I'll disagree with both of them. To have anything other than leather (cowhide or even better kangaroo) is asking for hand damage. If you're going to wear gloves, the entire point is to save your hands in a crash. Given that, you want gloves that fit you, are protective, and keep your hand comfortable.
Given your climate in CA, you'll want gauntlet gloves that have a nice cooling effect. Mine, for instance, have cutouts in between the fingers so that air flows into them. Others include, recently, Coolmax or other materials internally to wick away your moisture and dissipate it through panels or openings. Your gloves should always have a wrist clasp of some kind (typically hook & loop, aka Velcro).
The better gloves have nice carbon fiber or hardened plastic on knuckles to provide even better protection during a fall. They also are pre-curved to ease the effort to grip the throttle and brake-side bar.
EDIT: One other note. One reason gloves are gauntlet-style is that many riders' jackets fit in such a way that if your arm leads your slide, the sleeve will rise up and your arm will be bared to the road. Gauntlets not only help grasp the sleeve but also provide lengthier protection for your arm. I do have a pair of shorty gloves, but its extremely rare I use them (think >100F, ~90% humidity, and then only if I've got a trip <10mi).
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Last edited by kanwisch; 11-18-2008 at 04:20 AM.