Re: Recommendations for a suit for regular cutouts?
I always wore double-fronted Carhartt pants (for the lean-on-ladder stings and general durability) and a Golden Breeze jacket. Heat management is a big deal with our brutal sun here; I would worry about bibs for range of motion and for heat. I worry about heat stroke a lot more than a few stings... for the jobs the jacket pulls up I had a small bungee-style elastic that went from front hem between the legs to back hem. With the heavy pants it never was, er, uncomfortable. For jobs where you end up reaching in to tight spots yes you'll snag the material with a ventilated suit on nails etc; for those I sucked it up and used a canvas bee jacket and hat/veil. If temperature is an issue and you can't use the ventilated suit there are vests made for EMTs/firefighters etc. that keep your core cool. They're not cheap but doing a cutout 18' up on a wall that's reading 153F in the sun you start to think about it . Did you say you go through three pair of gloves?! I still have in rotation the first pair of gauntleted gloves I started doing cutouts with.
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