For the last 2 -3 years I have had Mintex 1144 brake pads all round. They were good value at £120 for both axles, and have better stopping power and better feel - with noticeably more bite (when new at least) than the oem pads that were in before. They were well mannered too, without squealing, snatching, rattling or anything unpleasant. They also worked well from cold. On the negative side they kicked out a lot of dust, but it was easily wash off-able.
As a road pad they were good. I was a little disappointed that the excellent initial bite when brand new didn't last all that long but overall I think they are a decent product. The dust got on my tits but I would put up with that for the improved stopping power and feel over oem.
As a track day pad however they fell short in my opinion. I found on days at Blyton that they would struggle with the admittedly very big stop in to the chicane on the back straight. I never had a long pedal, but the pedal would feel inconsistent and as if the pad material itself was compressing. The brakes were difficult to modulate, easy to lock up and didn't inspire confidence. It is true that I try to find time under braking on track so they get a hard time but my car only weighs 750 kilos - prob 830 with me and a bit of fuel on board - much less than a blown exige, for example.
So. After riding in Russ' Sport 190 with CL5+s and feeling the awesome stopping power I thought about a change when my discs needed replacing.
I had read a lot about these pads crumbling and/or coming off their back plates but a lot of people also seemed to have no trouble with them. The Dutch guy that sold them to me told me they are his best seller and the only examples of them falling apart were caused by driving in snow that contained a high degree of corrosive road salt. I wasn't entirely convinced by the salt explanation but the large number sold apparently without fault made me think the risk of crumbling was a gamble I was prepared to take. Others wouldn't be, I know, but I suppose I am naturally comfortable with a bit of risk. Another reason was that the only other option really if I wanted better stopping power were Pagids and they are a lot more expensive (getting on for another 100 quid on top of the CLs for the whole car) and I suspect not quite as powerful.
Anyway I have had the CL5+s in for about 5 weeks now. They were £192 for both axles and were fitted with new discs - plain, non-drilled oem spec Pagids at £132 for 4 from Carparts4less. On the road the feel is great, the pedal is firm and consistent with plenty of initial bite. When the tyres are cold it is a little too easy to lock the fronts up but that might have something to do with my rather old and hard 175 section Bridgestones. On the other hand they rattle like buggery, often sound very coarse and abrasive when the brakes are applied and they kick out horrendous, road wheel ruining dust. The paint on my front wheels was starting to fail - just - before the CLs went on but they are yellow, brown and black stained all over now. Knackered, basically. Nothing less than a repaint will do. Maybe with a high gloss finish, lacquer and lots of wax on your rims you could keep the dust at bay but then again maybe not. It is really nasty dust.
I wasn't really sure then if I had done the right thing until I went to Blyton yesterday. On track they were sensational. Honestly. In every way. Stopping power was awesome, there was zero fade even during 25 minute sessions on the "inner circuit" which has two huge stops per lap, they were progressive, bite and feel were tremendous, the pedal was firm and consistent throughout....I could go on and on. Truthfully, they allowed me to lap a fair bit quicker and made the car a lot easier to drive at the same time. Incredible.
So although I need to have my wheels refurbed now I am happy!
Hope this helps anyone who needs new pads to make their decision.
If the CLs do fall apart I promise to post the gory details on here!
Edited by DeanB, 09 March 2014 - 10:21 PM.