After the occasional foray with clips (like others, for racing) I've been a die hard flats (Impact Pros and DMR V12s with longer than stock pins) guy for years, however having recently got on a newer longer, faster hardtail (which is all I ride), my feet have been getting blown off on one really fast chopped up trail in particular.
I've had two rides now on a pair of Time Speciale 8s and am still only really loving them on tech climbs haha...
It's summer here in NZ so I'm trying to make the most of the steep/tech/gnar before winter hits but I'm definitely not as confident with clipping in and out yet and even though I've drilled out my soles for a much more rearward yet not-quite-flats-midfoot position, my calves are definitely feeling the extra tension.
I know I should plug away having spent the money now but I can't help feeling I'll be migrating back to flats before winter.
My riding is first and foremost for fun.