Professional Protection for Beekeepers with More Than One Hive
🐝 Cotton jackets are more Sting Resistant, More Durable, and Cooler To Wear than traditional beekeeping jackets, making them ideal for beekeepers that manage multiple hives.
🛡️ As cotton fibers are lighter than polycotton, a thicker fabric can be used which makes the jacket more sting resistant by reducing the likelihood of a severe bee sting.
❄️ Cotton is also more breathable than polycotton, this helps provide better ventilation making the jacket much cooler to wear than a regular beekeeping jacket.
👔 The meshed fabric also keeps you cool and comfortable by allowing your body’s heat to escape by allowing air the flow through the jacket.
Have More Than One Hive and Hate Being Stung?
Then you can stop bees having directed access to your skin by protecting your whole body with this 100% cotton professional beekeeper jacket.
This beekeeping jacket is our foundation, purposely made to meet the needs of experienced and commercial beekeepers.
Looking after multiple hives can be a physically demanding job, with a lot of lifting heavy hive boxes, sometimes full of honey and bees. Moving from hive to next over long distances and occasionally difficult terrain.
Protective, Tough and Comfortable.
Beekeepers can easily work 12 hour days, inspecting hive after hive across multiple locations. With the main beekeeping season from spring to the fall, a lot of this outside work is done in hot weather. Long working days, knowing that you will be stung and likely multiple times.
The Best Natural Comfort and Safety
Protective clothing needed for this type of work needs to be something special, standing far above your typical Amazon, Walmart offering.
This Max Protect beekeepers jacket does just that, with the medium weight cotton fabric (240 gsm), this jacket is strong and durable, capable of standing up against harsh wear and hot temperatures.
Cotton fibers are natural hollow fibers, they are soft, cool, known as breathable fibers and absorbent ...
** Can withstand heat, so won’t catch fire or melt when in contact with your smoker **
** Can withstand detergents, and bleach, so is easily cleaned and machine washable **
** Cotton is a natural cellulosic fiber, so these jackets are recyclable and biodegradable **
I always carry a Max Protect Jacket
Being a 100% cotton jacket, it is natural, tough and comfortable, this is my preferred jacket, in fact, I always carry a Max Protect Jacket in the back of my car.
OK, enough about why we used cotton for this jacket. As mention before, a lot of beekeeping involves heavy lifting and this puts a constant strain on the jacket and its zips. To help overcome this the cut and shape of these jackets are designed to be roomy allowing you room to bend and move as needed.
So to overcome this, we used genuine YKK gunmetal zippers, which are 10 times stronger than brass or plastic throughout the jacket. From the full length of the body to securing the veil. Metal zippers are very durable withstanding heavy vertical and horizontal stretches, preventing them from failing (being the jacket opening expectantly) when excessive load is applied.
The wrists are elasticated keep the bees out. With thump loop to help you put on your gloves.
One jacket Two Veils, Round & Fencing
A single zipper is used to secure the veil to the jacket to ensure that there are no gaps for bees to enter. For me, there is nothing worse than find a bee inside your veil, that is why we have added extra Velcro seals were the zippers join.
Velcro seals along the zips at the top of the jacket's front zipper are designed to overlap so that even a very determined bee can’t crawl through the gap normally found in traditional beekeeping jacket designs.
An addition Velcro flap is placed outside front of the veil to help secure the closed zips with another Velcro seal inside the veil to make sure there are no bee size holes.
This jacket comes with two non-flammable veils. One fencing and one round, so whatever your preference you will always have your preferred choice and a spare.
Both veils are non-flammable, so unlike traditional veils that are made of nylon or cotton, these won’t readily catch fire should an accidental flame from your smoker or lighter contact it.
These veils mesh is very fine, with holes so small that even mosquitoes or tiny insects won't able to get through. Because the mesh is so fine and anti-glare, the vision through the veil in very soft and clear removing dazzling glare from the sun. The mesh design to be rigged and free-standing, ensuring the veils always stand upright and away from your face. This improved visual prominence makes it easier for you to inspect your hives and spot queen, eggs and mites.
Hand Crafted Traditional Tailoring
Each jacket is assembled by hand using traditional tailoring techniques, combined with thoughtful design and modern materials These jackets are truly unique, comfortable and very protective.
Beekeeping is very rewarding as leisure and as a career. Even though at times it can be very demanding, it shouldn’t uncomfortable or unsafe. So, please stay safe and protected by wearing a Max Protect beekeeping jacket, designed for everyday beekeepers.
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Max Protect Cotton Beekeeping jackets
THE ZEPHYROS PROTECT KEY FEATURES
Our 2nd Edition Professional Beekeepers jacket for Maximum Protection & Comfort:
The Max Protect™ Beekeeping jacket, Pure Natural Comfort and Safety.
- Made with 100% Cotton throughout to increase durability
- Cotton fibers are natural hollow fibers, they are soft, cool, and breathable
- Can withstand heat, so won’t catch fire or melt when in contact with your smoker
- Can withstand detergents, and bleach, so is easily cleaned and machine washable
- Natural cellulosic fiber, so these jackets are recyclable and biodegradable
- Thicker fabric provides better sting protection from bees and yellow jackets wasps
- Cotton keeps you cooler by allowing your body heat to escape
- Roomy jacket design allows you to work in your apiary comfortably
- Gunmetal zippers go up the length of the body, and veil for ease to get on and off
- Very secure jacket and veils openings and seals, to prevent bees for getting in
- Non-Flammable Veils to protect your face from the smoker and lighter flames
- Two Veils per jacket, 1 Round & 1 Fencing
- Firm veil mesh that stays in place and keeps the veil away from your face
- Excellent visibility through the veil with Clear View technology
- Four Front pockets with Velcro seals, for notebooks, pens, etc.
- 20% stronger and protects you when wet
- Elasticated writs seals, waist and thumb loops.
- Suits and Jackets are machine washable; the detachable hood is washable by hand
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why don’t you use a front opening zipper on your veil?
Answer. Though these can be convenient, the excessive use of zippers can also be a weakness.With an additional opening on the veil, there is the greater likely hood that these could open when attending your bees or not being fully closed when putting the jacket on, giving an opening for bees to get in.
After all the main purpose of a beekeeping jacket is to create a sealed and enclosed environment to prevent bees from having unimpeded access to your skin.
Q. How do I clean my Max Protect Protect jacket?
Answer. We recommend that you machine wash your jacket at 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). Try not to wring it too hard as this could cause the jacket to lose some of its shape.
Please remove the veil from the jacket and hand wash this separately so that you can take extra care of the veil's mesh and rim.
We do not recommend the jacket is tumble dried because if there are still wax or propolis deposits on the fabric the higher temperatures of the dryer may cause the wax to melt - leading to marks on your next load of clothes through the machine.
It is best to dry the jacket by hanging it on a strong plastic hanger and leaving it to air dry. This will help the jacket keep its shape and avoid any accidental damage.
Note: As this a cotton jacket, if washed to hot or tumble dried, the jacket could shrink about 3%.
The washing instructions can also be found in the collar label on your jacket for your convenience.
Q. Is this jacket sting proof?
Answer. Yes, for bees and yellow jacket wasps when worn correctly. The prime purpose of this jacket is to stop bee having direct access to your skin. When the zippers and Velcro are closed fully and securely, bees won’t be able to get inside and sting you.
The cotton fabric on this jacket is only a few millimeters thick, a bees’ is stinger is 3mm long and thin enough to get through all fabrics, it is very sharp.
So, if the jacket was pressed hard directly against your skin, a bee stinger could still reach you, though it is less than a polycotton jacket.
With or without a jacket, bees sting. So, your jacket will be stung at times. To make sure you stay as sting-free as possible, make sure that the jacket fits you baggy and you wear some light long sleeve and full leg underclothing underneath, with a pair of long sleeve gloves and knee-high boots.
Free Returns or Exchange
We understand that choosing the right size is the hardest part of buying clothing. That is why we offer free returns or exchanges for a full 30 days after purchase.
To help you make the right choice before you buy, please read our sizing help guide and our sizing chart. In short; for best protection, your jacket should be baggy and your gloves tight.
Not sure which color to order, don’t worry, just try your favorite color for 30 days. If you still don’t like it then return it within 30 days of purchase for a free exchange. Still in doubt then buy white.