Apologies if this isn't the right CX forum for this question. My impression is that the other group is for "cx-like" bike questions but not so much the actual sport.
Anyway, I just bought 2 pairs of used Eggbeater pedals. Supposedly still have plenty of life in 'em. Candy C's (recently rebuilt) and Regulars (silver all). The cleats don't look worn.
I've been using old Ritchie-type SPDs and fell at a few barriers so I was fed up with them. They just weren't predictable enough. 1 in 20 barriers they grabbed me hard.
I use Shimano rubber sole sport-tour shoes.
So now these Eggbeaters... Often they seem like I'm not even really being retained. The cleats go so easily in and out of the pedals. But they seem to ride fine. They do seem like my feet are going to go flying out on some downhill turn, though. We'll see. No feedback there, yet.
Most of the time when I dismount for a barrier the PEDALS WON'T LET GO. That's all there is to it. A lot of the time even my RIGHT pedal won't let go hardly! It suddenly becomes DIFFICULT, like a tight road-pedal (I have some Looks cranked hard for road). Then I step thru with the right and rotate the left AND NOTHING GIVES! ...Except my ankle! I installed the cleats with double-dot on the right for 15 deg release. I just can't figure out how they work!!! If I'm riding along it seems like they're easy to fly in and out of -- effortless -- too much so, even. Both with the Regs and the Candy C's.
I stand at the barrier with my feet positioned and put my shoe in and out of the cleat and the left WON'T LET GO HARDLY. A couple days ago I was practicing and it seemed like it would let go if my heel was level when I twisted my ankle.
They're popular pedals so it must be me. I'm normally good at using stuff, but sheesh! What's the secret? Just been out flubbing dismounts for an hour... And I have no real repeatable pattern other than "when I dismount and try to get out I can't."