I have some eggbeaters that i got a few weeks ago. I have no problems getting out of them, it's getting in that i have a problem with. In todays race there was a set of barriers that immediately turned down a hill that went right back up a rutted singletrack (with no flats). And i could not for the life of me get into the clips on 4 of the 6 laps, so going up the steep hill, the roots ended upknocking my feet off of the pedals causing me to have to jump off and run the rest of the hill that ended up going BACK down again down a very rooty singletrack (causing similar problems).
I never had this problem with the SPD mtn bike pedals i had (now my wife has). I even saw some of the A racers with EB's having a hard time. Is there something with these pedals, or is it just rider proficiency? They do seem like a very popular pedal of course.