I can't argue against the Ares piece... but the Surcoat's latent Cover effect should be its selling point regardless if you're a 35piece or a few imperial wootz ingots short of completion.
At the very least... You can always store the entire set
Edited, Feb 17th 2009 1:25pm by amdgsrt
I won't get the rest of the set either because the effects are too small to even waste inv space on them. The boots would be ok in the rare occasions I blood tank, but I rarely blood tank. My paladin is more the backup "this just popped so we need a fast good tank" tank. Legs I already have hydra, IR, wlegs, mlegs, and homam. There is no situation where I'd ever use legs. Hands? Not worth carrying for an extra 10 damage to bash. Head? Wooowwww, 15 more seconds on rampart.
Body is the only piece that I could ever use, since the latent cover effect is so utterly useless (I can't imagine a single situation I'd ever use it....I've never even ever had to Cover anyone, ever). Co-Tanks either survive or are 1-shot. Theres no room or time to cover. And I can't imagine ever attempting to Cover someone at a Fafhogg, tiamat, or any other thing I'd ever see myself tanking.
The pieces do have uses, but my inventory can't handle carrying them for the incredibly small series of uses while I collect them, and then take them out.