I just ran into the downside of my absolute favorite modifier, the Photek Softlighter. They are a bit fragile.
Was using my favorite 60" softlighter the other day when the stand tipped over. It hit a couch first and then the ground. Not a terribly hard hit, cushioned by the couch first but it still bent/broke 4 of the ribs in the umbrella. While it is still useable as a backup or secondary, I just ordered a new one.
So while I love the ease of settup and the great light these things give me (as opposed to wrestling with softboxes or umbrella spill problems) I have accepted that every so often I'm gonna do something stupid and the Softlighter will be very unforgiving.
LOVE them anyway. LOL