Feel a bit silly asking a bunch of strangers whether I should try being clipped in or not...
I've always ridden with flats. I ride & race DH, and it's been flats all the way, to the extent I couldn't even consider SPD's.
However, over the past 2 years, i've started riding a lot more XC/Trail/Enduro (whatever you want to call it), racing Gravity Enduro's, the Mega, Super Enduro's etc with some reasonable results.
Always on flats, decent pedals with 5:10's. However, I train a lot on the road bike, clipped in & have no issues, but that's a different beast of course.
I am what I would consider to be a 'comfort dabber', normally i'll have a foot off the pedal when it's loose & i'm over committed, often when I don't need to, which is where my fear of being clipped in becomes irrational. That split moment of being able to just lift, vs a conscious twist & lift could be the difference in saving something & eating sh*t.
I know i'm a serial masher of the pedals, and on the road bike I find climbing way more efficient, but I can't quite make the leap of faith to going in for clips on the sort of riding/events aforementioned.
Sounds stupid I know - and should probably be an MTFU moment & just get on with it. So i'm asking has anyone else been in a similar situation to me? Die hard flats rider & made the switch? I think if I do make the change it would be something like a 661 Filter shoe & Mallet pedal combo so I still have some security blanket there.