I have few pairs of these.
I prefer clips for DH and XC riding. It seems to be getting a bit more common for DH. How many times I have ridden Whistler and the amount of people who can't comprehend being clipped in. I can't imagine not being clipped in. These are great shoes for DH and XC riding. I wouldn't recommend them for riding flat pedals , they are not nearly as grippy as 5 Tens.