I have two beekeeping suits, one with an attached hood, one without. Both are supposedly exactly the same size, but one of them rides a little tight when I bend over or bend down. Very annoying. I keep that one around for guests who are shorter than me. I also have a hooded jacket that looks like this when I spread it out on my back deck at 5:30pm in April:
The jacket is my go-to suit now because the full bee suits are human-cooking machines when the sun is out.
The bee jacket can get hot too, but for me, the annoying part of it is the brim of the hat or hood part of the jacket that rides too low to my brow. Whenever I bend over or try to look closely at anything in the hive, the brim slides down or sideways or moves in some way that interferes with my vision. People who have a romantic notion of beekeeping should try walking around in a bee suit sometime. Anyway, here’s what my bee jacket looks like when I hold it up by the hood:
It looks like Pac-Man’s mouth because I sewed the back brim of the hood to the bottom of the hood like this:
It might not seem like much, but it’s a huge improvement in the design of the jacket. The front of the hood will always stay wide open and the brim will never fall in my face again. I get the widest possible view and nothing ever obstructs my vision — thanks to my magic modification of the brim. From this day forth, it shall be known as the Mud Songsâ„¢ Patented Beekeeper’s Jacket… until someone steals the idea from me.
July 2021: I don’t use wide-brimmed bee jackets or suits anymore. Most of the time I just wear a basic hat-and-veil combo, but when I want more protection, I wear a ventilated bee jacket with what some people call a fencing hood.