These were a great price so I picked up 3 pairs, as they tend to wear down pretty quickly for me. Obviously if one was to wear cleat covers they would have a longer life. The gray cleats give that little bit of float which I like since I have knee issues, but theyre not sloppy.
I find this cleats way better in terms of clipping in and durability. It does feel better and less creaking when used as compared to the original hip cleats that come originally with the pedals. There might be some slight issues with longetivity.
These cleats are a good deal if they're on sale (daily special). However, note that these do not have the rubber grips at the bottom and may be more slippery if you're walking around. I prefer the grey cleats with the 6 degrees of float which give me a nice balance of security and keep my knees happy.
I've standardized on Mavic or Look pedals on all my bikes, and these are my go-to cleats for road pedals. Stock up when they're a Daily Special so you have them on hand when you realize $%, these are worn out and you really need them. Tips - (1) Take a Sharpie and outline the position on the bottom of your shoes before you swap them so you get them back in the same spot, and (2) put a dab of grease on the bolts so they won't seize due to moisture later.
I've been riding Look since the beginning of clipless tech. Solid feel, easy to clip in, and good durability. A good cleaning and a light coat of lubricant will keep the squeaks away.
Look Keo cleats have been around for so many years there's not much I can say about them, either you like the pedals and cleats or you don't. However, there's nothing like a new set of cleats to give you a solid connection between your foot and the pedal. I generally let my cleats get too worn before replacing them. I shouldn't and I won't in the future.
Just replaced my cleats after having used the original cleats for over 2 years with close to 8,000 miles of riding and I'm a little embarrassed to admit a moderate amount of walking also. These original cleats were still very easy to click-in & out but I thought it would be prudent to replace them.