How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Beekeeping Gloves

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Choosing the right pair of beekeeping gloves can seem a little daunting for beginning beekeepers. We’ve written the following guide to help explain the different glove designs and material choices so you can find the beekeeping gloves that suit you best.
Humble Bee 110 Goat Leather Beekeeping Gloves
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Extended Sleeves

These gloves provide extra protection with heavy-duty canvas sleeves that extend beyond your elbows. The sleeves are tough enough to block even the most aggressive honey bee stingers, yet lithe enough to remain comfortable during extended working sessions. Our Humble Bee 110 goat leather beekeeping gloves, with extended sleeves, are a popular choice with beginners and pros alike.
Humble Bee 112 Goat Leather Beekeeping Gloves with Ventilated Cuffs
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Humble Bee 112 Goat Leather Beekeeping Gloves with Ventilated Cuffs

Ventilated Cuffs

These gloves keep you cool and comfortable with medium-weight, mid-length canvas sleeves that are more breathable than standard extended sleeve gloves. Plus they feature ventilated cuffs that let in plenty of air - while keeping bees out! - so your hands and arms don’t get overheated. Our Humble Bee 112 goat leather beekeeping gloves, with ventilated cuffs, are a great choice for beekeepers in hotter climates.
Humble Bee 113 Cow Leather Beekeeping Gloves with Reinforced Cuffs
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Reinforced Cuffs

These gloves feature medium-weight, mid-length canvas sleeves, plus reinforced cuffs that offer superior protection around your wrists and lower forearm. Try as they might, bees simply can’t pierce the robust cuffs with their stingers! Our Humble Bee 113 cow leather beekeeping gloves, with reinforced cuffs, are the ideal choice for beekeepers working with especially aggressive or easily irritated bees.
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Ventilated & Reinforced Cuffs

These gloves combine the best of both worlds - ventilation to keep you cool and comfortable, plus reinforcements to keep you safe from bee stings. Beekeepers around the world have showered these gloves with superlatives like “the best gloves you can buy,” “unmatched comfort,” and “basically perfect.” Our Humble Bee 115 cow leather beekeeping gloves, with ventilated and reinforced cuffs, are a great multi-purpose choice for all beehives and weather conditions.
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Goat or Cow Leather?

Beekeeping gloves generally come in 2 material choices - goat or cow leather. Goat leather is the more supple option and provides the best precision and tactile sensation. Cow leather is the more durable option and provides the best level of protection against bee stings. Humble Bee offers most of our beekeeping glove designs in both leathers, such as our Humble Bee 110 extended sleeve gloves in goat leather and our Humble Bee 111 extended sleeve gloves in cow leather.

Size Matters!

Finding gloves that fit you like, well, a glove, makes a big difference in how comfortable you feel when 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 gloves that fits you best.

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