For quite awhile now I have been mulling over purchasing a Byer Vario Hammock Stand. From everything that I have read here. It seems to be a very good reliable stand. I already have a hammock stand that I bought from WalMart. It is only marginally adequate as the uprights of the stand are not quite tall enough. Added to this when you enter the hammock the uprights flex inward quite a bit. I end up with my tail bone darn close to the center pole. I suppose that I could probably go to a muffler shop and get extensions made as others have done. But this does not appeal to me. Thus I am seriously considering buying a Vario stand. But I have few questions that I hope those of you who have the Vario can answer. I am 6'3" and weigh around 240 lbs. Is there any of you out there of a similar size and weight that use this stand? How is the upright flex? Would I need to use the optional extender in order to get a good hang? Any thought or opinions would be greatly appreciated.