Great for fearless fist jams. Never used athletic tape, but I bet this is quicker and less overhead, if not quite as good. Only tried it a few times but what a difference. My gloves are undersized slightly so they really tighten up when you make a fist. That may work against the hand for holding poles.
When they get wet, takes forever to dry. They have gone scrambling a few times and been happy. Nice as a wind blocker in cool dry conditions, you know how hands and ears get cold from jogging.