Huh? I've been driving sticks for 14 years and I always downshift. Of course you don't want to slam the gear and pop the clutch out, you just need to match the revs. People will claim it wears the clutch out, but in all my cars I've never replaced a clutch before 160k miles.When u have to slow down fast u should down shift to help you slow down. but its not good to do that all of the time.