Better?? Really depends on what you're looking for! Personally I've found the 4 wraps a bit too stiff for most uses! But I also have an X/V to use when the winds pick up and make my F/V too much to handle!!
If - no matter what you do - a crash is going to happen - GIVE TO THE KITE!!! Throw your hands forward, take a step or two forward, depower the kite and make any contact minimal! Pulling only drives the kite harder into the ground, resulting in - ??? Just let the kite crash, much better you need to straighten things out than risk breaking something!!
Next, try making your own top leaders with even more knots, but leave out the ones so close to the handle! Start tying knots about 3-4" from the handle and make the leaders long enough to almost span the distance from top attachment to bottom attachment! What the distance is between knots is not as important as making both leaders as exactly the same as you can! Most use about a 3/4" or 1" distance!
!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!!