I've noticed something recently and was wondering if anyone else had, or if I was just crazy. I recently forked over the goods and gold in Lions Arch to get my Mesmer a set of Courtly Armor. The additional stat on this, for those who don't know, is that each piece gives +15 armor while casting. Sounds great for a primarily casting profession, right? Here's the catch. Mesmer primaries get the ability of fast casting, meaning less time spent between hitting the number on the keyboard and the monster (or player) feeling the effect. So, now I have skill points invested in the ability to spend less time casting, but armor that is primarily useful while I'm in the act of casting. And, since Mesmers can't come close to Elementalists in terms of amount of energy or Necromancers in terms of energy recovery, it's not like spamming hex's or enchantments is an option.
This isn't meant to be taken as a complaint, as I do realize that I can just wear other armor. But doesn't this seem just a little counter productive?