I'm a sound artist and field recordist. I use this stand to put up microphones (in a blimp) in a variety of settings. It is a perfect travel companion.
So I record sounds in the field, this could be in the street, in the Savannah, rain forest, Tundra, or Icy lakes. My 5001B has travelled everywhere with me. It either holds a rode or a cinela blimp with several microphones. Frankly, my 5001B has seen a lot of abuse, including being covered in sand, mud, sleet, a lot of knocking about in the back of the trunk. And it still goes strong. I notice no friction when I collapse or unfold the several parts. Weighing less than a kg, it's a no brainer to put it in the field backpack. Stable enough to either hold one blimp with stereo mic or DMS set for example. Or a lightweight stereo bar and two mics in AB or ORTF. A heave stereo bar with two blimps on it is just too much (it can handle it, but it will no longer be stable).
If you need to put up anything in the field (mic or lights), this is the stand your looking for, at a ridiculous low price no less.