Flow Bee Suit - 3-layer Ventilated Mesh

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Flow Hive technology drastically reduces the chance of being stung during harvest, but if you drop a full brood frame during a routine inspection, you are sure to attract unwanted attention!

Even the friendliest hive can get cranky sometimes, and when they do you want to know you are wearing the best available prevention wear—our ventilated 3-layer mesh suits are just that.

Cooler than traditional suits, these three intersecting layers of mesh allow breezes in and sweat to evaporate out, whilst the ventilated mesh offers a raised layer of fabric, which sits high and away from the skin, helping to prevent bee stings. Lightweight construction allows for extended beekeeping sessions, so you can get to work like your busy bees even on the hottest days!

Featuring ankle zippers which enable you to put the suit on or remove it without taking off your boots, these roomy suits come with thick, GOTS certified organic cotton lined breast and side pockets, plus knee and elbow gaiters.

Equipped with durable, high-quality YKK zippers, a removable fencing veil, anti-bunch elastic thumb and ankle stirrups—these packages also include lightweight, ventilated gauntlet goatskin gloves and a J-style hive tool handmade from German stainless-steel—offering the ultimate comfort in sting prevention.

Tough enough for heavy commercial use, our ventilated 3-layer mesh suits are also perfect for newbees so they can feel cool, confident and comfortable while they learn.

Available in sizes XXS - 5XL, there’s a suit to suit (almost) everybody.

What bee suit size should I pick?
Bee suits are designed to be worn over normal clothing, so we suggest you select 1 size larger than you normally wear, see the full sizing chart further down this page.

Size is out of stock? Try a larger size, Mesh Beekeeper Jacket or Organic Cotton Bee Suit.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  1. Beekeeping Suit

  2. Goatskin Gloves

  3. Steel J Tool

What bee suit size should I pick?

Bee suits are designed to be worn over normal clothing, so we recommend you select 1 size larger than you normally wear.

NOTE: The sizing chart below provides measurements of the beekeeping suit fabric itself and not the body measurements. In order to properly use this chart, you need to compare the chart to your own body size measuring over the top of your clothing and include additional length for movement (to allow ankles and wrists to remain covered).  

Be sure to give yourself plenty of room to move around. Beekeeper suits are typically worn slightly baggy- you do not want these to be tight fitting.  It is the loose fitting cotton material that keeps you from getting stung by angry bees.

The most important measurement for sizing is the torso, or "nape to crotch" in the sizing chart shown below.  To properly calculate this measurement, measure your own body from the top of your shirt collar to about 15cm / 6in below the bottom of your crotch. The next measurement to consider is the "waistband circumference" which is an elastic waistband. You will want the elastic waistband to be comfortable for your individual size.

 

 

N

L

W

A

C

SIZE

nape to crotch

 

(top of shirt collar to 15cm / 6 in below bottom of crotch

nape to ankle hem

waist band circumference expandable range

(tight - stretched)

nape to cuff

chest

XXS

83cm
/
33in

160cm
/
63in

83cm
/
33in

112cm
/
44in

XS

86cm
/
34in

163cm
/
64in

86cm
/
34in

115cm
/
45in

S

89cm
/
35in

166cm
/
65in

89cm
/
35in

118cm
/
46in

M

92cm
/
36in

169cm
/
67in

92cm
/
36in

121cm
/
48in

L

95cm
/
37in

172cm
/
68in

95cm
/
37in

124cm
/
49in

XL

97cm
/
38in

176cm
/
69in

98cm
/
39in

128cm
/
50in

XXL

99cm
/
39in

179cm
/
70in

101cm
/
40in

132cm
/
52in

XXXL

101cm
/
40in

182cm
/
72in

104cm
/
41in

136cm
/
54in

4XL

104cm

41in

185cm

73in

107cm

42in

139cm

55in

5XL

107cm

42in

188cm

74in

110cm

43in

142cm

57in

Hood

Matches suit size

Gloves

Matches suit size

 

(Sizes rounded to nearest cm / inch)

Bee Suit Washing Instructions:

  • Veil: Hand wash only

  • Suit: Remove veil from suit for machine washing in cold water. All Mesh suits and hoods – do not tumble dry – we recommend to air dry in shade. No bleach.

  • Gloves: Hand wash in cold water. Hang to dry in shade. Do not tumble dry. No bleach.

Safety & Care

Beekeeping is a labour of love. As with all animal husbandry, it’s a pastime which requires knowledge, skill and dedication and which carries with it inherent risks. Sooner or later, all beekeepers get stung. Some people have severe allergies to bee stings, so please be aware of the potential hazards when considering whether beekeeping is right for you.

Check out this Flow-sponsored safety pamphlet covering common beekeeping safety risks and first aid responses.

New to beekeeping and not sure where to start?

We love welcoming new beekeepers into the Flow Family and have a swarm of resources to assist you in your beekeeping journey.

Included with the purchase of any of our Flow products is support from our knowledgeable Flow team via:

  • Beginner Beekeeping Series

    This great series is free to watch, anytime at your leisure. Whether you are a newbee or an experienced beekeeper wanting to refresh your skills, our beginner beekeeping series has handy tips and information to get started on your beekeeping journey with confidence.
     

  • Regular Q & A 'Facebook Live' events

    Weather permitting, the Flow team host weekly question & answer Facebook-live events. Jump online and have the opportunity to have your question answered.
     

  • Support from our awesome team

    Have Flow-related bee questions? We’re here to help, and operate during Australian business hours, Monday to Friday.

    • Email with our friendly support staff
    • Phone kick back and have a good old chat with Trace
    • Live chat get fast answers to your buzzing questions

     

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Official Flow answers to frequently asked questions.
     

  • Community Forum

    Ask general questions regarding beekeeping, and have them answered by the Flow community - or read through different topics to find your answer!
     

Purchase one of our Flow systems, and become part of the Flow community.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

  • My mentor asked me to help with his 1st Flow Hive harvest.
    He has been a bee keeper for 38 years and was very skeptical about the Flow Hive's. After seeing my Flow Hive working so well, he decided to purchase one as well.
    To say the least, he is very happy with how it does not bother the bee's  and such little cleanup involved since you don't need to use conventional extraction methods.
    So if he can convert to Flow Hives, anyone can.

    Steven D.

    Vermont, USA

  • We've taken 33 pounds of honey in two harvests in the first three weeks of the season from just four Flow frames here in Northern California.

    It's been a wet year, so the flora is rich. It takes bees a long time to engage virgin Flow frames. But once they do, they're bringing it in!

    Our Northern California honey is light, golden, and slightly citrusy. They're getting it from blackberries, lavender, and other local plants. We're expecting more than 180 pounds our three Flow Light hives this year.

    B Kruse

    California, USA

  • Apis mellifera capensis + flow = Success

    I got just over 4 litres/ 6 kg of honey from two frames!

    Deon
    Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa

  • I had seem some speculation that the Flow Hive might not work in colder areas.
    I am a beekeeper from Alaska, and I can tell you it works GREAT!
    Here are the results of our first collection. This was not an ideal year due to so much rain in the region (Kenai Peninsula).
    I took 20 minutes to drain a frame and this is the result of emptying 2 of the frames ~ 1 gallon of honey ready to go!
    It was a cool day….in the mid 60s (Fahrenheit)….but of course the honey was coming warm from the hive (~90degrees)

    This is just the COOLEST invention.

    Thank you!!!

    Kathleen

    Alaska