OK, take this with a huge pinch of salt.... and I'm no expert, and this can classify as hearsay, but I can report this from my friend who has plus and fat bikes: when I asked him which bike he liked the best he said he liked plus bikes the best. He thought the fatbikes were a little too specialized for his tastes, whereas the plus bike hit the sweetspot for him. I cycle with him regularly, and I can only recall him cycling with the fat bike a couple of times, all other times he brings his plus bikes. You pays your money, you takes your choice..... But do please let us know what you end up with!