I am yet to try EG. One day the boots will be mine.
I recommend Vass becauae they are not that expensive. Telling someone to jump from 300/400 to over 1200 is silly, but to try out something at 700ish is not total crazy talk I dont think.
As far as top comfort goes for me, GG on the 71 is my most comfy fit.
Totally understand. You won't ever see me paying US prices for EG. The going rate in Europe right now is at Vass level with the USD conversion.
Overall, I prefer my Vass and the price is very reasonable. There is something about the craftsmanship that just makes them so easy to love. It's so easy to tell that every detail on them was done by hand...in a good way, which isn't always the case.