I just destroyed my 2nd Alien Bees 64" PLM in a row. One was fine for a few shoots and the next time I took it out all the rods came loose from the center as I was taking it out of the bag. AB promptly sent me a replacement (good customer service) and I broke it on my first outing yesterday. It fell over once with two Canon 550's mounted with 622 triggers. The wind took it and it fell into some foliage. The center rod broke and all the rods once again came apart. It really was not much of a fall but obviously it must have hit just right.
These are great in the studio but obviously not right for me in the field. Any suggestions for an easily transportable, lightweight setup that won't let me down? I am not usually hard on equipment and have not had problems with other modifiers. Primarily shooting singles or couples. I want something that will provide full body coverage.