Re: DW pedals ... kind of crap?
I owned the 9000's for a bit. Really liked the feel and action, very smooth, and fairly light, after I changed over to the Yamaha felt beaters. Traded it eventually. Hate the design of that heel plate and hinge joint. Heel plate is way too bulky for me.
Same thing with the IC, great pedal, heel plate too bulky.
Been using the Yamaha flying dragons for years now. Always keep coming back to that pedal. Its all personal preference I guess, once you're used to something, its tough to change.