Some folks who have dexterity issues (ie, old farts like me) find them easier to handle, especially in cold weather.
Like you've said mykeal its a matter ease for us old guys. Me too. Getting to dislike
those little #11s. With fogged over glasses it takes me as many as three attempts up in the stand to get just one #11 installed on the nipple right. The two others end up on the floor all the time.
__ I should really pull my 6X6 carpet out of my stand and shake-it over a sheet of plastic. I'll bet I can retrieve at least a tin full of lost caps from it._