Thanks guys, the feedback really helps. I'm getting a clearer picture on the issue. I've got to decide if I want to hassle with using my shell gloves when warmer conditions prevail, as opposed to more simply using the liners. The shell gloves are certainly better designed to stay on, but are they too much to stay on? These are new gloves, the Cam SV, and have never been put to the test. One thing is for sure, liners with holes in the fingers are as good as useless.
I became a fan of merino wool after getting my first base layer from Icebreaker. Really great stuff! After getting the long johns, the following season I got a top to go with them. I use the 260 rated material. I could not believe how much more comfortable I was, hot or cold, than compared to the synthetics. Being wool sensitive, I'm testament to how comfortable it is against my skin, too. The only problem is I smell like livestock when I start sweating heavily due to the lanolins, more like a horse than a sheep. Took me awhile to figure that out the first time, I was kind of like "Why am I smelling a horse under my nose?" as I struggle up the side of a mountain. So if you don't mind mild fragrance of horse, a quality marino base layer is the way to go. Besides, I'd rather smell more like a horse than myself. Most important is getting the material that provides more effective insulation... I hate numb fingers! I'm gathering merino is the way to go long as I can keep the liners in the gloves or in my pocket.