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  1. #1
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    Default African Bee suit

    I have looked though all the major suppliers and have not found what I am looking for.

    My mentor have a VERY well made suit that is geared to working with africanized hives. Its has lots of padding and materials to keep from getting stung. I believe he bought it from Better bee but I dont see it on their website.

    I dont want to say cost is an issue for a full suit. I think he paid around 175 or so for it.

    I have a dadant inspector jacket that has worked well but I am going to collect swarms this year and will need to make sure I have as much protection as possible.

    Let me know your thoughts on the matter. I am open to ideas. I dont mind spending the money just would like to get what I pay for.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Here is a heavy duty one from Mann Lake.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/ProductDe...77&idCategory=

    or you could order one of these.

    http://www.medievalware.com/King-s-Armour-p/2136cs.htm
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    The suit was probably purchased from Glory Bee, and was called the Brazilian Bee Suit. Unfortunately they don't sell that product any more. The suit was expensive, but well made and yes, it was the most protective suit that I have ever seen. It was made from a nylon type material with a attached veil. There was good ventilation, and it was extremely comfortable, but was a bit undercut.

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Grrrr

    Not what I want to hear. I guess if that is the case i need comperable alternatives.

    I would like to keep in the same price range (or lower if possible) for the same quality?

    Help please.

    Bapos

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Why do you need a suit for "africanized" bees. Have you encountered them in Cleburne, TX?
    "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"...well that horse ain't got nothing on a bee.

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    We had the state inspector come out and inspect some hives we have in Burleson. During that time he discussed an incident that happened in cleburne where an older man who was attacked by his own bees. He was an exprienced bee keeper. They sent the bees to Texas A & M for identification. They came back as a Hybridized bee.

    This is becoming all too common here in the south. So my line of thinking is get ready. They are not going away so you will need to learn how to deal with them. Can you ever bee....(no pun intended) too safe?

    I have worked with a few nasty temperment hives that it would have been a bonus not to get stung.


    Bapos

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    I believe that you are looking for either the Ultrabreeze ( advertisement at the top of this page ) or the "golden" bee suit from somewhere in Louisiana. Search this forum for contact info on the "golden" bee suit. Both are expensive and virtually stingproof.

    Fuzzy

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Fuzzy

    Do you have one of these suits. I read through a lot of the threads here to get some opinions. I have seen a lot of good things but rarely will people say somethings flat out suck and are over prices..... etc.

    I can deal with the heat. Thats not an issue but if it cools as described... its an added bonus.

    If people could give me the good and bad of this suit (ones who own one) would be greatly appreciated.


    Bapos

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    the Mann lake suit SUCKS it don't take long to get sting when u start to sweet,sorry Mann lake but that's how it is

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Quote Originally Posted by bapos View Post
    I have looked though all the major suppliers and have not found what I am looking for.
    Robin Mountain (from S Africa) use to sell suits/veils and the main suppliers use to carry them. I don't know if they are around anymore. I have one of their veils.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Bapos,

    Yes, I do own one of the Ultrabreeze full body suits.
    I am highly allergic to bee stings so I wanted to obtain the highest protection available. I have had it for about a year now and have not been stung while wearing it.
    It is very expensive ( you can check current prices at their website ). However, it is also hand made from some unusual materials and multiple layers, so it is difficult to produce. The quality seems to be excellent, the workmanship is quite good. There is occasionally some difficulty communicating with the business owner.
    As for the cooling, as long as there is any small breeze the suit is very cool. It is also heavier than most peoples outer clothing but you get used to it.

    And finally, the question that you did not ask -- would you buy another one. My answer would be definitely yes.

    Regards -- Fuzzy

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    2nd vote for the ultrabreeze. Very well made and mostly sting proof. My first choice for hot hives.

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Last year I had to kill the queen on a particularly hot hive had over 100 stingers on each glove, i made sure to put my full standard suit on instead of my inspectors jacket, they only made it through about 5 times, I dont think they could of been more aggressive then they were, I have extra thick leather gloves that was were they concentrated there attack, just some FYI
    Bob

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    I talked to bill today and he was very informative. I also placed an order for a full suit so we will see how that works out.

    I will let the masses know here. I try to be objective when I can about reviews.


    Thanks for the input all.


    Bapos

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    how did u find bill i need one to down here in brownwood tx the bees a mad too

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    funny alphas i went the medievalware site i think it what we need but how do u keep the bees out of the eye holes

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    I like my altrabreeze, here's the website
    http://www.honeymoonapiaries.com/
    Dan

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Brushy mountain makes one that is spot on. even tested on a AHB yard in LA. thats The state next to Mississippi.

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    Default Re: African Bee suit

    Find someone who sews, and tell them what you want. I'm thinking quilted batting and LOTS of velcro would be a nice defense.
    I couldn't find a catalog item that combined all the features I wanted, so got a pattern ( a Halloween costume, for a bear, amusingly enough) and modified it to my heart's content., incorporating a puchased zippered veil.
    Especially if you are outside the 'normal' size range of one-sized-fits-all, homemade is great! PO'd bees who wanted to sting me didn't think so, but you can't please everyone.

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