!00# bridle line will work just fine, especially doubled up! Make sure as you knot to start from the handle end and work outwards with your knots! And make sure that the two leaders are as close to the same as you can make them!
There's a video here that shows how to make the stock handles "snagless" and your cost is about $2.00 and your time to do the work!
Myself, if it's windy enough to use a full sail, then there's my choice!! I'm only using a Zen if I feel there isn't enough to really power up a std!! And I consider myself a Zen fan!! I will use 50' or 120' lines and have every bit of fun on it! I like that powered up feel, but if the wind picks up, I'm switching!!
Stake one end or hook them to something solid!Then attach the handles and pull reasonably tight. The handles should line up EXACTLY! Adjust as needed to achieve this! A quick field test is to hold the tops of the handles and the bottoms of the handles and see if the kite goes straight up! veering shows something is out of whack!
There are a bunch of active fliers in the UK, I suggest a meet up with some!!
Without magic sticks, I'd guess the real wind range to be about 5 mph and not a bunch more! Especially any first run tubes out there! There were some issues with the layup of the materials! With the reinforcement the magic sticks provide, I'm sure it's higher, but as REVflyer said - they aren't a guarantee against breakage!!
Weaker than black race? I wouldn't say that! Different flex and weight, and works well in the suggested wind range! Just another piece of kit that needs be flown in the proper winds! Push it too far ----- SNAP!
As with everything Rev, you have to be comfortable with your equipment matching up to conditions!!
You'll find that those who fly regularly have at least 2 or 3 sails in their bags! To fly in most conditions, you would want at least a std and a vented! Many have a mid vent too! Each has a "sweet spot" of wind conditions that really brings out the best in each sail!! Think golfer here - would you go out to the course with only 1 or 2 clubs in your bag? Nope!! They aren't going to do that!! Same for most fliers, we want equipment that matches the days conditions!!
I recently PM'd another forum member about "his" feel about rods and what he used in situations. His setup is completely different from mine! His perception of how the rods reacted (feel) in similar wind conditions, just weren't my observations! Are either of us "wrong" - NO! Again, line length, line weight, handle length and bend, rods you choose, all go into developing a feel for what works for you!
You decide to buy "X" sail, but don't like it? Sell it and try something else! Rods not your style, move them out to someone else! There is a strong market for "good" used kites out there, you might try some to find your combo!
Whatever you do - fly, often! Develop that "feel"!
It's the nice thing about Revs - there is no right or wrong, just a personal connection with what works for you! It's a lifelong journey!!
Agreed Dave, agreed! But too many times I see people too hung up on them, expecting this or that from a piece of equipment that just is the wrong sail in those conditions! Revflyer has it right in his WOW club - they recommend you DON'T buy til you try something and make your own judgement if it is right for you!
Sorry, it's feel that rules!! All the numbers on Rev's site are SUGGESTED, you can use them or leave them! Your choice of sail, rods, line length, handles, leader settings, etc, all affect what flies in any situation for YOU!
My personal choice is venting whenever I can get away with it, but not if it compromises a team situation! Experience will guide you to try almost anything at least once, to see if that's a combo YOU like! Find what works for you (as long as your budget tolerates) and who knows what you will find on this journey!!
I need to bar my own access to the colorizer. I've made so many designs I've confused myself and can't decide on one I was thinking about a fully matching set this time, but once again it looks like I will have to diversify.
Katrina had done the same thing! We kidded her that to pick, she needed the RNG to do the choosing!!
Remember - if all else fails and the kite is gonna crash no matter what you do - GIVE TO THE KITE!!!! Step forward, throw your hands forward, and depower as much as possible!! Makes the crashes a lot easier on the kite!! You pull - all you're doing is driving it harder into the ground!!!!