I always wear gloves when working in the yard, performing mechanical maintenance, cutting wood, and just about anything where I could potential damage my paws. I've had guys tell me it's not "manly" and to just suck it up, but your hands are VERY important and a nice rip to the palm, or nasty blister from splitting wood can reduce your effectiveness when working. I use all kinds of cheap work gloves, jersey, leather, canvas. I'd like to get some nice Mechanix gloves because I'm a sucker for marketing. I also keep a pair in my car kit and BOB.