How do I Tell if a North Face Suit Is Original or Not?

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How do I Tell if a North Face Suit Is Original or Not?
Is your The North Face snow suit original? (skiing image by PinkShot from

The North Face is a company that got its roots in San Francisco's North Beach in 1966, selling backpacking and climbing equipment. Today, it manufactures apparel, shoes and equipment for outdoor adventures such as skiing, biking and running. Whether you are buying a snow suit or a jacket and trousers as your running suit, there are fakes out there that can look very similar to the original. By taking a few precautions when purchasing your North Face suit and noticing its performance, you can know if yours is the real deal.

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  1. 1

    Find the North Face logo. On jackets, such as for running suits, it is found on the front near the top on either the left or right side. On snow suits and trousers, the logo is often found on the side of the leg, often at the bottom of a pocket. Look also at the tag inside. Logos should read "THE NORTH FACE," written in three rows with "The" on top. To the right of the words is the North Face symbol, which resembles a half dome, split into three sections. The logo is white, not coloured.

  2. 2

    Notice the price of a new suit compared to the company's price, as listed on its website. For example, if someone is selling new The North Face suits on an auction site at a firm price that is significantly less (such as 50 per cent) than retail price, this may be an indicator that the item is fake.

  3. 3

    Locate The North Face stores and authorised retailers on its website using your Postcode or city and state. Filter the results to ones that sell apparel. These stores sell authentic The North Face merchandise.

  4. 4

    Observe whether a purchased suit meets all expectations as listed in the product's features. It may look and feel like the original but is made from inferior materials. For example, if the apparel is waterproof, this means you shouldn't get wet (even around the seams) when the suit gets wet. If your suit does not perform as expected, it may not be an original.

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