The ArmorTex feels like a Kevlar type material. When I purchased these gloves, some descriptions I saw said "ArmorTex Kevlar." I purchased these gloves for lobstering in the Florida Keys. I have only used them on a couple lobster dives so far, but those dives have included a good amount of grabbing ledges, holes, and rocks while working lobsters. I have noticed some of the AmorTex material has scraped off on a couple of the fingertips, but it does not look like the material is in danger of tearing. With several other warm water gloves with the Amara palm material that I have owned in the past, I have put holes in the fingertips after just one or two dives. These gloves seem a bit more durable.
My only problem with these gloves so far is that some of the seam stitching on both gloves split on my first dive. I was able to repair (sew) the gloves and they seem fine now. I may have to make additional seam repairs in the future, but I think the ArmorTex will hold up okay for bug hunting.
If you typically dive with an inexpensive warm water glove with the Amara type palm material, I think you may find these gloves more durable than the Amara gloves for handling rocks. Hopefully this information is helpful to you, and if you do decide to purchase these gloves, I hope you are satisfied with them.
Thanks, the rocks are barnacle filled volcanic rocks in Galapagos, where we have to hang on for dear life. I hear they shred regular gloves after 1 dive and there are many.
Sounds like a great dive trip! Akona makes an all AmorTex glove that has good reviews. One of the reviewers mentioned that those gloves provided great protection against barnacles.