During my recent Stateside visit, I happened upon what I thought was a cycle shop but turned out to be a clothing boutique--for cyclists. I mooched around for a little while, and bought these:
They have cotton string mesh backs and the palms are nicely padded. And look at the base of the palm: that's Kevlar (TM or (R) or whatever)! That's right, everybody! My palms are bulletproof! The woman who ran the shop informed me that for some reason all of the cycling gloves that arrive in her shop seem to be made in Pakistan. Discuss amongst yourselves this fact.
Across from the shop was this: