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I generally use the Ecroyd veil that zips onto the suit.  But the last two seasons with extreme heat I am just finding this type of suit too hot, and perspiration around the face definitely attracts bees to the face.  There are many times in the grafting yard a full suit is required or after the crops in this area have been harvested.  But often on a flow or if checking nucs, I will wear overalls with a light coloured cap from the op shop and a homemade veil that I can pull up and down.  

 

It's all very well suiting up from top to bottom, and wearing gloves, but I often wonder how people work long hours in hot weather because if your body is totally encased there is no where for perspiration to escape, and you just get hotter and hotter, and people become dehydrated.  

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Id like a beesuit that doesn’t shrink each winter. I’ve had to go up a whole size after lockdown ! ?

Its always a long day for whoever forgot their suit.. especially if the weathers a bit questionable.. poor old Tim turned all the trucks upside down this day.. unfortunately for him his suit was 2.5 h

The absolute best... anything that can be used hours from home. Where the suits waiting for your return. A Hessian sack. 

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This is not an ad for hiveworld but wow, what great service. 
I ordered a suit last night, naturally I didn’t fill the order in correctly. I got a call from them 8.15 this morning. All sorted and new bright orange suit is on its way. 

 

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5 hours ago, Maggie James said:

Well if we go to the Barrier doing our bit as domestic tourists, and we sight a bright orange suit racing around we will all know who it is. GO ORANGE! 

You’re all welcome to come for a field trip here. 
I figured the orange will double as high vis. 

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20 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:


I wear a sheriff Jacket love it and have worn that brand ever since I started beekeeping 

Any issues with them Fraz? Zips, rips, etc? They do seem a wee bit lighter than the heavy cotton I wear.. time for a change maybe.. 

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

I love those orange suits .... we had an ex con on a few years and he wasn't so keen .  I fingered the Sherrifs at conference the other year,  I Like ..... but too mean to buy !

My sheriff suit lasted 6 years (once I replaced the zips) until the veil finally gave way. The others I only get 2-3 years. We could start a new trend... 

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My suit has started to disolve after 4 yrs .

Sheriff looks like a good design.

My current suit has a collar under the hood and its possible to zip this section up too tight and have to unzip hood to loosen it . After putting hood up cause bees are stroppy .

They are expensive but should last 10 yrs for a casual hobbyist .

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On 6/4/2020 at 5:35 PM, Maggie James said:

The most painful sting for me was in the bit of bone/cartillage whatever ( I'm not an ENT specialist) between the two nostrils.  I saw stars and momentarily blacked out.  

I have had exactly the same...incredibly painful and my hugely enlarged top lip nearly resulted in a divorce...

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Over here we use sheriff beesuit type 99,99%, lately some of your type of beesuits arrive but not accepted widely. It is thing of " changes" I believe, hard to accept new things.. Same as me I got used to.. I think mine cost around 40 nzd. Also to mention that is jacket, not suit for complete body, You can rarely see beeks with full suits here..

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On 6/5/2020 at 6:58 PM, Stoney said:

Any issues with them Fraz? Zips, rips, etc? They do seem a wee bit lighter than the heavy cotton I wear.. time for a change maybe.. 


I only wear the half suit I hate full overalls.

they are really light the veil is really nice to wear and easy to see through .

They are expensive but I wouldn’t swap them for the heavy cotton most suits are made of .

i have two different styles of Sherriff jacket, the honey rustler and the countryman. I mostly wear the countryman because it has a big front pocket that fits my hive tool whereas the honey rustler has a lot of pockets but none big enough for a hive tool.

 

if you have gnarly bees the material may be too light but on the whole they are reasonably stingproof.

 

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3 hours ago, Dennis Crowley said:

John that'll make you get through the hives faster.

Or it may act as a landing strip? 

I gave up on my top half high viz suits because every time I got in the truck there were hundreds or thousands of bees on me.

I found a place down south who makes suits similar to the Dean suits for $100, havent seen a sherriff suit in over a decade, nobody up north really uses them, maybe they're too expensive?

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12 minutes ago, yesbut said:

How far south ...who ?

I'll have to get back to you, I only have a invoice and it's at home, I cant remember the company name but they're commercial beeks.

 

I'm currently on my way home from a engineering shop, they're making my 4x4 fork lift up? only been wanting one for the past 5 years

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