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Anyone else have an issue with Firehawk's restraints?


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I like Firehawk a lot, but the restraints on it press down on my chest so hard that I feel like I have an issue breathing. Anyone else have this problem? I try to give myself a little room when I put them on, but the attendants always end up pushing down on it anyway. By the end of the ride it's so tight I have to take short shallow breaths and I start panicking.

 

I went to Cedar Point recently and had a similar problem on Gatekeeper. 

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Those restraints suck major coaster bolts man. Still, I like the ride. I am about a buck 45 most the time, and I don't have breathing or tightness issues...

But I have noted numerous times that Wild Eagle pre-B&M restraint modification really tore me up. I forget what it did to my sternum, but I was on steroids for 90 days. Those restraints were awful. Tighter and tighter.

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Me being a smaller build (tall, skinny, super metabolism) I find them very comfy, however I also find Banshee and Gatekeeper's restraints comfy, and a little tight on the brake run. I like FH to be a little loose so I'm not all the way on the seat and dangling from the restraints (so fun yet terrifying) but that is just me.

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Rode it once. Won't ride it again. The restraints are the reason.

 

It wasn't the restraints around my torso that was the problem, it was my legs. I was in physical pain for almost the entire ride. I was actually very sad afterwards because I was so excited to experience the 'flying' ride...

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I'm a big guy, and I've never had a problem with Firehawk's vest restraint.  In fact, it's probably the most comfortable restraint for me.

 

Banshee, on the other hand, I have the same problem as the OP.  It's a tight fit and I have to take shallow breaths while riding.  I love the ride but can't marathon it too long because I can't breathe very well.

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Really? That's strange. I wonder why it's so tight on me then. I'm on the smallish side so you would think it wouldn't be a problem.

My niece feels that way, but she doesn't hold herself to the back of the chair like I do, she kind of lays on the restraints.

The restraints are really spacey on us, we are both small, but I hold myself up and it's torture. If I didn't, I'd feel like I was slipping out.

I quickly gave FH up as my drawing hand has more metal in it than Wolverine, and I fear the plate popping off mid ride from my weight on it.

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