I'm wondering what most keeps use as hand protection? Last year I used the leather palm gloves with the cloth sleeve. What a pain! Finally, blew out the thumb. The start of this year I went to using nitrite gloves like you would use doing dishes. They work great! I have a better feeling for the bees. Lately, I've been using surgical gloves or no gloves at all. Seems the fingers stick less to the propolus than gloves, but you got sticky hands.