Dear Dana, "Scott Baxter wears hand jammies?" I know, it's humiliating. I feel like Pee Wee Herman caught in the act. But, after sixty-two years of wear and tear, the backs of my hands-- let's not talk about my palms--bruise and bleed at the thought of even lockers. Sorry to have turned out to be so thin-skinned.
I've always been curious as to why the climbing community has decided, arbitrarily, that sticky rubber on the latest reverse camber, slingshot rand climbing shoe is OK, but sticky rubber on your hands is cheating!!!! I'm with you, Scott, Handjammies are quicker, easier and more effective than tape, and you don't see gobs of Handjamies littering the base of climbs. I through myself at a fat crack going out a 6 foot roof a while ago and was actually bleeding under the Handjammies. I should have taped under the Handjammies!!! Or maybe I should stop clipping so many bolts and climb more cracks!??... with my Handjammies of course.
I think "hand jammies" have a bad rap on account of that lame-sounding name. Call them "crack gloves" and instantly it's much better. I agree, crack gloves and taping are the same, and people poking fun at crack gloves just haven't used them yet.