How to Spot Fake Canada Goose Parkas: 7 Easy Things to Check

If you’ve ventured outside in any area with a winter climate, you might have noticed those unavoidable red arm patches. Canada Goose has quickly become one of the top providers of extreme weather-wear, and for good reason. This brand originally designed parkas for scientists based in Antarctica, which means these parkas are the real deal. But, if you’re not spending your winters in the arctic, no worries. Canada Goose offers a complete line of products, ranging from streamlined for streetwear to rugged for more heavy duty uses.

The brand’s success has unfortunately made it a target of counterfeiters. To protect yourself from a potential scam, make sure you buy from an authorized retailer like Nordstrom or Amazon.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Jimmy Fallon, and Emma Stone wearing Canada Goose jacketsSacha Baron Cohen, Jimmy Fallon, and Emma Stone wearing Canada Goose jackets

These are the top online retailers of Canada Goose products.

1. Backcountry

2. Nordstrom

3. Moosejaw

4. Saks Fifth Avenue

5. Amazon

While not all unauthorized retailers sell counterfeit items, it is good practice to always be careful. If you’re wondering if Canada Goose jackets ever go on sale, the answer is simply no. Just like Louis Vuitton, the brand prides itself on never having gone on sale.

Follow our simple 7-step guideline below to help you determine the authenticity of your parka.

1. Check the packaging.

Canada Goose parkas and accessories get shipped in a hard white box that bear the brand’s logo in the middle. The jacket inside should be folded neatly and preserved in a clear plastic.

2. Check the arctic disc or patch.

The arctic disc or patch is one of the key features of a Canada Goose coat. The patch, which shows the brand’s trademark logo, should have clean embroidery and the correct font. The maple leaves and brand name should be the same size and be evenly spaced. Knockoffs will usually have poorly replicated patches, with uneven embroidery and inaccurate colors.

Well-embroidered patch on an authentic coatWell-embroidered patch on an authentic coat

Uneven embroidery on fake parkaUneven embroidery on fake parka

3. Check the stitching and seams.

A telltale sign of counterfeit goods is a bad stitching job. Genuine coats will always display even stitching that’s usually done by machine.

4. Check the hologram.

Another important feature of the Canada Goose parka is the hologram, which counterfeiters will find hard to replicate. The hologram security tag is a feature that was implemented in 2011 to help fight counterfeiting. You will find it in every Canada Goose jacket and accessory that was made after 2011.

Hologram security tag on authentic parkaHologram security tag on authentic parka

No hologram and messy tag on fake productNo hologram and messy tag on fake product

5. Check the zipper and other hardware.

Canada Goose uses only YKK zippers on its outerwear. Aside from the YKK zipper brand, inspect the quality of the zipper and other hardware. Replicated goods will typically have defective hardware because of the cheap materials used.

6. Check the fur quality.

The fur ruff — though controversial — is an important detail to most Canada Goose jackets. Real Canada Goose parkas use high-quality coyote fur along the hood, while replicas from unknown manufacturers will use cheaper alternatives like raccoon fur, which is a lot rougher and scragglier than coyote fur.

Full and soft coyote ruff on authentic parkaFull and soft coyote ruff on authentic parka

Less voluminous raccoon fur on fake parkaLess voluminous raccoon fur on fake parka

7. Verify the styles and retailer.

One of the best and most effective ways of avoiding counterfeit products is by arming yourself with the right knowledge. Before clicking that buy button, verify that the website you are buying from is an authorized retailer of Canada Goose. The brand’s website has a URL search tool that you can use to verify a retailer. Additionally, it will also help to familiarize yourself with the styles available on the website before ordering.

Here’s a helpful video on how to spot a fake Canada Goose parka.

Credit: Canada Goose / WENN / TNYF / C.M. Wiggins

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