I've had both. What I've found works best for me, is heated grips/ grip heaters, and once it gets too cold for that, i put a set of mitts over the bars/handguards. I use the "tusk atv mitts" on my DR and my FZ6, they're only $20. This allows me to use a regular glove. Winter and heated gloves are thicker and bulkier, so you lose some feel of the controls. For shorter rides commuting to work and whatnot, it's kinda a pain plugging in the heated gloves. With my setup, it's just hop on and go. In addition, once you install the heated grips, they're always there - so for spring/fall days when it's cool in he morning and evening, but warm during the day, you only need to bring one pair of gloves.