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I got my ub suit in the mail yesterday just in time to try out while stocking mating nucs in hot/humid weather. I got the xl size and it fit perfectly. It seems very well made but was heavier than I expected. When soaked with sweat my cotton suit would be much heavier though and the material in the ub suit doesn't absorb water so it's a trade off. I wore it yesterday with only boxers on and it was uncomfortable. The material is stiff and rubs at every protrusion. I'll wear shorts and t-shirt now. I don't like the hood style but I won't need that most times. It was much cooler than the old suit and any little breeze goes through the suit and really helps a whole lot. So far I like the suit and am happy.
 

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I'll add my own recent and limited experience here, echoing challenger.

In my short time as a beek I have already owned three items of protective clothing. The first two were jacket/hood combos purchased from a well-known supplier. They both suffered from problems with the zippers (cheap nylon teeth, the tabs fell apart or separated) and material quality (nylon fabric that runs, tears and frays). And, they were hotter than blazes. As they say: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. I finally realized that I will continue to keep bees for the long haul, so it was time to get a suit for the long term.

I ordered the suit on a Wednesday evening, and was notified that it had shipped the following morning (USPS Priority mail). The suit arrived on Saturday. The measurements provided on the UltraBreeze site helped me to select a size that works well for me. It is definitely heavier than what I had expected, but that weight isn't noticeable when wearing. Like challenger said, the hood is a bit different; rather than zip around the neck in a horizontal circle, it zips around the neck and slightly down the front of the suit. The quilted back of the hood is also different than the rest of the suit and this means it feels warmer than the rest of the suit. The viewing mesh of the hood is far better than what I was accustomed to, and I am once more able to study frames in detail without a problem. I thought it was my eyesight before; it wasn't (at least not yet!)

The zippers are sturdy, made of brass, and the pulls are large enough to use easily with gloved hands. Each leg has a full length zipper on the side, ankle to hip, and this makes it easy to put the suit on while wearing boots. The gathering at the end of the legs is elastic, and there are adjustable elastic+velcro gathers at the end of the sleeves. The pockets are ample, easy to use, and located just where I like pockets to be. I have full range of movement while wearing the suit (for example, I can touch my toes while wearing the suit, at least for now)

The suit is MUCH cooler than I thought it would be. I was expecting 'better' and experienced 'great.' There is a bit of a see through quality to it, so I doubt that I will be wearing it with only skivvies underneath. But, as challenger wrote, you could. There are three layers of fabric; a fabric mesh on the interior, then a rubbery webbing, all enclosed by an exterior fabric mesh as the outer layer. The center layer of webbing acts as a spacer and gives thickness to the suit to prevent stings to the skin while still allowing ventilation. I worked all of my hives yesterday, including a very aggressive, queenless hive, while wearing shorts and was not stung through the suit. It was warm outside, and the breeze dropped on occasion. At those times I did heat up. The suit isn't air-conditioned. But, a slow walk provided enough of a breeze to allow me to cool.

So, in my limited experience, this suit is far and above a better quality that what I have known. Thank you, UltraBreeze!
 

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I wear white boxers, I'm on a family farm. I also where a tight, mositure wicking tee as the material is too rough on the inside to suit me. What a great investment.
 

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>The material is stiff and rubs at every protrusion.

But all of your protrusions are cooler...

>I don't like the hood style...

I LOVE the hood style... I hate those ones that require a helmet. They are a pain to haul around and a pain to keep the helmet on if you bend over or have to work under a house doing a cutout...
 

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The zippers are sturdy, made of brass, and the pulls are large enough to use easily with gloved hands.
Yes, I like the UB suit, but its not without issues. I have two failed veils around the house now. One the screen failed at the attachment points, and the other the zipper failed. The zipper failure was surprising, but once failed its hard to use the jacket with any other type of veil due to the UB collar design. A friend has also experienced zipper failure on his UB full suit. I have a dadant suit that's 14 years old with a plastic zipper that is still working great.
 

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If you send it back to them I bet they'll fix it. Also, a complete new hood is $35. I bought one after using my original suite for many years. My original is one of the early hand made ones.
 

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Chem guy hit all the points-thanks. Some things are, of course personal preference. The material isn't what anyone would expect to be used in a bee suit but it is indeed better-just different. Takes getting accustomed to.
MB-you "love the hood"? You don't know what you're talking about. Just kidding. I forgot you had one and posted about it here. Good reason to buy one from your review. For me the hood seems like it is falling forward. My hood is made out of the same material as the rest of the suit and the back rests against the back of my head which annoys me. I'll get accustomed to it in time. I do wish there was a regular style collar so I could use another view if I decided to and I suppose I could but haven't tried. The material seems very tough. The stitching is industrial grade and the zips are great. Cuffs are a little tight for me though. I believe the material is 100% plastic of one sort of another. It looks like it would not play well with a hot smoker but neither does cotton so a little care and common sense on that point. I'm thinking it would clean very easily. Second day and it is already fairly soiled. I'm glad for this. New gear always makes me remember being new and all the dust mistakes I made one at er the other.
Not to beat a dead horse but this suit fits me like it was custom made. 6'1" with super long arms and leg and I got the XL. Delivery was two days which I was pleasantly surprised by.
 

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>For me the hood seems like it is falling forward.

As it should be so it doesn't touch your face...

> My hood is made out of the same material as the rest of the suit and the back rests against the back of my head which annoys me.

I have a cushion of hair there... but a backwards ballcap would do it...
 

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I usually wear a vail and gloves with a long sleeve shirt. But, I also have an ultra breeze jacket that I wear when I know they are going to get pissy or I am going to work quick without smoke. It is great. I still get stung in the pants though especially when I squat to work a box. I am not sure that I would want a whole suit of that material. It is breezy when the wind is blowing.
 

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They soften up with wear.
 

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I usually wear a vail and gloves with a long sleeve shirt. But, I also have an ultra breeze jacket that I wear when I know they are going to get pissy or I am going to work quick without smoke. It is great. I still get stung in the pants though especially when I squat to work a box. I am not sure that I would want a whole suit of that material. It is breezy when the wind is blowing.
Seems odd but the reason I wear a full suit, or any protection for that matter, is because of ticks. Over the past several years I've gotten hammered by ticks and, long story short, a full suit has been the answer. Only 2 so far this year. Prior to wearing a full suit and rubber boots I'd have gotten at least 2 dozen ticks biting me by this time. I've tried everything else but the deer keep bringing them in so this is where I am at. My gear was nothing more than shorts and t-shirt unless, as you mentioned, there was going to be a reason to need more and then I would wear whatever I needed.
It's not a huge hassle and I've really enjoyed not finding ticks on my several times a week.
I think the fabric will "break in" with use. This is a really well constructed suit and I agonized over the price but the made in the USA on the tag means a whole lot to me so I am happy with the purchase.
 

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Seems odd but the reason I wear a full suit, or any protection for that matter, is because of ticks.
Maybe I need to try a full suit in the summer. The ticks have been eating me up this year.
 

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Maybe I need to try a full suit in the summer. The ticks have been eating me up this year.
Be careful. My wife got RMSF from a single bite. I've developed an alergy to all red meat from too many bites. Only fish and fowl for me now. There are many more tick borne illnesses than just Lyme disease.
 

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I've developed an alergy to all red meat
I heard about this earlier this year and it sounds like no fun. I have been reluctant to spray myself with any repellents as I foresee the bees reacting to it adversely. Will this be the case?
 

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I wear white boxers, I'm on a family farm. I also where a tight, mositure wicking tee as the material is too rough on the inside to suit me. What a great investment.
I hear that...Speedo and a Nike Wicking Tee for me.....

Ultrabreeze Suit keeps me Cool, Calm and Collective
 

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We should approach them with a group buy discount. If it was a decent discount I'd opt for a jacket for winter time.
I don't know the first thing about such an endeavor???
 

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I burned a hole in mine also. Just had a seamstress patch it.....had to use just a plain white material.........
 
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