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Offline 40 Acre Bees

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Bee Jacket - Can't find one that fits!
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:17:16 pm »
I am having a hard time finding a bee jacket that fit's me right.  I have ordered three different jackets from three different suppliers and none seem to fit.  Shipping charges are getting expensive.   Does anyone know if there is anyone that makes custom jackets, preferably in Canada, but if they ship to Canada that would be great.  I have ordered what the suppliers have told me to, even sent all measurements to the last one and still way to small.  Any ideas?  Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bee Jacket - Can't find one that fits!
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2018, 02:29:30 pm »
I have a Joyce Jones bee jacket. Had it for years.
I am obese but the size I have is plenty big enough for me.
With time the adjustable bottom hem has become a little slack. To combat upward climbing bees I use a bungee strap.
The jackets are locally made in Halifax, UK.
The seller is Philip Jones of Limetree Apiaries, Elland, Halifax, UK.  0771 554917.
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Re: Bee Jacket - Can't find one that fits!
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 02:47:22 pm »
The first Bee Suit we bought for 3Reds was huge on her. 

We didn't want to spend money on more beesuits that wouldn't fit.  So we thought we'd invest in a bee jacket.  This time, though, I called the manufacturer (Ultra Breeze), and they were very helpful.  The jacket they sent was the right size.

Of course, we still needed to get her a suit.  We went to a bee school in Brenham, Texas, knowing there would be vendors present.  Mann Lake had some Pro Vent suits, and allowed 3Reds to try them on.  It took two tries, but 3Reds now has a beesuit that fits.  It's not stylish, but it fits.

So, my advice is to call the manufacturer or go to a bee school where vendors are likely to be.  Or both.

Another suggestion might be to ask local beeks who are similar in size if you can try their suits on.

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Re: Bee Jacket - Can't find one that fits!
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 08:36:35 pm »
Always go a size larger. I am 5'10" and "around" 200 lbs. and I always get an extra large in everything, t-shirts, bee suits, etc. :-[
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Re: Bee Jacket - Can't find one that fits!
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2018, 08:23:36 pm »
I received an email from  Kelley Beekeeping today.  They show a jacket in sizes s-5x.  It happens to be on sale.
If you scroll down, the actual measurements are given for the various sizes, so that might help.

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Re: Bee Jacket - Can't find one that fits!
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 12:43:21 am »
great post and pix wm.........and btw i think 3 reds looks pretty stylish!!!

40 acre what jackets did you order that did not fit?  like perry said, maybe go a size or two larger?
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