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« on: January 24, 2011, 10:59:42 AM »

I have been giving Suzie, owner of Golden Bee Products input on designing a jacket. I will be picking mine up in a few hours. One of the biggest changes will be with the veil, IMO a much needed change, one that allows for much more visibility.

I don't own an Ultra Breeze jacket so I can't compare the two jackets personally but have the full suit of each company and both are nice.

So there you go, hope this helps.


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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 12:21:48 PM »

Better visibility would be GREAT!  Can you give us a link or post a photo?
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 12:56:20 PM »

What, you didn't get one for each of your forum friends?  We could have offered a great field testing service.....LOL
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 10:38:10 PM »

My suit is the guinea pig of suits and she is tweaking it to suit my tastes just a little bit more, just some minor changes really.

Suzie will have a finished jacket soon for me to do a you tube with.

I am very excited about this jacket.

Video coming soon!


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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011, 08:03:54 AM »

What, you didn't get one for each of your forum friends?  We could have offered a great field testing service.....LOL

 Its got to be tough to be JP, with all the test equipment he gets from folks grin then has too force himself to use it. If thats not bad enough!!:shock:
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 Hang in there JP swarms are coming grin
 
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2011, 11:02:21 PM »

Is there a pocket in the new jacket for your little red umbrella?   I am thinking that is a must!
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2011, 06:27:25 AM »

My suit is the guinea pig of suits and she is tweaking it to suit my tastes just a little bit more, just some minor changes really.

Suzie will have a finished jacket soon for me to do a you tube with.

I am very excited about this jacket.

Video coming soon!


...JP



So letting it out around the middle is now called tweaking? Are you sure you want to hold to it just being minor changes? Wink

Sorry, I just had to go there. LOL
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2011, 09:33:04 AM »

let us know.  as much as i like my jacket for comfort and stuff, the visibility is an issue. hanging over a hive is no big deal, but odd angles are where i run into problems.

don't know if you are old enough to have thought of this....but some kind of drop down reading glass visor thingy would be cool!   grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2011, 07:13:31 PM »

I'm interested as well. I was leaning towards the ultra breeze but will hold off until I see this one.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2011, 07:50:51 PM »

Price and quality.   That is what matters.  Hopefully we will hear about both.
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2011, 10:49:51 PM »

I to was looking at Ultra Breeze but guess I'll wait till I see this one.
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2011, 04:37:49 AM »

Since I do alot of cut outs I think JP is the right subject for teating this jacket. Durability is my main criteria as a cut out jacket will get far more wear and tear than a jacket used only for inspecting hives. A couple items on a jacket that I would like to see. If it has a chest pocket(s) I like to have a flap to keep out debris when working overhead, it needs to be large enough to be functional as well, think pack of cigarettes (yes, I have that nasty habit) a notepad or camera/PDA cellphone), and should also have a pen/pencil slot. If it is going to have lower pockets as well more flaps please and of a large enough size to serve more than a place to frustrate you. This is my main complaint with the mann lake economy I currently use. Lower pockets are not a requirement though as they can hang up going up and down ladders if they are loose or flopping around. Just if they are there make them functional. Flaps would also serve to keep things in the pocket as well, especially when bending over. Another area of concern is the elastic at the wrist since I prefer to work bare handed. Stretched and loose sleeves at the wrist are a no no as I am quite sure you can imagine. Maybe a velcro closure or cuff? This is also a wear point when reaching into cavities so pay attention here. Maybe a short section of canvas? The waist elastic is of a lesser concern but the length needs to be long enough to not ride up on a 6'2" frame like mine (folks are growing taller these days). Ideally it should rest somewhere around the top of the hip even when reaching up overhead. No preference but I've often wondered if a band of elastic (3") like is seen on many cool weather jackets might be better than the usual half inch elastic.
The zippers of course need to be of the best quality with the pulls easily worked by a gloved hand.
There's my input for what it's worth.
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2011, 12:11:13 PM »

I spoke with Suzie an hour ago and told her you guys are anxious to see a video on the new jacket and that she needs to get it made soon!

A few things I can share now: David, you don't have to worry about the jacket riding up on your belly, it will sit below your waist and when bending over, you don't have to be concerned with bees flying in at your lower back, which is just awesome!

The veil will stay put and you can see very well through it, did I say it stays put!

I will still be able to wear a baseball cap under it and by far the best feature is it stays put no matter what you do, hand stands, doesn't matter!  grin

Pockets will be deep and rugged, and there will be a place to put your hive tool!

More to come!


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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2011, 06:34:43 AM »

I'd love to figure out a way to blow my nose while I have the veil on. There's something about bending over into a box full of pollen that makes my nose run like crazy.

I want a jacket this season, too, JP, and the JP model sounds great (I like the "guinea-pig version" in your video). But my bet is that Suzie's not set up to produce too many of these at a time, right?

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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2011, 10:01:10 PM »

I spoke with Suzie this evening and will try to stop by and pick the jacket up tomorrow when/if  Emil and I are able to take a break from tomorrow's cut out.

I will ask her about output Liz. If you like it and want to order one, I'll put in a good word for ya!  Wink


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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2011, 09:09:30 PM »

Liz, I was with Suzie today and pulled up this post on her computer. She told me she has at least four people right now making her suits and jackets with the capability of pulling even more people in, so according to her, you should be more than able to get you one this season.

Hold on just a lil longer folks, the video is coming. I should be picking up the final product some time tomorrow.


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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2011, 07:06:18 PM »

Thanks, JP...that's good news. Let me know when to place an order, okay?

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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2011, 01:22:23 AM »

Ok folks, I've been trying to put together the video and here it is! Schawee placed his order yesterday. Liz, you can place your order whenever you're ready.

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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2011, 07:13:32 AM »

I'm ready, JP. I'll get in touch with Suzie (or whoever answers the phone!) today.

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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2011, 09:08:48 AM »

Ordered mine today!
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« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2011, 01:49:31 PM »

I just gotta come up with some extra dough this week now.......... grin
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« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2011, 09:19:34 AM »

I got in touch with Suzie who is making my jacket right this minute. Smiley

Thanks, JP.
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« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2011, 02:14:10 PM »

You're welcome Liz!


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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2011, 09:19:51 AM »

Jacket arrived yesterday. I have put it on, (you know like when you were a kid and you just got a new pair of shoes) in the house. Weather permitting will work the girls out on it today.  This thing is awesome. After sweating through the Texas summer last year with a regular Dadant jacket, I will be lovin this this thing come April when we are starting summer.
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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2011, 11:09:05 AM »

Mike, Suzie said yours was going out 4-5 days ago, been waiting to see your response. How do you like the hive tool pocket? And is the hive tool pocket orange or white?

It is Mike, correct?


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« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2011, 07:56:20 PM »

Yes Sir. Mike it is. The hive tool pocket is white. It is just right. With the hive tool in there, the bent end sticks out just enough to grab easily but not too much that it would get hung on something.  I also really like the fact that a cap still fits under the veil.  Also, great visibility from side to side. Unlike the Dadant hood that make you turn your shoulders as well as your head. Did I mention that this thing is awesome.  Showed it to my buddy that is getting back into bees after a twelve year hiatus and he is gonna get one too.  Called Suzie this morning and told her how much I liked it.  For those of you that are wondering it it is worth the money.  My unsolicited opinion is absolutely.
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2011, 04:29:50 PM »

I've been on vacation in Florida, and when I arrived home today not only are my bees bringing in pollen to beat the band, but my new Golden Bee Jacket was waiting for me. My other bee suit doesn't fit me very well because I'm kinda short, but this one fits me like a glove. When I spoke with Suzie, she asked a few simple questions and she immediately knew which size I should order. It feels good...I love it. Seriously...it's awesome. My hive-tool pocket is orange (as are all the velcro closures. I don't know how Suzie knew that orange is my favorite color.)

Very happy with it. Thanks, JP, for encouraging this one!  Smiley

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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2011, 10:19:41 PM »

Glad you like your suit Liz!


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« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2011, 09:21:31 AM »

  I went to the site, and nothing about jacket. I wanted to at least price it before I bothered them about ordering. Can you give me a price?
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« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2011, 09:49:08 AM »

  I went to the site, and nothing about jacket. I wanted to at least price it before I bothered them about ordering. Can you give me a price?

The jacket is still a fairly new item and they will be adding it to the web site soon. Suzie Lemoine's number is 504-456-8805.

The price has been $169.00 but she has mentioned that she might start charging for shipping which would increase the total price.


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« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2011, 06:41:48 PM »

Looks like a great product, but $169 for a jacket plus shipping breaks the bank.  I realize
gloves come with it, but that's only $10 to $15.
When it gets down to about $80 I'm in.
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« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2011, 09:59:17 PM »

Just got a jacket myself. Suzie had it to me two weeks after we spoke on the phone. Very pleased with the quality, and it's so nice not to be on the verge of heat exhaustion while working around hives.

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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2011, 07:20:56 PM »

I ordered mine last week after I saw JP's vidio "My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f "

Because of the size needed, mine will be made and delivered in 3 weeks. Really looking forward to this new jacket. The only thing I forgot to ask Suzie about is the cleaning of the jacket (not that I have a white jacket now)  -Mike
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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2011, 11:00:54 PM »

I ordered mine last week after I saw JP's vidio "My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f "

Because of the size needed, mine will be made and delivered in 3 weeks. Really looking forward to this new jacket. The only thing I forgot to ask Suzie about is the cleaning of the jacket (not that I have a white jacket now)  -Mike


She will tell you about a product called "Greased Lighting" which I use also. You hang the suit up outside and spray it down with this stuff, hose it off after 30 minutes or so then you can place it in the wash or just hang dry it.

I get mine from the dollar store.


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« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2011, 12:16:55 PM »

Thanks JP, I will look for the "Greased Lighting", although I am not sure what my wife will say about me in a clean jacket.  lau lau  -Mike
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