Because it looks cool
Pretty much this. Also, Don't know/Don't care about the downsides. Low level gear is plain ugly, and looks are an important thing to most players. You'll almost never notice the difference either way, and if people want to deal with the massively increased durability loss, that's their problem.
As the game progresses, I imagine more people will start to use level/favor appropriate gear, but for now, everyone just wants to look nice.
The fact that almost everyone is just soloing now may also play a part. Your gear is not effecting others, so why care?
I'm wearing a Black Eyepatch on my Lalafel because I can. It's lvl.33, and will wear down really freaking fast, but that's my problem and no one else's.
I'd just not worry about what others are wearing until groups become a more common means of exping.
so basically SE made all armor for meelee under 27 worthless. No point in crafting it or making it..... LOL
They probably expected us to actually wear the lower stuff, making it useful. It would make the most sense, but it's not what we did of course...
Might have been different if it all wasn't so **** ugly. Edited, Oct 10th 2010 10:32pm by Uchitoru