I'd agree with both of your posts. Just for my own clarification though, you mean the white/pink part of the headphone, not the METAL mesh on the outside, right? (The fact that I even need to ask this should tell you the kinds of things I've heard about people doing...)
Anyways, I have a fairly big head, and fairly big ears, and wearing the RS-1 for long periods of time isn't really a problem for me - the lighter models are more comfortable (the RS-1 is one of the lightest, the SR-325 is one of the heaviest).
Yes, the white (in my case) mesh. Fabric/plastic or whatever it is, but it feels like a mildly plasticy fabric to me, huh?
Ah lucky you with the larger ears. My ears are on the small/medium side and they rub a bit, even with the reverse bowl mod. Ehh, gotta make compromises for good rock