Shimano has made great pedals for years to the degree that some people use "SPD" (Shimano Pedal Design) when referencing clipless pedals the same way they use "Kleenex" when asking for a tissue. While these pedals may be tough, it was hard for them to stand out among the other strong competitors. The internals are bomber and if you ever break or need to service these pedals, it's probably because you backed over your bike with the car.
We're not sure if anyone out there is riding these pedals they way they come packaged with the pin spacers installed, but grip is greatly improved without them. Maybe the torx bolts angered them just as much as they did us and they couldn't be bothered to change them out. Spacers of half the height would have been better. The concave platform felt a bit awkward underfoot, but for a beefy, workhorse pedal at a good price, downhillers on a budget won't find a better choice.