I bought theses on a Black Friday special. My riding doesnt really warrant XTR-level components. These are a treat. They clip in and out effortlessly. Way better than my previous SPD pedals. I also like the stability of the larger foot platform.
I always want the best in whatever I get on my bike and try to get the lightest but for those who have power weather you are a cross country trail or enduro rider the power transfer is more important to your overall speed then the little bit of grams added by the cage Which helps for the best power transfer but to make it as light as possible get the xtr for the best smoothest spin and lighter pedal that is more Precision made.
You will be glad you did by the way did I mention the amazing stability
For those with great power and who simply want the best the xtr 9020 are the pedals for you.
I've run XTs and XTRs for mtb and cx for many years (along with Time Atacs). After some bearing issues in years past newer versions seem to stay tight. I got the trail version after trying a friend's. With more flexible shoes for all mtn riding you can really feel the support of the outer cages helping reduce foot pain on long decents. Loved them for long Downieville DHs and locally.