Well I think this is the first major failure for an ORH top, at least the first I've heard of.
Even then, it wasn't too bad and was an easy fix. - this post is more of a "heads up".
Bearing in mind I got the 2nd or third top ever sold and its been in the blazing TX sun since I got it and dealt with winds in excess of 70MPH in more than one storm, I had a crucial part fail on the highway today.
The plastic rings in the back that the main tension straps run to both detonated on the highway at about 75 MPH, the resulting vacuum "pop" when the top popped up popped my ears! (thats a lotta pops in one sentence)
One side probably failed and the extra stress broke the other, but they both went pretty much together.
But the top did stay relatively in place, the parts over the rear doors that attach to the framework held and the top didnt balloon or flutter all out of control - just an initial pop then the straps let go and then some extra wind noise till I got pulled over.
Luckily I had a couple of carabiners with me - one on my keyring and one on the dog lead that made a perfect fix - this is probably going to be my permanent fix, just gotta get a pair of black ones.
Anyway just a warning to those of us that got the first ones, looks like they're getting to "that age" where if they've had a lot of UV exposure, the plastic may be starting to get brittle.
If you have an old one, I would recommend picking up a couple of carabiners and throwing them in the glove box just in case, or being proactive and swapping them out.
Here are the obligatory pics (yeah its filthy, I've been wheeling a LOT lately