This softbox simply unfolds for an easy and quick setup. There are no rods. The mounting hardware is fully adjustable allowing the flash to mount with the head inside the softbox giving maximum use of the softbox. An included cowl attaches to the softbox via hook and loop fasteners and a drawstring to help prevent light from escaping out the back. There are also two optional extension poles so an assistant can handhold the unit instead of mounting it to a stand.