I hate the feel of plain glass. So matte is the only way to go imo.I used to put screen protectors on and obsess about it. I understand where you two are coming from, but it feels much better without one on, and you don't put it in your pocket like your phone so its MUCH less likely to get scratched. My iPad two (which is now my wifes) still looks brand new and had nothing but a smart cover.
Gorilla glass folks...Gorilla glass! This stuff is tough and designed to be used! It doesn't scratch easy!I've been using my iPad 2 for a year with no screen protector, with a baby banging and drooling on it. Not a scratch. These things are built tough, a week without a layer of plastic over it won't do a thing. Just don't clean it with steel wool.
This isn't irrational paranoia. It's me not wanting to scratch a screen I'll be looking at for the next year. I can still use the device. It's just a thin membrane of plastic.I've heard that wrapping it in tin foil give the same effect as keeping the plastic packaging. Another advantage is that it would match your hat.