After riding clips for +20 years, I felt it was time to grow up and transition to flats. After doing my research and through information from friends, it came down to the HT pedals. I got the cool looking purple ones and couldn't wait to try them out. Unfortunately, I was recovering from an injury when they arrived and had to wait a couple of weeks to ride them. My first ride I noticed my left foot was solid, grip for days, but my right foot (non-dominant) was not so good. I thought that it was from the muscle memory of the clips, so I accepted it and continued to ride them. After three weeks of normal use (normal as in more Cross country and less trail/jumps/drops) as I was getting more comfortable on these pedals, I started to get a weird creak in the right pedal. I followed the guidelines for loosening the pedal and the creak went away for one ride. Last week (4 weeks after I started to ride them) the creak came back with a vengeance, and noticed that it felt like I was riding on the spindle. I also had a difficult time keeping my right foot on the pedal while pedaling.
I dismounted the bike on the trail to inspect the creak, and that is when I realized the pedal was dead. It would not not spin freely, and what I thought was the spindle, was actually the side of the pedal as it rotated around with the crank.
I have to say I am disappointed with these, because the grip is fantastic but longevity is not good. Hoping for a warranty replacement, but in limbo now waiting on a response.