The least they could have done is giving us two or more specs.
And yes, the gear is the main issue here (costing many golds), not the 4 silver respecs that you have to go to Lions Arch for.
Even Anet admitted that changing gear is costly and that this removes flexibility and that they 'will look into it' on the Redit AMA or whatever is is called http://www.reddit.co...utm_medium=feed
It is somewhere in there I cant be bothered to read the damn thing again so you will just have to trust me.
Ofc. Anet isn't going to change a damn thing since they are sold on the gear progression treadmill.
Also, locking people into choices doesn't make that choice more meaningful, it just makes it harder to change. If you don't understand the difference ...