How to Choose the Perfect Beekeeping Suit

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A Guide by Humble Bee GIE

Choosing the right beekeeping suit can seem a little daunting for beginning beekeepers. We’ve written the following guide to help explain the different suit designs and material choices so you can find the beekeeping suit that works for you.
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The Basics

Quality beekeeping suits, like those from Humble Bee, have 8 or more pockets - 2 velcro pockets on the chest, 2 velcro pockets on the legs, 2 double-stitched pockets near the waist, and 2 hive tool pockets on the sleeves. They also feature removable, self-support veils (so you can wash the suits!), elastic thumb and foot holds to keep the suit securely in place, brass zippers for durability, and velcro flaps to cover the zipper tabs.
Humble Bee 410 Polycotton Suit with Round Veil
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Humble Bee 410 Polycotton Suit with Round Veil

Round Veil

Round veil suits feature a classic design with a wide field of view and plenty of space between your face and the protective mesh. The highly breathable mesh provides great ventilation and keeps you cool on those hot summer days. Our Humble Bee 410 polycotton beekeeping suit, with a round brim, is a top choice for beginners and pros alike.
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Fencing Veil

Fencing veil suits feature a modern design that minimizes contact between the veil and your head and hair. This means you no longer have to choose between having great looking hair and keeping yourself safe from painful bee stings! Our Humble Bee 421 ventilated beekeeping suit, with a fencing veil, is ideal for beekeepers with long or styled hair.
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Square Veil

Square veil suits feature a compact, folding design that allows for easy storage in your beekeeping tool bag. The front mesh provides a wide field of view, while the side meshes keep cool air coming in. Our Humble Bee 332 aerated beekeeping suit, with a square veil, is a great choice for beekeepers who need to minimize storage space.
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Polycotton, Ventilated, or Aerated?

Beekeeping suits are available in several material choices. The most common options are polycotton, ventilated, and aerated. Polycotton is a 50 / 50 blend of cotton and polyester, woven in a special interlocking pattern that provides excellent protection against bee stingers. Ventilated suits feature a 3-layer design, with 100% synthetic fabric on the outside and a foam core that creates an air gap between the 2 fabric layers (the gap is slightly bigger than the length of a bee stinger). Aerated suits utilize standard polycotton fabric, but add foam panels and mesh along the chest and back for extra airflow. Humble Bee offers most of our beekeeping suits in all 3 material designs.

Size Matters!

Finding a suit that fits properly can make all the difference in how much you enjoy working with your bees. Fortunately, Humble Bee includes a handy size chart for all our beekeeping products, from gloves to jackets to suits. Simply review our sizing chart in the product images to find the beekeeping suit that fits you best.

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