I use KS Thinline cantilever pads on my winter/rain commuter. I bought the black ones first, because I got them cheap on eBay. They were great, but wore out kind of quick. I'm now on the blues since last winter and they feel about the same but have lasted a lot longer. The blues should, I think, be softer than the blacks but the blues have definitely lasted longer. It might also be that I've learned to do most of my braking with the front brake as it seems to stay cleaner. I just checked the wear and they're still doing great, about even front and back. I used to wear out the rear a lot faster.
I have '94 LX Cantis with '94 XT levers and, set up right, they modulate great in all weather. They squeal a bit when wet or when the rims get dirty, also when the toe-in wears back to zero toe, but they're always confidence-inspiring. Since that bike only sees "good chance of rain" days from Spring to Fall, I might give the Salmons or half-Salmons a try in the Spring.
Last edited by RaleighComp; 01-05-10 at 03:52 PM.