The thought of relative stability came about when trying to provide understanding of how the ultra portable and lightweight Terminator compared to much heavier stands like the Holmenkol or Maplus and others and we were trying to figure out how to test it properly and provide clear comparisons.
In any event I'm sure that anybody objectively looking at these two and others would not see any difference in regards to their stability. There is nothing about Maplus that has shown me they are interested in anything 'lighter gauged' or cheap, but the contrary, high quality. The lacquered, 7 ply, B-grade Baltic Birch tops a case in point (compared to MDF
). Some people do like a nice wood top as their preference versus a composite. The lower cost of the Holmenkol could suggest there were corners cut to lower their prices and hit a price point. For dealers considering these, they obviously can sell the Maplus stands and other products at whatever price or packaged as it suits them or their customer's preferences. As a rep, I'm somewhat limited on my site, but can and do negotiate privately.
Regarding the ski racks, have the ability to remove them easily allows for easier storage as well as adding other vises or the nordic profiles for the combi bench which are nice options for many and increase the benches versatility. The shelf is handy too.
For the record the top is 33 3/4" high and the adjustable vise seats are an inch lower.