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Official Backer T-shirt (dark chocolate)
Official Backer T-shirt (dark chocolate)

WE OFFER INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Hello, My name is Terry Chapman.

I am a beekeeper in South East Georgia where the summers can top 115 degree heat indexes and the humidity is relentless.  In my 30+ years here I have not yet managed to adapt!  Last summer I was doing a couple hive inspections with my friend and was struggling in the heat.  I was determined to finish up before taking a sip of water because I knew that I would have to fully remove my veil and it was not worth the time involved or risk of not closing it back up properly while in the field.  I suffered a heat related illness that day.  I became sick in what seemed like minutes and was very sick for the rest of the day.  Heat exhaustion is horrible.

This incident really bothered me.  I have been a firefighter and an EMT and safety is important to me, yet, I let cumbersome protective gear get in between myself and hydration.  I decided to do something about it. 

The Guardian Bee Suit was born!

Easy Access Veil in action
Easy Access Veil in action

We are now Patent Pending and bringing beekeeping clothing into the 21st century.  Our "Easy Access Veil" is at the core of our product line.   Never again will you have to suffer through a hive inspection because of your veil.  We have added a very simple "line of sight zipper" creating an opening that can be easily with complete control at all times.  Put on or clean your glasses, wipe sweat from your eyes, quickly use an inhaler or take medication orally, and drink water when you are hot or thirsty.  Everything is easier when you have quick access to your face.

Guardian Bee Mesh velco back hat
Guardian Bee Mesh velco back hat

We did not stop there, How many jackets or suits have you thrown away because of nylon zippers that regularly fail? I personally have not seen one last a full season.  We are using top of the line metal YKK zippers on all of our products.  In addition to upgrading the zipper, we added some changes to create a better experience.  Our 3 mesh (ventilated) suits and jackets have an added buffer of protection between the zipper and the mesh to keep the outer layer away from zipper snags.  We call this "Zee space."  We also got tired of zipping with our left hand so our jackets will have the American standard of right handed zippers. Taking things to a whole new level, our suits will have an exciting new triple zipper system that gives you the same unfettered access to your torso as our veil does to your face.  After suiting up you can use the two bottom zippers to create and opening anywhere you like, allowing you to grab the keys or cell phone that is still in you shirt or pants pocket.

open your veil or suit anytime, without having to remove your veil
open your veil or suit anytime, without having to remove your veil

You got it, there is more.  We are putting zippers all the way up to your hips so that this suit will be super easy to put on or take off.  There is a Velcro tab at the ankle to reinforce the heavy duty elastic.  You will have no shortage of pockets with the Guardian Bee Suit or Jacket.  We have upper and lower pockets, we even have pockets on your sleeves and pants legs for hive tools!

Ice Grey Official Backer Tee
Ice Grey Official Backer Tee

Our motivation for this kickstarter campaign is about the customer and the company.  We are so passionate about the advancements that we have made that we feel it is important that it become available to beekeepers everywhere.  Crowd funding is the fastest way for us to connect with beekeepers and hopefully help make their passion safer and more enjoyable.  Secondly, without this type of opportunity it would require a massive amount of investment to order all of the inventory required, do marketing campaigns, and possibly sit on large quantities of inventory till next season.  We are not a big corporation...  We are just a father and a son that love beekeeping and enjoy the camaraderie of other beeks.  We want to share what we have made with you and we want to do so with a high standard of quality and customer service without selling the heart of the business out to the big corporate players.

Laser etched Guardian Bee SS Tumbler
Laser etched Guardian Bee SS Tumbler

We hope to use the funds raised from a successful campaign to purchase more suits and jackets for inventory to help us roll into an ecommerce site.  Part of the money raised will help with the website, some post kickstarter maketing, and also research and development for future innovative products.  We currently have 3 new products in the pipeline and a successful kickstarter will get them in your hands faster.

Our Zee Space and High Quality zippers
Our Zee Space and High Quality zippers

 

Risks and challenges

We've received estimates from our manufacturers that our production quantity could begin around 500 jackets/suits the first month and quickly ramp to meet the demand our backers create. We hope to under promise and over deliver so our delivery estimates will be conservative despite these production estimates. We'll keep you updated through this journey.

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