Gear still scales nicely. at 18 I'm gettign 3/4 str and 3/3 dex from the Hauby, and it offers 2 more def than my Canvas Tunic. I also havent had to repair it yet, and I've had it since 15. Where are you getting your information from and why are you passing it off as fact?
That's something I would like to know as well. I use the ash macuahuirl and bronze scutum each over rank 25. I am rank 11 glad. They hit harder than my lvl weapon and block more than my lvl shields. And yes I have tested this. Also I repair them no more than I do my lvl weapons and shields. So where are the facts about repair coming from. It sure is not working put that way for me.
You have not tested it enough obviously. I did extensive testing from ranks 13 - 22 on the Willow Wand.
I tested both rank 11 elm cane vs rank 22 willow wand.
At rank 13, the willow wand was 12 points worse in each stat(damage & accuracy). There was also a hidden accuracy debuff that I am theorizing because I noticed a much higher miss rate. I tested this with the weathered cane level 1 which had worse accuracy than the rank 11 elm cane, but I hit more with the weathered cane than i did with willow wand at level 13.
At level 14, the willow wand did not increase, but at level 15 it gained +3 points in damage and accuracy, and continued to do so until level 18. At level 18, rank 11 elm cane and rank 22 willow wand were equal, but I still experienced a diminished accuracy AS WELL AS a higher rate of durability loss. At level 19, the willow wand had higher stats, but lower accuracy still, at 20, I noticed that the accuracy was normal and at 22 I hit the full stats.
I did not bother to do any testing on the impact of armor, but from what i've heard from LS mates, is that the decrease in stats is more negligible than that of weapons .