I started with leather gloves and still use them whenever I really open a hive (e.g. not for top feeding). I get stung in other places, so its not about trying to never get stung, but I am just used to them. They do keep my hands clean, but they can be clumsy at times. This year I bought some nitrile gloves, but have not used them, yet, as I am still waiting for my UltraBreeze suit and need the elastic cuffs to cover the nitrile gloves. Eventually, I might try going without, but I have to reprogram myself, first.
If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive. - Dale Carnegie