Well, I guess I'm that user. Or maybe I’ve just got a different skillset or different goals? I’ve noted before in this thread that my observations indicate flats aren’t appropriate if you’re trying to maximize your XC or endurance race results (remember, a good result is relative). That’s important to me and using flats would prevent the personal best finish. Even when I’m not racing, I spend at least some portion of a ride (sometimes all of it) putting the hammer down. It’s way more fun for me to put the hammer down when I’m clipped in.If there is sacrifice using platforms, there is user error present.
I just spent the money to make my snow bike clipless (new pedals and winter riding boots). I spent the last two winter seasons on it using flats, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve alternated rides between flats and clipless (switched over my summer setup). No question – I have way more fun when clipped in, even getting the thing in the air on occasion and it feels like a performance bike rather than a barge. Apparently the one skill I do have is unclipping more-or-less instantly when I need to, so the whole “get your foot down faster with flats” doesn’t resonate with me.