Outlaw Run roller coaster

In this week's poll, we ask whether you prefer the experience offered by wooden or steel roller coasters.

For a few years, it seemed like wooden roller coasters had had their day. Steel was more flexible and able to offer a wider range of ride experiences, and seemingly capable of offering a smoother ride. Existing wooden coasters remained in place, but new ones were thin on the ground.

In recent years, though, wooden roller coasters have returned with a vengeance. Classic rides such as El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure and The Voyage at Holiday World have proven beyond doubt that modern wooden creations can compete with steel coasters in terms of both experience and popularity.

2013 will see a number of innovative wooden coasters join the fray. Some, like the revamped Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, are actually wood-steel hybrids. However, while Silver Dollar City's Outlaw Run also utilises a steel layer in its "Topper Track", it remains definitively a wooden coaster - one that features several unique inversions. And Cedar Fair has also gone with a wooden beast, Gold Striker, as its first major investment at California's Great America for some years.

Of course, there are still plenty of new steel roller coasters in the pipeline. Some, like Bolliger & Mabillard's Wing Rider coasters, offer an experience that would be difficult or impossible to recreate using wood alone. Guests are likely to flock to Cedar Point to try out its impressive-looking GateKeeper when it debuts in May.

The choice between wood and steel often polarises coaster fans. With the introduction of wood-steel hybrids, the debate has been muddied still further. But which type of coaster do you prefer?

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Which type of coaster is your favourite?

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I would have to say it depends on the age of the coaster. Cedar Point has some gnarly wooden coasters that instill fear of death instead of fear of excitement. I would like to ride some of these new wooden roller coasters to compare the smoothness.

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