Originally Posted by Sean
The only thing I'm not sure about is if the stat boosts still apply after that specific passive gear is knocked off. If they do not apply when gear-less, unlike the default stat boosts, then they are definitely second-choice compared to the main stats.
Unless we were simultaneously attacked by Cursed Skull, Boxing Trophy, Nuke, etc., I don't think the situation where we would lose the passive gear would occur often. Most of the time, we're sapped from our hp, making defense somewhat unnecessary at that point.'