personally i used LR Jagi until i made hi rank rathlos. the only down side is you need fucium ore for it and it is best found in volcano areas 8 9 and 10. if you can get someone to post harvest tour volcano hi rank, then you can get this set which i used till g rank.
"Sene sovya caba'donde ain dovienya." "Luck is a horse to ride like any other."
I personally like barroth. It's not that hard to gem into guard +2 and the attack up (m) and def up (s) is nice. Plus it's really easy to gem out the hunger, and barroth himself is stupidly easy so he's great for farming in HR while you still have LR gear
"History Is Much Like An Endless Waltz. The Three Beats Of War, Peace And Revolution Continue On Forever." - Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
I used plesi because it gives you tranquilizer (better cap rewards) and either partbreaker or weakness exploit. it doesnt have a waist piece so only 4 pieces to make. By the time u start needing a def boost, you will be going after ivory lagi armor most likely... Start with the waist.