Friday, March 2, 2001 7:53 PM
What do you think of the Intamin Hyper stadium seating trains?
Friday, March 2, 2001 7:58 PM
I think the fenders rattle like a '73 Nova, the seat belts are a pain in the*****to get on and off, but they ride great, and like all other Intamin Coasters, well worth the experience.
Saturday, March 3, 2001 3:40 AM
I love those trains. They are so comfortable. There's a certai ntrick with the seat belts so they don't dig into your side. But I love the feeling of vulnerability with the open air trains. Morgan trains look the opposite. Horrible. All enclosed like that.
Saturday, March 3, 2001 4:54 AM
I agree the seat belts are tricky. I've actually helped other riders get out because I've ridden S:ROS @ SFA so many times. The trick is to use your thumb and your first finger and the push the tabs at the same time. I love the seating and I think the stadium seating is great. It's fun to watch the expression on peoples faces when they see the open-sided trains for the first time.
Saturday, March 3, 2001 6:51 AM
I love the Intamin trains. I still remember all the trouble I had with those seat belts opening day last year for MF, LoL. I too have helped other riders out of them after like my 3rd lap on the coaster.
Sheik al Squeak
Saturday, March 3, 2001 7:52 AM
i love the stadium seating. every seat is almost like riding in the front. seat belts could use some work but i'm all for the sideless feeling
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Saturday, March 3, 2001 8:12 AM
I think these trains are right there with the B&M Hyper trains and they are better in the respect that the lapbars, unlike the B&M pillows, do not get pressed down on the first drop. When I first looked at the MF trains, I didn't think they'd be quite as nice as the Superman: ROS trains because there are some subtle differences. 1) MF's front car is higher 2) the obvious headrests and 3) the seats in front are the same distance apart as the ones in the back, which I thought was going do defeat the purpose of "stadium style" seating. But after riding MF, I think I actually like those trains a little better. The front car being higher makes no difference as far as I can tell except maybe it deflects a few more bugs. The headrests are not huge and clunky and you can almost see through them. And the seats being spread apart is better for me because it leaves a little more foot/leg room. If you look closely, MF's trains to not have the blackish/gray triangular cover that comes up beside the front row if the ROS cars (not even sure what it's for). This is what allowed them to move the front seats further apart. Also, MF's trains have a much nicer floor to them that looks like it'll stand the test of time better than the others.
P.S. The last time I was at Darien Lake, half of the "original" seatbelts were missing and had standard type American seatbelts. I like the European style ones because the connecting mechanism is smaller and tends not to keep banging on you like the larger replacements. Plus the European ones just look cool and its fun to help someone get out of it if they're having trouble. I hope they keep the original belts and definitely not have half and half like Darien did. Maybe that was just temporary though...
*** This post was edited by MDOmnis on 3/3/2001. ***
Saturday, March 3, 2001 8:15 AM
I'm 6'3 and it's a bit of heaven.
Oooooh, my freekin' head.... Too many G's Too many G's! No, no, Too much Beer before the G's!
Saturday, March 3, 2001 8:17 AM
Best trains ever made. Love the unlimited position lap bar. the seatbelt is not to hard to work once you get the hang of it.
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Saturday, March 3, 2001 11:58 AM
Intamin makes my favorite trains as well as coasters and track type. Their inverted and tiered hyper trains are outstanding for comfort. I see people struggling with the safety belts though but I don't find any trouble with them.
Saturday, March 3, 2001 12:06 PM
I love the trains alot.... :-D
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Saturday, March 3, 2001 12:31 PM
Well thanks to my friends at Guide to the Point, I got the seatbelt down with the first try. I think they are very comfortable. I think the lapbars are great because of the T postion. Your legs aren't squeezed together. The ride to too smooth for words (other than smooth).
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Saturday, March 3, 2001 4:57 PM
About those seat belt buckles...Those buckles are made by the Stubai company in Austria, which considers them a form of carabiner. They're designed for connecting loads for parasailing, and they have a rated longitudinal breaking strength of about 2,900 pounds. More important, they are designed for an application where quick-release is necessary, and accidental release would be deadly. So it's necessary to push both tabs at the same time to get 'em open.
I wonder if they would meet DOT approval for use on automotive seat belts. In my car, I've had the seat belt buckle fail unexpectedly a couple of times (fortunately not when it counted!).
At Darien Lake, incidentally, the "original" belts are the ones with the automotive-style buckles... :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.