I'm currently using a borrowed bee jacket with a round veil, but will need to give it back to it's rightful owner as soon as one of us catches a swarm. With that in mind, I'm doing some research on best quality, features, price, etc. Having used this non-ventilated borrowed jacket last summer, I'm pretty much convinced now that I'll be wanting to get a ventilated jacket for permanent use. Wow, can a bee suit get hot in the summer sun! LOL
Ventilated bee suits I've seen appear to have three layers; two are inner and outer very thin mesh, and the middle layer is a plastic bead material that basically just keeps the other two layers separated for sting protection. Are all ventilated suits/jackets made this way? Also, what are your thoughts as to fencing veil vs round veil? The jacket I'm using now has a round veil with a built-in wide brimmed hat, but the hat is made of cloth, and the brim collapses enough to allow the veil to touch my neck and face. I wear a baseball cap to protect my face, but would like a more substantial included hat. Illustrations of people wearing suits with fencing veils show the front of the veil touching their chin and nose, so my first impression is that the round veil would be better with a better hat.
I would love to hear what thoughts you have on this, and what you've found to work best. Vendors, convince me to buy your product instead of your competitor's. Thanks all for helping a newbee with this protective gear research.