This seems sort of rambling and off-topic. This is relevant to hunter mechanics how, exactly?
I haven't been in beta or on the PTRs (I love surprises) but this is pretty much what I expected in terms of swapping out gear while leveling. I remember keeping some of my old raid gear bonuses until I hit 69/70 and I expect that my current gear will be the same if not better in terms of longevity. Don't get me wrong, I want to replace my gear b/c it's fun but I'm also OK if it gets me to 80 (or close).