I've never liked pimphats, but more seriously it's a trade off: Using a +18 stam, +5% stun resist gem in the Dragonhide, then a +12 stam gem, you're looking at 51 stam to the stylin' purple hat's 45. Dragonhide only has 22 agi to the purple hat's 48, but it has 22 strength and 21 resilience. It also has more int which will let you powershift more. If you have your 2pc set bonus, it becomes 56 resilience, which will let you replace your clefthide with badge gear early on without losing crit immunity. Lastly, dragonhide has more armor in bear form. not much but a little.
I just think the dragonhide is better itemized for tanking, even if it's theoretical mitigation isn't as high. Whatever floats your boat tho', tanking is personal style and preference.
In summary... you'd be giving up 1.4% dodge to gain more threat and crit immunity, and a little mana. I think this is one of those places where avoidance gearing "too soon" actually hurts you, but your mileage may vary.
Good luck finding that one when you are just hitting level 70.
The +12 is the most reasonable, especially for beginning 70 people.
With the meta-gem, another expensive item; the Dragon hide has just 6 additional stam with the 5% stun resist.
The purple hat has and a +26 agility over the Dragonhide. Agi helps more than just dodge. Our armor, crit and dodge all are boosted by agi.
You are right about the dodge, but you forgot that you get +1% crit for that much agi. Also you get another 26 armor (not multiplied by dire bear )
You are correct. It is a personal preference. I prefer the +26 agi, cheaper cost and blazing style of the purple hat. If I get my hands on some very nice gems, I would defiantly switch. I would just hope to have some epics by the time I get those gems.
I would get the dragonhide, and keep it for my Cat set. It is much better when stacked for DPS than the pimp hat.
the 18 stam gem I mentioned was the meta gem, not the JC gem. I was assuming meta + 12 stam.
But again, I don't value 26 agi that much. I also found the dragonhide helm cheaper than the purple hat, but that varies drastically based on the availability of leather (I do not have skinning.)
when it comes time to go from clefthoof straight to T6 grade badge gear, you'll be losing a ~ton~ of defense rating and gaining in it's place a metric ton of agi. Those are practically at the top of Emmerald's list in their respective catagories and the resilience from the dragonhide gear makes it possible to wear them and stay crit immune.
It's blue quality PVP gear that you can buy at "honored" reputation. It's basically "pre-S1" and all it costs is gold. You can get "honored" to buy the gear through questing or instancing, so you don't have to spend a minute in a BG if you don't want to.
Which is why I listed it over the S2 gear in the first place - I hate BGs.