I tend to like the Woodies a little better. Ive been on some steel ones too and woodies are just different. The shakiness and that you dont find on a steel one. I also like steel coasters amost as well. Alot more smooth and have cool stuff built into them.
I prefer steel over wood. However the best coaster Ive ridden this year so far has been wood. ROAR west is far better than Medusa. Yet alas steel is still better cause my number one is steel. Only 4 more days till I get to ride it again. WOOHOO!!
Definately wood. The coaster can change personality one year to the next even day by day. One ride durring a drought may feel a bit different from a ride after a week of rain. One year it could be a great ride the next rotten. Steel isn't affected by weather like a steel coaster. Steel is the same morning noon and night maybe a bit faster at night. I rode the Wildcat at Hershey last year first train out of the station. It was so slow climbing the secong hill I thought it was going to rollback. By that night she was screaming round as if it was a different ride. Gotta go with wood due to all the varibles. ------------- Parks hit for 2000! PKD,BGW,Knoebels,DP,HP,PKI,HW,SFKK,SFA,SFNE,LC,GE,QP, Camden, SFO,CP,WL,IW,KW
My 2 favorite coasters are steel, but overall, I would have to say wood. First of all, wood coasters just LOOK cooler that steelies, and I agree about the variables of ride. True, you can't do as much with wood as you can with steel, but who needs all kinds of gimmicks to have a good coaster ride?
I like both alot, but wood is a timeless masterpiece unaffected by fads.
It delivers the out of control feeling that steel coasters cannot. I feel like a good woody is definitely more of a "wild ride" than a steel coaster. Inversions are cool, but many steel coasters are too smooth and fail to deliver any significant gravitational forces.
I can do flips, twists, and stuff into a swimming pool if I want inversions! Give me airtime(floating, violent, and lateral, bone jarring lateral g's, and positive g's that push me down. These are more often found on woodies! And that lovely shake as well.
I just want to say something about that wood gives more airtime statement. This is totally ridiculous. The only thing that matters for making airtime is the design of the coaster. Build a steel coaster with the exact same layout as Shivering Timbers and you'll get just as much airtime.
Yeah, that's true. But steel(as good as it is)doesn't give the same airtime as wood. Steel is more programmed, timed just right to give the right effect. It's more predictable IMO. With wood, you never know what your going to get each time you step aboard. Not a knock on steel(my favorite coaster is steel), but wood has serious attitude!
Steel all the way. With wood you can get twisted, but not as much as steel without being totally painful. Plus, both my favorite coasters are steel. (medusa west and goliath) I love wood coasters also. Roar and colossus are two of my favorites as well. Peace. :)
I generally prefer wood, but I would say rather than prefer a type of coaster, I like anything that doesn't make you use %^&* over-the-shoulder restraints. I'm short & they just about always hurt my neck or jaw (except Steel Phantom, which makes my ears bleed).