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Well lets agree to disagree, obviously the restraints purpose are not solely to keep your head in place, but it helps.  I'd love to take an accelerometer on it to see what lateral g is placed on a rider, as we found back in the day it's not the sustained g that is the main cause of injuries, it's the initial spike g that happens in the initial change of direction that does.

 

The head restraint might seem overkill for you, or a fighter pilot, or racing driver who is used to experiencing high lateral g, but lets not forget the vast majority of people that ride these rides are not built for it and for the best part, the most strenuous part of movement their neck gets is moving from one screen to another in their office, without the restraint I'm sure more people would break the necks on those corners, it may not be the sole use, but it's an important one.

 

BTW TTP has Saw's GForce listed as 4.5, but it does say what type of g it is.

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yep it reaches around 4.5G in a few places however that's not in lateral G forces. If a roller coaster had the possibility of giving you a neck fracture, even with a restraint it wouldn't be open. I like to think I know a thing or two about roller coaster design and typical designers will avoid high lateral forces as much as they can as they are generally quite uncomfortable (for example, a wild mouse)  

 

I'll try back up my point with some evidence.

 

Take this heart line roll on Maverick for example at 12 seconds (it was eventually removed cause of stress on the train)

 

Now look at Mavericks restraints

maverick_close.jpg

 

That restraint was not designed to keep your head in place.

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Both Saw and Smiler could've been built with lap bars, half the time it's the owners decision (if there is a choice obviously) and I think a lot of the choice is often based on the country of residence... Lap bars on an intense coaster would probably appear unsafe to the masses...

 

Karacho is probably a good example comparison as it does have similar train and elements to Saw... Plus a launch as well, though I reckon the main reason for OTSRs would be the drop, and though Iron Shark has both that and lap bars, 6 years is a long time for further development to allow Gerst to provide such an option for their Eurofighters...

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Saw is certainly not 5G, unless you are reffering to the pain endured during the ride's jolts.

 

The actual G is likely around 4.5G considering the track, layout and pace. Especially given Smiler's similarities which also offers 4.5G.

 

Lap bars on this would be loverly and probably make the ride more enjoyable. Unfortunately at this time that is probably wishful thinking.

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There was a person around on the forums who had a g force reading for many rides... Wonder if they did Saw...

 

You could easily hit 5G on Saw, if only for .1 of a second and it'd still count anyways... Indeed most of any ride's highest g force is very quick and sudden otherwise there'd be a lot more issues if they were sustained for a duration...

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First-time ride for me yesterday, having come straight back from California's Six Flags: Magic Mountain I thought that the Thorpe Park rides would underwhelm but SAW really impressed me.

Quite possibly on of the best starts to a ride I've been on and the ride experience itself is superb, great layout.

One question though, has it always been that rough on the ol' noggin? Came off with half a headache!


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3 hours ago, punks said:

First-time ride for me yesterday, having come straight back from California's Six Flags: Magic Mountain I thought that the Thorpe Park rides would underwhelm but SAW really impressed me.

Quite possibly on of the best starts to a ride I've been on and the ride experience itself is superb, great layout.

One question though, has it always been that rough on the ol' noggin? Came off with half a headache!
 

 

I love the layout but hate the themeing; roughness comes and goes, luck of the draw, and also dependent on the truck you're in.

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With the blades on Saw, they look good spinning from the outside but when I've ridden it (with the blades spinning) I couldn't actually see any movement because I would've only have seen then for a split second. 

 

But if I'm being honest, the blades aren't that good of a near miss, I personally prefer the near miss on the indoor drop with the spikes as they're really the only thing you can actually see.

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I would say head back definitely.

 

Saw is rough in a different way to something like Colossus. Colossus is rough in the way that you get uncontrollable headbanging (so having your head forwards would be better then). However with Saw, it's rough in the sense of breaking your neck kind of, so rather than being forced side to side you're really being forced forwards and backwards.

 

If you have your head forwards expect your neck to strain quite a lot but if you keep it back, you'll hopefully be able to enjoy the ride.

 

And generally from what I've noticed, it's smoother in the back row and on the inside seats.

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9 minutes ago, ThemeParkCrafter said:

Is it rougher to sit in the front row or the back row?

 

2 hours ago, 'Airtime Falcon' said:

 

And generally from what I've noticed, it's smoother in the back row and on the inside seats.

 

;) 

 

That being said it's really depends on the train, it could be rough it could be smooth - it's a lottery with Saw.

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13 hours ago, ThemeParkCrafter said:

What is the best head position for saw? Is it putting your head on the back of the restraint or move it forwards?

 

Head back definitely!  Try to get front row and train 2 if you can 

You might wanna take pain killers (I always do) as you can get a bit of a head bashing some times - but it's worth it!

 

1 hour ago, alexander said:

What we do know for sure though is it's a pile of ****ing ****e

 

Noooo Saw is the best :air_kiss:

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