I purchased this for utilitarian purposes only. We had to remove one of the large branches on our tree that was previously used as a hammock hanger. I should have bought one long long ago. It's hard to achieve the perfect fit with tree branches because; you're just trying to do your best with what you've got. This is the perfect fit. Once assembled its not hard to move to wherever the best shade happens to be. Since the hammock we are using is the one I purchased back in '08, I'm easily able to assess that the huge difference in comfort is due solely to my new stand. I love it.