I’m currenly running Snafus that came stock with my KH24, and i like 'em. Although they are getting a bit worn, for one the bearings don’t sound to nice, due to being sunk into mud and water on occation - and I won’t be bothered to maintain parts this cheap (they’ve lasted 1.5 years already), partly because also the body is pretty smashed up.
What I like about the Snafus (in no particular order):
Good grip (although only ok in the wet), whilst still being easy enough to move my feet around
Good mud shedding
Platform size (large)
What i don’t like:
Only has 4 effictive pins (the cast ones have no practical function)
Semi-sensitive to water and mud and such
Also it would be very nice to see what a thin pedal would do for balance and feel. I’m going to be getting 5-10 Impact 2’s also.
So then what would be my best be for a new pedal (cost not being a major concern)? I have no clue, only what I’ve read… so apply a grain of salt to the statements below.
Drillium - what about mud shedding?
Burgtec - expensive(!) without any redeeming major plus except durability (but for the price of 9 snafus…). Grip is amazing they say though, but still thick and heavy (720g).
Straitline - on paper these seem like the best bet, thin, light-ish (520g), durable(?), lots of pins etc…
I have a pair that are from the “decathlon” sport store (make is “decathlon”)
big large butterfly (not too thick)
stick like hell (very agressive pins beware!) but I can change position by lifting my foot.
I use those going through mud … no problem.
best price (though not that cheap).
had those for two years but my riding is not agressive.
Missed the edit time, just a bit to illistrate how thin the Straitlines are. (They use bushings.) I would have liked to pins to not have the big bulge at the bottom, but perhaps that not an issue for grip anyway.
No way, vans and pinned flat pedals are just nicer. You can walk over anything you can hike on with vans, you just have to pay attention a bit. You can use the unicycle to keep balance on anything dodgy. I’ve even gone up iced over rocky slopes in vans, using the unicycle as an ice axe substitute (bung it on its side and whack the pedals into the ice for grip).
Hiking boots/shoes are overrated for hiking on foot anyway, 99% of stuff except winter in big snowy mountains or carrying massive heavy rucksacks is more fun and easier in lightweight trail running trainers.
I think I prefer pedals that are more symmetric front to back than not. I have a pair shaped kind of like the Drilliums, and I find my feet slipping off on downhills more than with Snafus. I tend to believe the smaller area to back pedal is what causes the slipping. Granted, it could just be that I’m more used to Snafus.
i dont really do muni but i have used Kona Jacksh!ts and Redline sealed CrMo pedals and the Konas have INCREDIBLE grip…i ride the redlines for trials because they have slightly less grip an i can move my feet around better
in the alps sooner or later you’re gonna kill yourself with vans… do an upd in a steep maybe wet part…and you’ll never stop… happend to me once…fell down couple meters could hold on on something…otherwise i would have gone over the edge and bite the dust…
I don’t think shoes make much difference if you go over a cliff, I’ve upd’d down a canyon before, and once you’re in mid air, you’re in mid air and your shoes aren’t gripping anything anyway.
If you fall with your feet on the trail, then whatever shoes you’re okay. I’ve never fallen and landed on the trail and ended up over a cliff, even on some pretty big trails (last year I rode in the alps for a week, NZ for several months - including some winter riding in big mountains, USA, Scotland, England).
I’m a big fan of the Snafus. I ride the sealed version, which are much nicer than the non-sealed versions. I’ve had them for about 3yrs and the bearings are still buttery smooth.
Yes, they are heavy, but I’ve since come to realisation that it’s more important to have a stable platform than something that’s really light but doesn’t have the right ‘feel’. For that reason I still prefer Snafus to the uber light Wellgo MG-1s. Last thing you want is to be spinning at high revs and lose your footing or have something so grippy or tacky that you can’t adjust your foot position on it safely.