I never said the pads were crap, they work quite well but they just dont last. I'm sure if I changed my riding technique to never use the rear brake I'm sure I could make them last 10,000 miles. Like I said, I trail brake with the rear heavily because it has no adverse effects on handling. I typically just use the front for stopping.
The EBC pads are better and will last longer, I think somewhere between 8-10,000. I will be putting them on this summer since it will be time for a new set.