I like the stage 3 cams. If you want more mid and top end performance, then I say yea, skip the stage 3 and go for the VM1's or the 495. If you want more grunt on the lower end, like I did, get the stage 3.
half_crazy obviously has way more experience than at all these cams than I do, but I did quite a bit of research before I went with the stage 3's. My goal was lwer to mid range help.I also added the big bore kit, which helped some on the top end. But for my needs, I love my set-up. Other than, I kind of wish I went with the stock pistons that came with the big bore kit, instead of adding the 11:1 compression slugs. It's a PITA having to add octane boost when it gets hot out.
Another option for you, would be get some older V92 freedom cams and have your gears machined for advanced timing. There is a company that does it.
'14 Ness XC