Resists are a good option if you're lacking in that department. RalOrtThul gives you 30% to the most important 3 - fire/lightning/cold. 1.09 barb's shouldn't struggle too much for resists though as they usually have spare points to sink into Nat Res (that said, my main 1.09 mfer, a dual sword WW barb has resists around 0% on hell - only has trouble against PILE pindleskin )
I stuck 3x Pul runes in one of my 1.09 ones and put it on a Defiance merc - great boost to defense with the runes and +2 def auras
Yeah I think I will use it on my barb. He is level 77 right now and wearing a Duriel's Shell. I would like to switch to the Griswold, but the only way to do so is if I give it some resists. I guess the RalOrtThul is prolly the best way to go. Thanks again.