I love the intellistage design, I needed a stage to fit in my crv, this folding riser coupled with the folding platform means I can haul all my gear in my car. It's very light, very sturdy. Don't let the appearance fool you, it's rated to hold some serous weight. I tried building my own, but couldn't come near the space and weight savings of the intellistage. Super simple to set up, quick and easy. Also, StageDrop is great to deal with, very professional, very quick to process my order. I'll buy more from StageDrop without hesitation.