The Humble Bee 430 Ventilated Beekeeping Suit with Round Veil comes from a reputable supplier of beekeeping protective wear. Humble Bee has a wide range of beekeeping supplies to encourage beekeeping. Its products are made of quality material and built to provide beekeepers with safety. Humble Bee has a 2-year warranty on all their products. They are proud to sell products only tested in the Achmed and Michael apiaries, the founders of Humble Bee.
About the Humble Bee 430 Ventilated Beekeeping Suit
The Humble Bee 430 Ventilated Beekeeping Suit comes in while. Getting in and out of the suit is quite easy. The heavy duty metal zippers last long and seal you in nicely. The zip at the front runs a long way down to open up the suit wide when taking it off or putting it on. The veil too attaches to the suit round the shoulders by means of a zip. Two smaller zippers on the inner ankle areas of the suit allow your foot to go through the ankle easily. They then seal up the area well to keep bees out. Zip heads on the beekeeping suit have nice thumb hooks on them for easy operation with gloves on.
A signature blend of cotton and synthetic fiber is found on most Humble Bee protective wear. It features on the Humble Bee 430 Beekeeping Suit in a 50% cotton and 50% synthetic fiber mix. The cloth is woven in an interlocking pattern to make sure no bee stings can reach you. The cloth is very friendly to bees since it does not injure them. The legs of the bees also do not get tangled in the fibers of the cloth.
Ventilation for beekeeping protective suits is very important. You do not want to heat up in a beekeeping suit. The Humble Bee 430 Beekeeping Suit has ventilation panels on the chest, shoulders and in the back. These give you ample ventilation to work in the suit even in hot weather.
Safety for your face is top notch. The veil is attached to the suit using a zip round the back, onto the shoulders and down your upper chest. It covers the area well while not being cumbersome or weighty. The round veil sits firmly onto your head. It is built in a sunhat design to give you great space between the mesh and your head. The mesh on the veil goes round the back of your head. It allows for ventilation within the veil – your face remains cool while you have it on. Due to good clearance by the mesh, you can easily wear your prescription eyeglasses to a beehive visit. Long hair too finds adequate space in the veil.
Pros and Cons
- You will need fewer breaks in your work in the beekeeping suit. With the ventilation found on this suit, you are able to work for long periods in comfort.
- The suit looks good on both genders. It also works well with amateurs and pro beekeepers.
- This protective suit is a great piece of beekeeping equipment to purchase early on in your beekeeping journey. It is durable and gives excellent protection from bees.
- The veil gives ample protection to your face and excellent visibility out of the mesh.
- There are nice tight thumb holds to keep the sleeves of the suit in place. They work well with elastic on the waist, wrists and ankles. The suit also has step holds on the legs. They go under your step to keep the legs of the suit securely in place.
- The suit, while it protects well, does not come with gloves.
- Too few pockets.
There are two pockets on the Humble Bee 430 Ventilated Beekeeping Suit, which is less than what’s offered on some other beekeeping suits. But the suit can comfortably hold you hive tools.
The suit looks fashionable with the placement of the pockets and ventilation panels. Detailing on the suit adds to the fashionable look it gives you. Kneepads add to the comfort you experience in this Humble Bee beekeeping suit.
You need very few safety accessories once you have a Humble Bee 430 Ventilated Beekeeping Suit. Gloves and a sturdy pair of boots are all you need to get great protection from bee stings. It is entirely up to you to decide what to wear under the suit. Every day wear works well as under-clothing. The wear does not have to be heavy jeans since the material used on this suit keeps out bee stings well.
There are 8 different sizes of this beekeeping protective suit. They range from XX-Small to XXX-Large. Nearly all adult beekeepers fit within the range of sizes. The suit is a comfortable unisex suit. Humble Bee has made available a chart of the various sizes available. You are able to choose the best size that will fit you easily. Remember to consider clothing worn under the suit and its bulkiness while choosing the size.
A Final Word
The Humble Bee 430 Ventilated Beekeeping Suit is a great purchase for both amateur and professional beekeepers. It is a recommendable investment since safety from bee stings is a top priority for beekeepers. It is durable and made of strong material to last long. The suit comes with a warranty. Additionally, Humble Bee has great customer service. The suit even comes with a deluxe canvas carrying case. A Humble Bee logo on the left upper front of the suit adds to the guarantee of quality and protection you get from the this beekeeping suit.