I tried a couple of times to switch to Emacs w/ Evil because I, too, think Emacs + Vim is probably the best editor. Think is I always had issues finding the alternatives the few plugins I use in Vim. And in the end, I ended going back to Vim :)
Vim is super nice for simplicity, but I am afraid of spending too much time in config files! That has always kept me away from using it exclusively.
I did lose my self at first. But the thing to do is start fresh and see what's missing in your workflow. 99% of the time, there is something out there. It will grow with time but you don't need much at all to be productive.
I might give Spacemacs a try one day. Who knows.
I was put off by how you needed a separate plugin for evil mode in dired
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