4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for the price, but they'd be better without the air cushion,
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These stands are great for the price but, as is usually the case, poorly implemented air cushioning is more a detriment than a benefit--seriously, they'd be better without the lame air cushion implementation (which is why I docked one star). The air cushioning makes it difficult to adjust the stands up and down, makes precise height adjustment without a load on the stand slow, and is just overall annoying.
That said, the stands are light and surprisingly stable despite their small footprint (especially once you put some sandbags on the legs). I haven't put all that much weight on these yet (just a Norman LH-2400 strobe head with a 40" PBL soft umbrella), but they seem like they could hold a fair amount so long as you don't fully extend any one segment of the stand. Full extension of a stand segment results in the plastic clamp/coupler flexing easily and, thus, a bit of pole sway.