I once heard the RS Aero described as being for sailors who have got beyond the stage of sailing their boat into docks at full speed. I think that's fair. It's not indestructible but it is a well designed boat that is surprisingly tough for such a lightweight boat.The Zest is a sailing centre boat designed for beginners. Sailing centre means designed down to a price, that's how sailing centres work. The Aero is for adult sailors who own their own boat. It isn't a beginner's boat, if you bash it you will ding it. They aren't built for the same market.
However I would take issue with one point in @dogwatch's post. The RS Aero is not only for adult sailors. From what I read, the RS Aero is very popular with youth in the UK with an active youth training scheme. It's not for total beginners who are still in the "OMG I lost control and rammed the dock at full speed" phase. But for competent youth sailors ready to race, the RS Aero 5 (and 7 for older/heavier youth sailors) can be excellent choices.
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