These Diamond rods have endured severe abuse from me, all banged around on the ground and spanked hard in the air,.... and yes I've broken a few, but only thru pilot judgement errors!
~ snapped one in my hand when the wind flipped kite over,
~ another on a shovel sticking up, doing a throw
~ on a steel hand-rail bouncing too aggressively
In my opinion only two sticks are necessary for my 1.5 kites, green Race and the new Diamonds, usage depending on the desire to frame flexible or stiff
your mileage may very!
If we all ask nicely,....
betcha' travel frame formatted Diamond tubes would be available (then you only break 1/6th of the leading edge at a time, HA!)