I had a set of cheap flats which were fine, but with the modern trend of lower bottom brackets I found myself bashing them on rocks a lot which gets old real fast.
Back in the day(tm) I had a pair of the red aluminium Shimano DX SPD pedals and they were totally bullet proof.. 10years or more use I must have had from them- they're still hanging on a peg in the shed.. anyway, I figured I'd give Shimano another go and tried the Saint pedals.
Initial thoughts were positive; good looking pedal, grippy enough, wide enough platform to get a comfortable foot position, not too thick. But they didn't last, both pedals developed play in the axles that I was not able to adjust out- got a warranty replacement set which I'm running now. Friend had a similar experience with his. Dissapointing from the big S.
All of which means I'm still on the hunt for the 'perfect flat pedal'.
In my mind the perfect pedal needs to balance cost(Low), weight(low), platform width(Wide enough, but not too wide to avoid rock strikes), thickness(thin=best), grippy enough and of course looks. It should also be simple enough to rebuild when it does wear.
What are people using? The hope pedals look great but are imo a bit thick and pricey, the superstar stuff is well priced, looks grippy but not sure about longevity? I've heard straightline are good- but which pedal to go for? DMR vaults are great but too wide imo which takes away from their thinness in terms of ground-pedal interface.