I've also heard some good things about high performance Green Stuff brake pads. Anyone ever heard of those? What are your experiences with those? http://www.perfectbrakes.com
Check out their Green Stuff pads there in their various versions. I like the green cause they are for optimum braking peformance from 70 to 0 mph. The yellow and red are for 100 to 0 mph (sports cars and muscle cars). Obviously the green pads are best for Jeep application since we aren't (I hope) driving faster than 70 mph.
Also, the green pads are supposed to work good in wet and/or cold climates with no warm up needed. That's perfect for Washington State (very wet and sometimes cold).
Now those Napa softer, higher friction pads were also great on my Cherokee and I drove them for 60,000 miles and they lasted very well too. The Napa are less expensive than the Green Stuff. In fact, the Napa cost less than stock pads. However, the Green Stuff make less brake dust so your wheels stay cleaner and they offer the utmost in more stopping power.
With any brand
of brake pads:
I never choose the high mileage versions
because that means they will be harder, which means less braking traction
and more rotor wear. The high mileage pads also cost more (typically). Why pay more and get less braking performance?
Softer (lower mileage) pads might wear faster, but who cares? They cost less to buy, and they don't wear out your rotors as fast. The NON high mileage (any brand) will offer a softer pad, which means more braking traction and better stopping, especially in cold and/or wet weather (no-warm up needed).
Now whenever I say "better", I mean better in a cool and/or wet climate cause that's my situation.
I have no idea what is better in a hot, dry climate. My advice is for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Canada, Midwest, and maybe Colorado. Also, for any place that is cold and/or wet much of the year.