What gear is there between Dread Guard and Arkanian? Didn't think it was as bad as SM EV in level 45 gear o.o
There is Level 55 purple gear purchasable with Basic Commendations, it has a rating of 156 (DG is 150)
When I was looking at the vendors on the PTS, it really didn't seem much of an improvement over my min-maxed Dread Guard.
So technically it would be a tier in-between, but more practically, I'd use Basic Comms to gear up companions, and wait for Arkanian for my main.