Buy and try doesn't sound too thrifty when the items are quite expensive.
Honestly, does Zacuto provide something that lower end products don't?
Yep. Just like Really Right Stuff, Markins and Gitzo do. But sometimes you just have to BUY them and own them to find out what everyone is talking about.
As far as Zacuto goes, the only thing I think they make thats worth the money is the Z-Finder loupe and their EVF. Everything else they sell is way over price and silly looking. For all other rig stuff I swear by Redrock Micro.
Not to mention you can buy any of this stuff from plenty of places that will give you 30 days to return it. Thats what I meant by buy it and try and see yourself.