I've been looking at the armories of other hunters, especially Marks hunters, and I think I'm going to be eating some of my words. I do this pretty often, where I see a new piece of gear with a stat I don't like (in this case the haste on the Crusaders Dragonscale Breastplate) and denounce it. Later I think about it more, and I notice that there are some nice leather gloves from ToC10, and reconsider my stance on the crafted chest piece. I'm going to spend some time putting together more gearsets to compare tonight, but I'm thinking I could very easily be reversing my stance on the crafted mail and my insistence on 4pc T9 for hunters. It's really beginning to look like T9 pants + hat with crafted chest and leather gloves from ToC10 may be the way to go.
Also, who knew this was going to turn into a gear blog? I am a pretty serious nerd, I guess.