Simon commented how heavy Wallaringa's (which you are complimenting and which were indeed innovative in their day) controls are, compared to the super-lightweight aluminium OHOC or TT stands which don't even have number plates; the number gets velcroed around the SI unit...
How robust are the aluminium ones? The ACT used to have those (may still do for all I know) but they tended to bend easily when being pushed into hard ground.
The robust steel spike is inserted into the base of the hollow square aluminium rods; they seem to hold up okay.
You just need to hold them around the middle of the pole while pushing into the ground to stop them bending rather than putting all your weight onto the top of the stand as some setters are prone to doing.
Huh? That's what the horizontal foot bars at the bottom of the control stand are for!
Carry a hammer and tent peg. And do the math about the mass trade-off. Question- why velcro? A sticker on the control should be enough?
Our lightweight stands don't have a horizontal cross bar, hence why they are lightweight.