Steel Coasters vs. Wooden Coasters. Which is better and why do you think this way.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:36 AM
I want to see what people think about Steel And wooden coasters because im am doing a research paper to see what people like the more and why they like more than the other. I am trying to prove that steel is better over all if you like wood more id like to hear some points you would make one why *** Edited 9/27/2005 1:39:39 PM UTC by ben p*** *** Edited 9/27/2005 2:31:22 PM UTC by ben p***
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:01 AM
But 'arguements' and vs. topics aren't a big thing here.

Fine. Maybe the arguments--but specifically seeking them is not.


Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:05 AM
Why do you care if you think steel is better? Isn't it all really subjective?
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:11 AM
I don't call it a argument. I see it as POV's.

Even though this is a vs thread I don't think it should be closed, Maybe change the subject line to your views on wood and steel coasters, Likes and Disslikes.

To me steel (And Im talking all of them) get boring very quickly getting the same exact ride almost every single time. I find smoothness and quietness (B&M silenced track) to be detrimental to me WANTING TO RIDE AGAIN. Of course, to some that may be the advantage.

Wood coasters toss me, shake me and sometimes break me.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:12 AM
It is like asking if peanut butter is better than jelly when making a sandwich. They offer very different ride experiences, though it would be strange to hear why someone only likes wood or only likes steel. It is the variety of ride experiences that keep roller coaster fans coming back, and wood coasters are very much a part of the total sandwich or whole enchilada. But in trying to roll with your thesis:

#1 Wood coasters are much more historically rooted, some are even national landmarks.

#2 Wood coasters bump and gallup allowing people to feel the ride, enhancing the out of control experience.

#3 Wood coasters shift and give while coaches ride the rails. Steel usually does not shift (with the exception of Shockwave at SFoT).

#4 No two wood coasters are alike because there are so many variables in wood creations, and they are much more defined by the terrain. *** Edited 9/27/2005 2:21:37 PM UTC by rc-madness***

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:17 AM
Wood coaster are far superior to steel. End of discussion. Mods, this topic can now be closed!
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:24 AM
And Swamp Fox is the best wooden ON THE PLANET.

End of Discussion, now the mods can close it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:37 AM
And Clint Beaver is the best name in the world!
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:11 AM
You're trying to prove that steel is better huh? Interesting that you already know the outcome you want so can fix the results around the answer. Hmm..that sounds familar!

Anyway, why do you need to prove anything? Are you insecure about your lvoe of steel coasters and are upset about all the attention wood coasters have gotten lately with the exciting projects at Holiday World, Beech Bend, and Great Adventure?

Why does one have to be better than the other anyway? They are two different experiences and liking one over the other is personal opinion that can't be proved.

My own opinion? I enjoy woodies far more than steel. As a railroad fan, I like to think of it as steam engines vs diesels. They are both exciting and interesting but there is something about a steam engine that makes it feel alive and not just a piece of machinery.

I do enjoy all coasters and interestinly, I find that I like the quirky small steel coasters a lot better than the giant ones. I can't get enough of those spinning mice!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:28 AM
Are you conducting research because you're really curious or are you looking for people to turn your opinion into fact? There's a big difference. Maybe you should do a research paper on that instead.

The truth is, both types of coasters have their advantages and disadvantages. I'm not going to get into all of that now- try reading a few topics and it will all become very clear. Some people like the twists and turns that steel coasters provide. Others like the look, feel, sound and smell of a wood coaster. Quite a few of those people spent a lot of money to travel into the heart of Idaho last weekend to ride two of the best wood coasters around. Maybe you should seek them out and find out why they love wood coasters so much, since they can probably give you some pretty good reasons why steel coasters aren't better than wood ones, just different.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:30 AM
Wood gets my vote. They seem to hold up better over time. Due to warping wood, the ride changes every season.

There are no two wood coasters that are the same, barring, of course, Racers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:43 AM
I usually get more enjoyment out of wooden coasters, for reasons all previously stated. They're a little rougher and feel wild, or untamed. The ride changes each year, and sometimes even between rides or depending on where you sit (this doesn't apply as much to steel coasters, although obviously I'd rather sit in the back on a hyper/giga). While most of them are shorter than your average steel coaster, I get a much greater thrill out of them. I'm much more excited about rides like Voyage and the new woodie at Six Flags then I was about Kingda Ka >_>.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:53 AM
Wood coasters pack more punch pound for pound, but steel coasters can hold a lot more pounds. Personally, I love them both and I could not decide which is better. I think wood tends to get more love among enthusiasts because they don't get the respect they deserve over all and they are much more rare. If wood outnumbered steel 10-1, I think this thread would read a bit differently.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:01 PM
TGG coasters rule all...but the new ones are all wooden with steel supports.

So I guess it's like a Frosted Mini-Wheats commercial. Which side's the best?


Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:34 PM
I like steel coasters because they can (safely) go higher, faster, and ride smoother (can you imagine a wooden version of TTD or Kingda Ka? ouch!). They're (generally) more thrilling to me.

I like wooden coasters because they have more of an old-time feel (even the new ones). I love that "chink chink chink" sound of their anti-rollbacks as they crest the hills mid-course. It brings back good memories of childhood.

Which do I like better? I dunno. I like both a lot. It's like asking if you like the dollar coins better than a dollar bill. They're both dollars, and both have the same intrinsic value. Each has their ups, and each has their downs, but in the end, it's still a dollar.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 4:43 PM
I like any coaster I can fit in, which is all of them except Jr. Gemini, and I think this way because I am the man. :)
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 4:58 PM
^If Bill can fit in Jr. Gemini I know you could, Brian. lol.

Comparing wood to steel is like comparing plastic to cyberskin......nevermind. :-)

It's ALL good!

Ok, I am more into steel I suppose. I am VERY fussy and picky with wooden coasters.

My fave woodies (Lightning Racer, Roar, Thunderhead, Great Am's Viper, Screechin Eagle) have to be full of air and FAST! They also have to be smooth for me to tolerate.

As far as steel.......I love the launchers, period. The fast the better. The higher the better. Intamins and B&M's are what I love. Insane.

In before close. :-P


*** Edited 9/27/2005 8:59:54 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 5:05 PM
I got on once Tina. Front row with the cutest little girl. But once was enough. I strained my ACL on the first lap. Imagine my dismay when we were sent around again.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 5:24 PM
I am wood and steel. End of discussion.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 6:29 PM
You've gotta be talking about Roar west cuz if you're looking for a smooth ride on Roar east sadly you aren't gonna find it.

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