Question: What appeared the be the top wait time for Gatekeeper during the day? (And how long did you end up waiting?) What were the wait times like for the other coasters, in comparison?
Weirdest decision on the restraints is in making them tighten as the ride goes along. By the time you get to the end, as you stated, there is almost zero freedom of movement left. Very uncomfortable.
Still, it didn't stop us from riding several times that day!
My guess is that these systems are uncomfortable because there's a lot more zero-g sections on a wing rider than are on a flier, so your body shifts a lot more in the seat, allowing the ratchets to continuously tighten the restraint. I have found B&M flier restaints very comfortable, but could see how they would be annoying when used on a standard seat on a coaster with quite a bit of airtime.