It's OK to type out "because" and "without." No really, it is.
Let me preface this by mentioning that I searched for quite a while trying to find an answer or some discussion about this on the EJ boards and other sources. If I'm repeating a question that's been asked elsewhere then I am sorry and any help in finding the link would be appreciated On to the question...
I recently picked up the Star-Strider Boots off of Solarian and I gave some thought to the enchant. The first and most obvious was dexterity and I was almost certain it was the superior choice but while it was my first instinct to grab dexterity, I also considered Cat's Swiftness.
Being someone that hates to immediately dismiss something regardless of how "obvious" another choice is, I'd like to give it a shot and see where it stands in comparison to dexterity.
Now I've read a few posts pertaining to this topic but all were in regards to melee DPS, where the benefit is a little bit more clear. Being a ranged class I can't imagine it (in fact I'm almost certain) having the same impact as it would on a melee class, but again I'd hate to just dismiss it w/o making an informed decision.
I suppose what I'm looking for is anyone else that has perhaps tested this in a PvE setting (and where in progression it was used as the encounters will greatly impact whether the enchant was useful or not) and what their conclusion was. Some numbers would be great too however I realize the difficulty of putting a set value on something which is so dependant on the encounter.
I'd like to note that the reason I did not thoroughly test this enchant in a PvE setting is b/c I was hassled by the other hunters present so I had it changed shortly after the encounter (if it's worth it however I would not hesitate to revert to Cat's Swiftness). Personally I can see the benefit, but only getting to use it on one encounter didn't leave me with enough of an impression to make a final decision. Ideally I'd like to have a rotted pair for the lesser enchant as then I'd be able to swap in 12 agi for stationary fights and swiftness in for fights where I am more mobile however this could be a while.