If your only intent is to gear up a level 69 human cleric, the cultural gear will not be very powerful for you. You can only put two of the three augments into that gear unless you're raiding for the components for type 12 augs and have a tinker to make AAAAs for you. The templates are definitely a good skill up path, but the end armor doesn't really make sense until you get past the type 12 3rd aug slot which is the Stalwart line of cultural gear with a required level of 81. I'm pretty sure that up until you can actually get UF or HoT armor defiant gear will give you the most power. If power isn't what you're after and you're RPing or something, then yes. You have to get the skill to see the books to make the armor with an unmodified skill of 300 to see the Stalwart and higher books.