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have you been into an armored fight exhibition?the guys wearing combat armor there (which waits quite similar to how pf has weighted heavy armors) were doing tumbles! in them.
To paraphrase you earlier and all the detractors, they have feats to spare, if you want to be tumbling in full plate, put the skill points and feats into it.
I agree that it makes more "fightery" sense, to put the skills in acrobatics, swim, ride and climb, but that doesn't solve the issue that once combat is over, the Fighter's character goes and gets the snacks for everyone, while the Bard, Wizard, and Cleric (cause no one plays rogues anyways) are doing the out of combat stuff.
The other issue is, when's the last time you needed a swim, ride or climb check past 5th level? Hell, with Mobility and spring attack, you don't even need Acrobatics, you just move attack and move again.
The Wizard casts communal fly, or spiderwalk or life bubble and all your swim, ride, and climb checks are done. Or the Paladin, casts Litany of Sloth and goes where he wants anyways.
The thing is, they're never going to nerf the wizard/wizard so that he can't cast the party's way past the simple obstacles while barely using a resource, so it makes all the "fightery skills" worthless past 5.
So that means, there's less places for a fighter to shine while swinging a sword (and compared to a barbarian, a Ranger with Instant enemy, or a CODzilla he's not really shining there anymore either). So what do we do, we find ways for him to be a part of the party outside of combat.
I play Fighters, I have a level 16 PFS fighter that's gone through eyes and done the Adventure Paths for credit. You know what my biggest complaint is? If we're not fighting, I'm barely relevant. And I didn't dump a stat, my Charisma, and INT were both 10s and are now 12s, at the expense of my STR, DEX and CON. I put ranks in Sense Motive and Intimidate. At my best, I can tell a guy's lying.