I did not know there is a difference in "grip" on different brake pads? Someone (who shall remain anonymous) hooked me up with new brake pads, I was getting down to the end of my front brake pads, so this person swapped them all out, told me the news ones have more grip. Previously, I had the cheap ones from MEC.
The ones I have now are red, I can't ever remember seeing red brake pads before...I would take a photo but it's pouring rain out, sorry.
eta: crappy photo: