I am in no position to disagree with stuart about the neoprene gloves, however all I can say is that they have suited ME for MY NEEDS (short trips up to a couple of hours). These needs are different from those of a professional ribbster. This of course proves the point that there is no perfect solution for everybody all of the time. You have to experiment and find out what is best for you in your own situation. RibNet is just perfect for this kind of discussion, lots of different people, many of them very experienced and some (me) not very experienced all able to contribute their own ideas from all over the world.
Yes, the internet is a fantastic thing.
So, now another idea. Whilst we were away my aforementioned daughter forgot to take her own diving gloves.
The solution was a pair of household rubber washing up gloves (you know what I mean gentlemen, Marigold type), which we managed to get in stylish black. These went over a pair of ordinary woolen gloves. Karen reports that they kept her hands WARM & DRY. This was a cheap and simple solution. Also being black they actualy looked quite professional!