Intimidator 305 OTS Belt Restraints - Why aren't they in more places?
I understand why designers feel like they have to have OTSRs on certain coasters...especially these modern high-intensity coasters with stengel-dives, past-90 first drops, and very high-speed switchbacks.
That being said, it seems like a lot of people complain about the "head-banging" on OTSRs during high-speed transitions.
Why don't more coasters, especially some of these Intamin torture devices, use I305's "strap" design? It allows for the security of an OTSR without any of the head-banging or other hard-foam discomfort.
Maverick is intolerable for a lot of riders, for example...why not use it there?
What about SkyRush? The lapbars keep ratcheting down until they're painfully tight. Why not a belt-style OTSR? A belt would flex enough to allow the rider to feel airtime while still staying below eye-level and thus "out of the way" of the experience.
I don't understand why more coasters haven't embraced the "straps". Is it a maintenance issue of some kind? This seems like a very elegant solution for most of the restraint issues with newer coasters.
* This post was modified at 7/30/12 9:09:16 AM *
As far as why parks haven't changed to this, well it's a simple cost thing. Intamin certainly isn't going to pay for it. The parks that currently own Intamin's with OTS restraints won't pay for something they feel they don't need. Unless an multiple incidents are reported, ridership numbers dwindle, or new trains are needed, I wouldn't expect any changes for any current Intamin loopers.
Having said that, I think Kingda Ka, Storm Runner, Maverick, and even Fahrenheit would all benefit from a change in restraint.
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I only know the ride experience with those restraints, and I missed the change to the new ones by literally 2 days.
Agreed, tho, as to why anyone anywhere would NOT install these newer "belt" types from the get-go.
Similar as to why the Skyrush station uses the same spot for loading and off-loading the trains.
Literally stupid, and to be fixed later*...at what cost and inconvenience TBD.
*so "we" are told or read about