I'm a relative newcomer to mountain biking and like technical, rocky trails as well as fast single track. My friend has a pair of Time pedals (not sure which model) that she offered to give me as she now has egg beaters. I'm guessing they're ATAC's. Since I'm a newcomer, I'm off my bike alot on technical climbs. The Crank Brother's Mallet looks like a perfect pedal for me since it has a large platform that I can use to get pedaling again once I'm off the bike on a climb. I plan on starting out with the free pedals (duh) and then looking at something else. How much does weight matter? The Mallet's weigh in at 500g, which seems high when compared to egg beaters.
Any shoe recommendations. The Specialized MTB comp looks nice.
Thanks for any help.