While waiting for the lady friend to finish trying on bicycle shorts at the LBS last night I wandered around until coming across the glove rack. They had a variety of padded and non-padded gloves and I spent about 15 minutes trying them on to kill some time. The padded gloves seem like they could take out some of the shock absorbed through the handle bars. Is it common to wear gloves while touring, padded or non-padded for that reason? Or, what would be the reason(s)/benefit(s) to getting a pair of gloves? A short search didn't turn up much for discussion on this throughout the touring forum, and I've been kicking these questions around in my head for a while.