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[Merged] The Official Canada Goose Authenticity / Legit Check Thread

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[Merged] The Official Canada Goose Authenticity / Legit Check Thread

*PLEASE POST YOUR PICS IN THIS THREAD FOR LEGIT CHECK*

TIP FOR UPLOADING PICS: USE IMAGESHACK ITS EASY AND COPY AND PASTE THE ONE THAT SAYS URL

Hello RFD'ers. Due to the popularity of Canada Goose during the fall/winter season, many of you may find yourself wanting to pick up a CG jacket. Finding a legit one may be a difficult task seeing as there are so many fakes out there. Nobody wants to be a fool, yet year after year I read stories of some chump losing their hard earned dollars on a fake jacket. Hopefully this thread will help make sure that next chump isn't you.

I hope for this to be the most comprehensive and accurate guide to authentic and counterfeit facts.


GOAL

1. Identify if a jacket is legit or fake. Users may post below the pictures of the jackets. Forum members with knowledge will help out.

2. Reduce clutter in Fashion: Apparel section

3. Make aware new trends of Authenticity and security, design and detail. Also awareness of trends with fakes.


HOW TO TELL IF REAL

1. PRICE Other than store membership discounts, you will rarely see see CG go on sale in a store. It sells out every year. Maybe you found someone who bought it and needs to get rid of it.
Just like with real electronics online, a seller would list it for a reasonable price like at 80% of its retail value.

Tip: Watch out for the listing for new on sale for $250 or half price.

2. FUR The number one tell if a Canada Goose coat is real, is the fur. In the history of fake CG jackets coming out of China, they have never used COYOTE FUR. It is simply too expensive and difficult to obtain in China. It is not cost effective for a fake product. CG pride themselves on using top of the line quality materials (*details on faux fur below).



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Authentic

Take a look at the entire fur. Does each strand look different? Or is the entire fur uniform and solid in white/cream? If it looks like the pic below chances are it is a fake. Note that there are special edition authentic CG that may use one solid colour (**details on special editions below)

Fur too short? Not all animals are the same. Some grow longer fur, some grow shorter. This is not a way to decipher between authentic or not.

3. TAGS Keep yourself up to date with the latest tags. Ask the seller which year the model is, or when it was bought. Ask them if they still have the tags. CG kept the same tag design for years until 2006/7 or so, when they changed the shape. Since then, it has changed a few times, in size, design, colour, print etc.
One thing that has NOT changed, are the counterfeit tags.

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Latest tags as of 2011 Winter

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Tags of 2009/10

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Real pre 2009 tags


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Fake

Counterfeit tags use a large Canadian flag logo in red, "MADE IN CANADA" --> This is bs. 100% sure tell its fake. Notice the difference with above legit tags.

4-A. LOGO CG had an interior logo change a few years back, the same year they changed tag design. In fact, the design used to be an outline of a goose, with head and beak pointing in one direction on a black background. This logo is found on the back of the inner lining, and also on the front left hand bottom pocket. This was changed recently to a circular logo, which is the patch design found on the outside of all CG coats.

Counterfeiters have long used the old logo design on the inner liner and front pocket. Basically they have not updated the counterfeit design, yet.
On an authentic interior black logo, there is a website address that says "www.canada-goose.com". Look carefully at the address. If it says "www.canada.goose" with both words separated by a dot, then it is fake.

4-B. BADGE
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Authentic outer badge located on arm. Some coats have badge on left arm, some on right. Pay attention to detail. Authentic badges are high quality and usually do not have loose thread, unless damaged or used.

Tip: If a seller claims the jacket is brand new, yet with the old logo, it is 100% fake. If he claims it is used, bought years back, then it is possible it is authentic.
*edit* this rule may not apply to discontinued models, which could be left over from previous seasons unsold. Some official store sites may sometimes carry discontinued or unsold items with old logo.

5. ELASTIC CUFFS Older authentic models were made of cuffs and elastic on the bottom of the jacket that matched in colour to the jacket's colour. For instance, if the jacket is red, the cuffs were red too. This matching design was changed to pure black elastic in about 2005, maybe even earlier. Again, a lot of fake models will use the older design of uniform colour throughout jacket. Basically, if someone claims the item is brand new, yet has non-black cuffs, it is fake. Period.

Is it possible it is real? Yes, absolutely. If the customer bought it a long time ago, and it is in used condition, and tells you this upfront, then give him the benefit of the doubt, and move on to the other tells in this guide.

6. Chilliwack, Expedition, other?

There are a lot of fakes being sold on ebay or fake sites such as the ones found on http://www.canada-goose.com/counterfeiting . From my experience, the only few faked models out there are the:

Chilliwack - confirmed
Expedition - confirmed
Trillium - confirmed (First sighted October 2011) - MORE INFO ON PAGE 6. I GIVE SOME FURTHER DETAILS ON FAKE TRILLIUMS.
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Notice the orange tinge. Notice the fake tag that has slightly different graphic. This is the main fake that is being sold right now. Comes with fake HUGE LOGO BAG to pressure you into thinking its real must be legit.

1. Fake tag. Its smaller than the real tags by 25%. Also the graphic is slightly different from a real tag these days..
2. The fur is fake. They are using fur that is close to coyote but its not.. check the fur its like orange tinge if you notice.
3. Its not shown here, but most fakes now come with a "CG Garment Bag" 100% fake.


Snow mantra - possible

I have yet to see other fake models out there.
Reason why is because the other models do not sell as well. However, I am almost certain we will see other models faked very soon.

*Faux fur, or Rabbit fur, or other alternative furs are used in China counterfeits. However, there was an official faux fur edition Canada Goose sold exclusively at ROOTS for a short period back pre-2005. Faux fur is often uniform in colour, such as the example picture above, pure white or cream colour. It is a bit rough, not as smooth as coyote fur.

**Special Editions - There are several special or limited editions of CG coats, such as the Arctic Fox Edition that featured a pure white, uniform colour fur from Arctic Fox. The fur is soft and smooth, and only a limited production making it an expensive jacket that wont be sold for less than MSRP even if used. Other special editions include Concepts with Wolverine fur and OVO with black fur.


Hope this post helps. Feel free to PM me questions.
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Where did you obtain the information about the elastic cuffs from?
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ghostfacechilla wrote:
Sep 11th, 2011 4:10 pm
Finding a legit one may be a difficult task seeing as there are so many fakes out there.
actually, it's an easy task of finding a legitimate jacket. make your purchases from http://www.canada-goose.com/where-to-buy/

also, the 2011 line has a new anti-counterfeit hologram. you can read some details over at http://www.canada-goose.com/faq/ and click on 'AUTHENTIC PRODUCTS: How can I ensure that I purchased an authentic Canada Goose product?'
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dumb question I can't seem to upload some pictures up I need help to check if the jacket I'm interest to buy if it's fake or not.
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emacs wrote:
Sep 16th, 2011 2:20 pm
actually, it's an easy task of finding a legitimate jacket. make your purchases from http://www.canada-goose.com/where-to-buy/

also, the 2011 line has a new anti-counterfeit hologram. you can read some details over at http://www.canada-goose.com/faq/ and click on 'AUTHENTIC PRODUCTS: How can I ensure that I purchased an authentic Canada Goose product?'

Thanks for the info. I didnt want to include this into the OP yet because i believe they are not rolled out yet in the current models in stores. I will upate OP when they are released.

edited OP for tips on how to upload pics onto RFD.
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hollandmoon wrote:
Sep 17th, 2011 10:54 pm
LOL is this for real?

http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell ... Z314853935

Legit.
This model is called "Fusion". Discontinued two years ago. Reversable Chilliwack with double fur. Apparantly designed specifically for hunting. My opinion as since one side is white (snow conditions) and one side for wooded areas? Although it is a chilliwack, it actually feels different on the body, like its a bit lighter and more comfortable. I know this because I had one. It was pricey.
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emacs wrote:
Sep 16th, 2011 2:20 pm
actually, it's an easy task of finding a legitimate jacket. make your purchases from http://www.canada-goose.com/where-to-buy/

also, the 2011 line has a new anti-counterfeit hologram. you can read some details over at http://www.canada-goose.com/faq/ and click on 'AUTHENTIC PRODUCTS: How can I ensure that I purchased an authentic Canada Goose product?'

Any no brainer would do that... :facepalm: , the purpose of this thread is to help buyers buying USED and/or NEW Canada Goose jackets from other people selling their's for a cheaper price. If you also haven't known, Canada Goose has been out for several years now, meaning more than 90% of their products don't have that new hologram sticker. Thus, another purpose of this thread to help authenticate those without.
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EnyCe wrote:
Sep 18th, 2011 5:42 pm
...meaning more than 90% of their products don't have that new hologram sticker.
quote without proof; as expected ...

anyway, i can see several people benefiting from the information the 'ghostfacechilla' compiled. hopefully, most people will favour authorised resellers of CG jackets.
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ghostfacechilla wrote:
Sep 17th, 2011 11:15 am
Thanks for the info. I didnt want to include this into the OP yet because i believe they are not rolled out yet in the current models in stores. I will upate OP when they are released.
the revelation of the hologram was news to me as well. i suspect that, along with the information you provided, will help people with identifying legitimate CG jackets.
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emacs wrote:
Sep 20th, 2011 7:01 pm
quote without proof; as expected ...

anyway, i can see several people benefiting from the information the 'ghostfacechilla' compiled. hopefully, most people will favour authorised resellers of CG jackets.

I don't think you understand the point of my message.
emacs wrote:
Sep 20th, 2011 7:04 pm
the revelation of the hologram was news to me as well. i suspect that, along with the information you provided, will help people with identifying legitimate CG jackets.
Only for now, just because it has a sticker doesn't mean it's legit. Which is why we have to foresee certain characteristics that make the jackets truly authentic (fur, cuffs, logo etc as indicated by OP)
Kevin Spreekmeester (Vice-president of global marketing at Canada Goose) " The third part of the strategy is focused on better protecting our product by putting things like holograms into the seams. It's not that counterfeiters can't copy them but it's a catch-up game. The holograms are expensive and complicated to produce and hopefully by the time they've figured that out we will have moved on to something more sophisticated. "
Source: http://www.financialpost.com/executive/ ... story.html
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hollandmoon wrote:
Sep 15th, 2011 9:16 pm
Where did you obtain the information about the elastic cuffs from?

Can I get a reply on this? I've never seen any with non-black cuffs except for fakes.
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hollandmoon wrote:
Sep 20th, 2011 11:34 pm
Can I get a reply on this? I've never seen any with non-black cuffs except for fakes.

I met someone wearing it many years ago before goose exploded. In my opinion, before any fakes were made. Im trying to find pictures online of gooses from before but there are none. Maybe someone else can add to this discussion but the thread is new.
Hollandmoon, there is a lot of info I've added to help in your decision. I would say forget purchasing the one you linked. We've given some opinions but you will always feel that jacket is fake if you bought it. Just get a newer model there are many out there.
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EnyCe wrote:
Sep 20th, 2011 11:03 pm
Only for now, just because it has a sticker doesn't mean it's legit.
i never said that nor was the comment directed at you.
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