WHY in the **** do I need gathering on a DD armor piece; "i meen rly... come on"
In FFXI there was tons of equipment that was "the best" for certain things. There was also tons that was situational and well-rounded. My guess is, its supposed to be a well-rounded peice. Some DD stats mixed with some DoL stats for convinience so you won't have to buy multiple gear sets if you choose too.
But did anybody ever wear the well rounded stuff in FFXI? **** no, in FFXI you could even swap gear during combat so the specialization was taken even further and people actually had separate gear for regular attacks, TP attacks and certain abilities.
Hybrid gear where all of the stats can never benefit a single function is quite obsolete when you can simply switch gear.