second only to the 17m 1st gen Cloud that I have (which I use with a LF bar, not the CCS). The newer 12m Obsession has the same or heavier bar pressure than the 13.5m.
According to the Tkb review they're referred to as "battens". I couldn't find a good photo on the interwebs although you can almost make it out in the main photo of their review (those color are way off - lol). Will take a photo time I have the kite out. I just did a 6 hour session on it yesterday and there's no wind in the forecast so it might be a little while. Foiled in light wind early and then twin tipped and Makoed once the wind powered-up. Just like before the kite handled the wind gusts and lulls very nicely. I slacked the lines on purpose a few times and this kite resists hindenburgring nicely.
I think it is battens just like on many other kites.
You are correct; after writing about them here I started to notice that many kites have these.
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