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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by cbinstrasburg View Post
    Charley didn't you say you had a Ultrabreeze...is it the same..Carl
    I honestly can't tell the difference except the veil zipper system on the UB is easier to zip up and the UB seems to be a little lighter weight but I've worn it in and washed it several times. Both have the same material design. I'm sorry to have to say this but if you want to save $60 plus shipping, get the ML. This is just my opinion though.
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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    I honestly can't tell the difference except the veil zipper system on the UB is easier to zip up and the UB seems to be a little lighter weight but I've worn it in and washed it several times. Both have the same material design. I'm sorry to have to say this but if you want to save $60 plus shipping, get the ML. This is just my opinion though.
    thanks Charley

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    If you are going to buy foreign made and want to save money, check the www.pigeonmountaintrading.com jacket $95.00 and the full suit $145.00, and youget a choice of hoods/veils. I don't know how much the Mann Lake is. I never buy from them their prices is too high compared with what I can buy from locally and not pay shipping.

    New zippers are many times stiff, as is my P.M. jacket zippers. They will loosen up with use. They are quality brass zippers.
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    "If you tell me you've been catching swarms when my traps are starting to float on my roof top I'll really start crying."

    Charlie, Honestly, Yesterday about 6pm I had to help someone gather up a swarm that must have been 6-7 lbs. It did fit nicely into 2 mediums. Because of it being in an awkward position, I built a flexible slide out of landscaping plastic. Scooped them off the rail onto the slide and down and out a few feet into the hive.

    So, don't cry in your beer -- Fuzzy

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    How do these suits and this type of material clean up?

    How about the ultra breeze?

    Is it easy to wash the stains out?

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    >Is it easy to wash the stains out?

    I don't know of any material that propolis stains wash out easily from.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    How do these suits and this type of material clean up?

    Is it easy to wash the stains out?
    Why would you want a clean bee suit, it's sort of a badge of honor...
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    can anyone comment on any weight difference between the mesh suit vs a regular? a local person here was saying that the mesh one was heavier than a regular one and not to get it.

  10. #50
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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Sorry I meant how does it clean up compared to traditional material.

    What image do you think a dirty unkept jacket portrays and who do you think you would see
    It?

  11. #51
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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I got my PM vented jacket last week and it is definitely heavier than a normal jacket but it looks like it will provide a good air flow. Haven't had a chance to try it yet so I can't say for sure what the pitfalls or advantages are.
    Gary

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by cbinstrasburg View Post
    So guys it sounds like ML and PM are carrying the same product but not the same as Ultrabreeze... Charley didn't you say you had a Ultrabreeze...is it the same...I have also been waiting to order one from ML...I am 6'1" 260 lb by the way the sizes run what size would you suggest...thanks

    Carl
    carl..i am the about the same size as u.. what did u come up with?

  13. #53
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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    The ML jacket is almost identical to the UB. I got the XL which is a little to big for me. I'm 5' 10" 185 so an XL I think would be perfect for you guys. Great product, heavy duty and a good buy!
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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I have the PM. I like it! Zippers were stiff buy waxed them and they are fine. I got the XL. I'm 6'0 and 215. Plenty of room for me.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    carl..i am the about the same size as u.. what did u come up with?
    funny you post this...was going to order this Friday...thinking about XL

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    the girl at ml said i was a 2xl. :+) i was going to get the 3xl..

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    In answer to how does an Ultrabreeze clean up: Easily - I just follow the directions on the label, and then dry it flat. That was a good tip about putting beeswax on the zipper. I'm going to try that, the zipper is a nice large size - but very stiff. I was starting to worry about the zipper busting off the seam.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    the girl at ml said i was a 2xl. :+) i was going to get the 3xl..
    did ML say 2X instock?

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I ordered the Mann Lake vented suit in XL. I am 6' 1" and weigh 210. It is a little big around, but I think a Large would have been too small.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    In answer to how does an Ultrabreeze clean up: Easily - I just follow the directions on the label, and then dry it flat. That was a good tip about putting beeswax on the zipper. I'm going to try that, the zipper is a nice large size - but very stiff. I was starting to worry about the zipper busting off the seam.
    Thanks, I might have to get one of these high tech suits, it's getting hot here and stuff gets sweaty and stinky fast. I like stuff that cleans up easier.

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