I like your style caspermike!
Just curious, does anyone else feel like gloves are a safety issue? Gloves didn't work for me, they were to cumbersome and I found myself taking them on and off too much for doing rescues (rope work), climbing, packing a throw bag ect...
I remember my buddy telling me a story of the last time he wore gloves; He was getting stuffed into the undercut at the base of big kahuna on canyon creek and couldn't get traction on the rock to pull himself out until he took his gloves off.
P.S. for you rafters out there: I have put pogies on a raft paddle a few times and it worked great!