They fold down for transport. They don't add anything to the profile of the stand. My sicks still pack up nicely. Solid construction. That's all I could hope for.
Above and beyond that: I have back issues, and short legs. The seat on NOVIX stands is just a bit too tall for me. (NOT A COMPLAINT) The foot rests make all the difference in the world. The ability to lift my knees, even a few inches changes everything. Now I actually look forward to those all day sits!!!