HR41 to be specific. This Lagi armor isn't cutting it. So, I am thinking I want to make a + armor to hold me over until I can kill high ranking Lagi's to overforge. Right now the regular stuff is capped at about 30 defense, and it's not doing much to protect me against these tougher foes. I'm thinking Rathian armor.
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LR Lagi is fantastic armour. You're HR 41, so you have access to HR lagi quests. I would suggest doing those to get the HR parts you need to overforge. The only "useless" skill in LR lagi is Olympic Swimmer, which will actually be useful for farming lagi.
Option 2, which won't increase your Defense at all but is comprised of useful armour pieces, is keeping your Lagi head and chest pieces and putting Helios in the other 3 slots. Then 4 Handicraft jewels and you have S+1 and Earplugs without using talisman or weapon slots.