V8s aren’t all that grippy because of the small, thick platform. Not terrible but most quality pedals will beat them. HT Components nanos are good- available from various stockists under various names, Superstar, Readytoride, CRC branded up as Nukeproof… Nice sized platform, pretty thin, and well priced for an alu one.
Shimano MP66’s are designed for use with clipless pedals! THEY ARE CRAP with flat pedals… I’ve got a pair, excellent as a comfy, casual clipless shoe, but would be damned near useless on flatties!
V8’s ain’t the best flat pedal out there, but you’d do well to get yourself even just some cheap Vans trainers first, before upgrading the pedals… You don’t need 5/10’s despite what people tell you…
And when it comes to change the pedals, you can’t go wrong with the Superstar Nano/Kona Wah Wah/Nukeproof/Fatties Flatties (there are more guises than that too!)… They are really good, nice and grippy, nice and slim. If you want the ultimate in grip and bombproofness though, Easton’s Flatboys are what you need…
one bike fitted with MG1s, the other with easton flatboys. riding the same trails with the same shoes the flatboys are FAR grippier and more confidence inspiring. If they werent so expensive I’d get another pair (and may just ditch the MG1s and swap the eastons over).
Superstar/HT is widely regarded as a good grippy, cheap flattie but have yet to try them.
Super Star Nano Tech are a good choice if on a budget.
I have some Point One Podium pedals, they are ok but nothing special as far as function goes. I also have a pair of 24 Bicycles Butterfly II pedals which I think are far grippier as well as having a wider platform, and there is only a couple of mm difference in depth.