I'm looking at upgrading the brakes on my cross bike from avid shorty 3 because frankly I hate them. I looked at mini v's but I'd like to keep the possibility of running really fat tyres for heading off down bridal paths and things so seems cantilevers are the only option without getting a whole new frame for discs (which I might consider once my drive-chain starts to wear out).
Seemingly avid ultimates are the best out the at the moment when it comes to power, control and ease of setup. As I'm planning on swapping out this bike for a model with disc brakes at some point though I don't want to spend more than necessary and I'm wondering if I'm shelling out more than I need to for weight reductions, something that tbh I'm not at all bothered about (especially when it comes to brakes).
Are there any other brakes people would recommend that share the other aspects of the ultimates I'm interested in, with less concern for weight? I'm not overly interested in the wide profile canti-brakes, for a mix of aesthetic and clearance reasons.