Big fan of the LST, here.
Since it is sil, it's no big deal if it hits the ground during set up/takedown. Sometimes, that's helpful.
Also, the tubes, when retracted, function as end caps to protect the hammock and quilts from wind driven moisture.
My Papa Smurf sock ended up being a bit shorter than it needed to be, but used in conjunction with the LST at the head end, it works great, and is actually easier to close up, since I don't have so far to reach.