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Fighters are what you design them to be. They have 10 feats and 11 bonus combat feats which means you can use your 10 feats for anything you want. Other classes have 10 feats to use for combat AND other stuff.
Problem is... Most feats are not nearly as good as real class features. I'd take a Rage power over a bonus combat feat any day of the week and twice on sunday!
Fighters aren't a great class, but they still accomplish what they're intended to do with some thought.
...By investing far more resources than would be necessary for any other class.
Iron WillLightning Reflexes
Improved versions of all above
Additional Traits: +1 save traits/class skill traits with +1 bonus, Fate's favored.
Fast Healing + wands of infernal healing
Fey foundling + wands of healing
Favored class bonus: +1 skill point
Ironically, none of these things can be acquired through Fighter class features... And Fighters are not particularly good or benefit any more from them than any other class. In fact, other classes would either benefit more from these options, not need them as desperately and/or have an easier time using them.
And it accentuates yet another problem with Fighters... While most other classes (save for Rogues, but they are not exactly a good class to use as a standard) can use feats to expand their repertoire, Fighters are forced to use their normal feats to (not really) compensate their weaknesses... And even then, they still aren't as effective as other martial classes...
For example... Let's take a look at Dr.Fighty McCharming here... Look how he is a darn good party face... Even though he is not Human, doesn't use any archetype and has low Cha.
Is it possible to make a versatile Fighter? Sure it is. I know that. But the amount of required investment is stupidly higher than any other class! A Barbarian or Paladin doing the same thing would have a much easier time and/or be better at it!
Taking gear into consideration just exacerbates how ineffective Fighters are compared to other classes. Fighters do not get extra WBL and are really bad at crafting/using magic items. They don't have skill points to assign to craft skills or UMD, they don't have spells to use wands without UMD, Int is a tertiary attribute at best and Cha is their most common dump stat.
If anything, they need more money than any other martial class.
And of course, if they use only their bonus feats to improve their combat prowess, then they lose any advantage they would have over other martial classes, making them even more easily obsoleted.
And yes, multiclassing can help them... But that's not really a good argument for the class is it? "Hey, this class is weak, but if you take levels in another class, your character gets better!". If anything it just goes on to show that Fighters only excel as a dip class.