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    Default Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    I've got a question for the experienced beeks out there. What is the best protection to buy? I've been looking at the UltraBreeze but it's pricey. Full suit, or just jacket and hood? Questions, concerns, comments? I've got one hive with a bit of a bad attitude and would like to be prepared for a bad cut-out, etc. I need your experience to make a wise investment!

    Thank you in advance!
    Chris

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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    I have a suit but rarely use it. That said, I use it if I have to do to circumstances. Mostly bears. Sometimes just bad colonies. For me....and this is just me.... I'd rather spend more money on a good jacket and just have a serviceable suit. I could be two hours working through hives with a jacket and maybe gloves. I'd never do that in a suit unless I was commercial. For me, a jacket is regular equipment that I use at least half the time. A suit is a specialized piece of equipment. My view of it is reflective on my need.
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    So far I've been using a hood and gloves paired with a long sleeve, and not as loose as I'd like, shirt. I've only been hit a couple of times but these hives haven't been gone through in probably 5 years and I'd like to clean up the brood box. I'm going to be in for some time and would just feel better with that extra protection. I just hate to invest and wish I'd spent a bit more and got the upgrade!?

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    A good ventilated jacket and thick jeans (think Dicky, double knee) will serve you just fine.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    A good ventilated jacket and thick jeans (think Dicky, double knee) will serve you just fine.......
    Yep. I have a ventilated jacket and I love it. It's not a Ultrabreeze, I got it from Rossman apiaries. It was much cheaper than an Ultrabreeze. If I had it to do again, I would have got the regular veil and not the fencing veil.
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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    Ultrabreeze full suit. Never been stung in 2 years. Very comfortable in summertime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appalachianoutdoors View Post
    Ultrabreeze full suit. Never been stung in 2 years. Very comfortable in summertime.
    Probably what my choice would be if I had to get a suit that would be used all the time.
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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    The best bee suit/protection is...

    ...there isn't one.

    Beekeepers have all sorts of different preferences. Warm or cold climate. In an area with hot bees (AHB) or docile bees. Early season or late season. Hate getting stung or don't care.

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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    If I am going to wear a suit the ultra breeze is nice
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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    I checked out the ultra breeze at a convention. Nice expensive. I went with the one from mann lake. I got a normal full suit and a breeze suit for separate times of the year and what the job is going to consist of. I also sewed stirrups on the bottom of the legs to keep them covering my boots or shoes. with the round veils not fencing veils.

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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    I love my Ultrabreeze 3XL full suit. I am a big dude (6'1, 290lbs) so I don't want to melt into a puddle of sweat when it gets hot. The only thing I need with my UB suit is a sweat headband.

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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    If anyone checking this thread decides to buy an ultrabreeze suit, get it directly from their website. It's $30 cheaper than on Amazon.

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    Shorts, t shirt and ultrabreez! Only wear it when they are nasty. Never been stung through suit.

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    I use a Cheap 13$ painters suite I got from Lowes. I've only been stung once through it. Rubber gloves and a good bee hood. Works for me.

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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    If you are going to do cutouts the UltraBreeze would serve you well. I have 2 of them. I have never been stung through them. Last year 20+ hives, this year 35+ and streak is still going. They offer great protection from upset bees, mean bees and the like.
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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    I have the UltraBreeze hood-jacket combo. Love it.

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    I don't do cutouts, and I'm not in it 8+ hours a day, so I bought the cheapest suit that came in XXX. It works well for what I'm doing now. At this point, I want to spend money on expanding.
    Yes, hopefully there is a more expensive suit down the road, but when I feel I need it.
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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    another vote for ultrabreeze.

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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    Just purchased the ultrabreeze jacket/hood combo. So far, it's been nice. Previously had the pith helmet, yellow mesh combo that sucked. The fencing hood has been a bit of adjustment, but I think that it will work nicely.
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    Default Re: Bee suit poll. Best bee suit?

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    A good ventilated jacket and thick jeans (think Dicky, double knee) will serve you just fine.......
    Cartharts. thick, lots of pockets and wear like iron

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