Gatekeeper restraints 2014

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 8:21 PM

Rode it Monday, and I couldn't wait to get out of that tight thing! I knew leaving the station I would have to ride it with my hands between the restraint and my chest or I wouldn't be able to breathe at the end of the ride.

It's getting bad again.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:19 PM
CoasterKyle1121's avatar

It's funny because everyone says how they wish Rougarou, Raptor or the new dive coaster all had vest restraints.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:58 AM
CoasterCam's avatar

I've never had a problem with any vest restraints and I've been on 4 coasters that have them. All I can think about when I'm in them is how comfortable I am. They are a little tight fitting but nothing for me to complain about. Maybe it depends on the body type. I'm about 6ft 2in.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:15 AM
Jeff's avatar

The original version that continued to ratchet tighter wasn't very comfortable. After a half-dozen laps on Wild Eagle the first year, I didn't care for it. When they fixed it on GateKeeper, much improved, and reasonably comfortable on Banshee and Thunderbird as well.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:33 AM

They really hurt my hips when I rode it for the first time last year. Maybe it's because I'm really slender, or I was nervous to the point that I tried to pull the restraint down as far as it would go, or both, I don't know. I just started feeling pain right around the first zero-G roll, and it was torture waiting to get that thing off me.

I rode Raptor shortly afterwards, and those restraints were more comfortable to me.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:43 PM
3snoH un=l's avatar

I still try to stick my stomach out as much as possible when they fasten the restraints on Gatekeeper. Really, you don't need to have that vest tight, a little bit of gap is so much more comfortable and there is no chance of falling out with some breathing room. I really don't think there is a need to staple someone in with a restraint like that. I did notice last time I rode it seemed to tighten up some again, and was also glad to get off.

Last edited by 3snoH un=l, Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:43 PM

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:15 PM

I've always enjoyed Gatekeeper and rode it twice in the early season and the vest seemed to get tighter both times. I couldn't wait for the ride to be over. I haven't ridden since and with what I've been reading doesn't sound like I'll be riding it again this season.


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