Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?
That is never the reason I go w/out gloves or a veil. I don't see any thrill in doing so. Little to any danger either. There is more danger in driving to the apiaries, imo.
I go w/out gloves when I can because I like the tactile feel and the grip, knowing I have what I am holding well in hand. I feel as though I can hold onto what I am holding better. And, if I ever wish to pick up a queen w/out gloves I can and w/ them I can't.
I go w/out a veil when I can for reasons of comfort and being able to see what I want to w/out that screen in front of my eyes.
Standing 16 or 18 feet up on top of a semi load of beehives spreading the net, spreader boards and straps is thrilling. Standing on the ground beside a beehive, w/out veil or gloves, is not.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau, Mark B