I've been on SPDs since they first came out in 1991 or thereabouts, with a brief ill fated stint on the funky mid 90s Time Atac pedals, and have always loved them. Simple, reliable, easy in and out, but I'd heard good things about the Candy pedals and have wanted to try a pair for some time. Couple that with me wanting to move from an XC type pedal to one a bit more trail oriented, and I thought I'd give these a whirl , dipping my toes in with the Candy 1 since they're at a great price point.
I've done a couple of rides and generally speaking I really like these. The float feels better than on SPDs, I really like the disengagement, and they feel really secure when I'm clipped in. I'm not giving them 5 stars as I've had a few times where I had hard time getting clipped in - I'm sure most of this is just a learning curve after 25 years on SPDs, but the odd thing is I can't figure out why sometimes I get right in and others I have trouble. Nonetheless I'm not planning on switching back to my Shimanos any time soon.