Re: which kick pedal to buy?
If you don't want to spend too much, I just got a flyer in the mail today from GC, and they have 'green tag' items. Among them are a Gibraltar pedal for 34.99 (USD), a Yamaha pedal for 49.99.
For double pedals, they're showing a DW Pacific 500 for 134.99 and Gibraltar for 149.99.
The only one of those I know anything about is the Yamaha, and I'd say it's definitely worth the money.