As the game currently stands, you use lvl 1 gear until 10, then 10 gear til 20 so on and so forth. Gear needs to be wearable when you find it. Gear lvl needs to be brought more in line with the progression as well. to be required to keep the same gear for 10 levels seems kind of silly. Yes, I can craft small upgrades, or find it in the world, but overall it's the same gear with a few stats.