My Handy Hammock Stand Double Strut Kit (without hammock) arrived last month but today was the first day the ground was thawed. Test day at last.
The directions puzzled me at first, but it didn't take long to figure it out. The set-up will be quite easy the next time. Having done it once, I'll never need the directions again. (Edit: The instructions show two colors of lines while my kit only had one color which is what confused me.)
Since I didn't order the hammock, I tied a piece of shock cord between the strut tops to support them until I could set up my GT Ultralight with a suspension that would work.
Once it was ready to try, I pushed down on the hammock, nothing moved... gently sat down - the struts pressed 1/2" into the soft ground...bounced a couple of times, then bounced firmly and was pleased to see the struts and anchors held firm...swing legs in, lay back...NICE!
I weigh 185 lbs and I am very impressed with the solid secure feeling this stand has.
Next time I will lengthen the cord between the strut ground plates and play with a longer hammock.