My take is, its what you get used to. I have a bad hand (hence the name stumpster
) and for the first 2 years had to get used to mittens and would switch to gloves as the season went on. So that being said take it for what its worth...
I went through 1 1/2 pairs of gloves a season and have had the same pair of mittens for 4 years now. I only wear the mittens for winter (Nov,Dec,Jan,Feb and Mar) then I go to the gloves for a couple months. Now I still wear mittens but since last spring switched to the IR pogies mentioned above and love them... I switched to my pogies yesterday and was OK for 2 hours on the water, my bad hand was cooled but tolerable while playing. As others stated I too like the paddle in my hand but you can get used to anything and to me I enjoy my time on the river more when I am comfortable! I would say the advice above is good, carry a pair of gloves and use the pogies then you have a back up. Either way it never hurts to have extra gear!
So basically all rambling aside gloves wear out fast, pogies rock and last, mittens are forever warm once you get used to them (wax your paddle hard though)!