I don't think you can go wrong either way. I'm 190 lbs and probably wear 10 lbs of gear and my 4-pot XT brakes stop me wonderfully.
I've always thought the jump from XT to XTR was in the zone of diminished returns for a lot of $. If you can get a good deal on it, go for it. If you're paying full retail, go for it too but realize XT is hardly any "worse".
Yeah I have the reg 8000 XTs on my xc 29r. The XTRs are reg trail (9000 series?). They are slightly used and are less than $200 for the set. No rotors, will have to bleed with install. Heard the hot ticket for someone like me is XT 4 piston front, reg in rear.
Best brake I have ever owned. I slapped the brakes on my bike, cut the lines and bled in about 20min and they ride borderline perfect out of the box. I am so impressed with these brakes. I will say this even if cliche....these brakes let me ride faster because I have confidence not just in slowing down, but how I will slow down....under control. They are still Shimano in feel (I had Magura MT7 before this), but way more modulation and the power is downright crazy.
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