EDIT: I misunderstood your post. :P feel free to pm me a character name and we can faceroll against some endgame mobs together. Maybe we can even pug a storymode raid!
Lol, I know sarcasm doesn't do well in text format, but was gonna say....
But to your OP, I don't know if it is just ignorance of the game or not. But possible that they don't know about the Tionese gear - I didn't until a guildie asked me why I was still wearing Foundry and Reaper drops (with updated mods of course, so I wasn't that
No one ever gave me a hard time about my gear at all in the few HMs I did before I got that info, but then again I wasn't doing anything dumb or dying a lot either