Probably no instrument on a kit is more important than the snare. If you're jazz player, change that to 'ride cymbal.'
The pads on my Yamaha DTX Multi-12 are about the best option I've tried. However, being a small pad (or pair of pads if setup) on part of a rectangular module isn't a good form factor. They also don't feel like a snare. They feel good to play and their range isn't limited to sticks, but when you're technique is refined and geared for the real thing, the pads aren't it.
Mesh heads with triggers are ok for toms if detailed work isn't required. Same with the kick.
So I went into GC a few days ago and sat down at a Yamaha DTX 952 kit, and the XP120 snare pad was part of it.
The difference it made couldn't be ignored. All the other choices are compromised toys. Here we had an Electronic Snare (won't call it a drum, lol) that responded to everything I did. The rim zone produced a rim shot without triggering the pad unless I intentionally hit both at the same time. Cross sticks actually worked, too. I admit the $700 Roland picks up absolutely everything, but for the money, this Yamaha captures 90% of what I'd play and costs about half as much. And it'll work with my module, no question.
I admit, I'm justifying to ease the punch to my wallet, but damn, there's no way around it. The controller knob can do all kinds of cool stuff, too.