My Cannondale came with a cheap set of Shimano SPD pedals which I've been using and enjoy. I was used to clipping in/out from my road bike so it worked nicely, and I love the ability to spin the pedals hard up over short climbs and roots and how connected I feel to the bike. I've ridden cheap, plastic platforms and my feet went sliding all over the place.
With winter coming on, I'd like to put some platforms on my bike so I can pick up the bike and just go ride it a little bit easier, and not have to worry about changing shoes. I'd also like to be able to ride in snow boots. I know very little about platforms and need some help. I don't particularly like the bearcage design, and am more interested in the BMX style pedals with pins. Now, what should I look for in a platform? Anything I should avoid at nearly all costs? Replaceable pins, bearing type/body/spindle material to look for? Brands to look for and avoid? Best value recommendations?
My budget is pretty low (<$60), and I don't need them to be the best pedals for freeride or descending Whistler, just good enough to ride hard on Oklahoma singletrack. I've been looking at Wellgo WAM-B25, Wellgo WAM-D10 (which has SPD on one side, but a relatively low stack height compared to other 'campus' pedals), the Truvativ Hussefelt, DMR V8, Sun Ringle Octane Mag (On sale, half off), and Azonic A-Frame.
Please let me know all of your opinions, unfounded biases, baseless attacks on my character, and pointless anecdotes passed off as fact. I would like a flamewar on page two over the topic of helmets or singlespeed vs geared etc. It's why I keep coming back to BF.