Fergie, at long last, I have a review of this stand. I took it out today and sat in it this evening. It packs well with a set of Lone Wolf Sticks and is not too heavy. I wouldn't say that it is a joy to carry on your back, but it is definatly better than alot of stands out there. The platform, seat, and frame are solid as a rock. The seat is pretty comfy, but the velcro straps that hold it down can make noise it you move around very much. Raising and lowering the seat to stand up is completly silent, which is to be expected. I didn't get a chance to try out the leveling features since I picked a strait tree. But from playing with it at the house, it seems really easy to use. Overall it is an excellent stand and I would give it about an 8.5 out of 10.