I started using yellow latex gloves (playtex) from the get go, cause I was too cheap to buy real gloves. They can get a bit sweaty on hot days, and the propolis on the frames can makes the gloves stick to the frames a bit, but overall I like them. I have used a pair for about a year and they are about ready to get retired. I have not been stung through them. I had one try last weekend, but the stinger never got through and when I tried to scrape her off, the stinger stuck in the glove but not through it. I use the thumb loops to keep the sleeves over the gloves and none have ever climbed up the sleeve either. I do like the feel, but I can't compare because I have never used beek gloves.