This may be a little off-topic but I've been hearing good and bad things about clipless pedals. My view on clipless pedals may be different to the people that have them and love them. But since I've been riding BMX all my childhood life from jumping ramps and etc. I'm use to having my feet being freely off the pedal, and I also feel I have more control when I'm losing control of the bike. From watching others with the clipless pedal, I've been seeing more falls when going downhill and climbing hills. But from a straight a way I see the improvement with them consider your feet and legs staying in the same place at all time. With being that, it help your ride alot easier and less wear and tear on the body. But to come to think of it, alot of the trail riding I've been to involve more than just doing straight a way and what not. Alot of it are hill climbs, steep downhills with rocks down below, taken out tree roots and etc. I just feel my confident knowing my feet are freely and able to use them to avoid myself from losing control when a a situation does happen. To come to think of it, my only fall I had with the 3 month I started up MTB was at Boyette Park. I tried to jump over a step like double tree root and my front tire caught the second root which cause me to tumble over and landed off the trail. Most of the time I usually avoid a wreck myself just before it happens, but in that case it was when I was just start learning to ride the trails again.
The only downfall I seem to have with just the regular pedals, is when mud get stuck inside the pedals which create loss of traction of the pedal. Most of the time it rarely happen to me but if it does, I'll just grab a stick and remove it off the pedal.
All in all I feel everyone have their own comfort zone as how they ride their bike and if you feel comfortable the way you ride, then the power is to you all. But myself I'll just stick with the regular pedals.