The Most In-Depth Real Vs Fake Bape Shark/Tiger Hoodie Guide

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We’ve analysed hundreds of Bape Shark Tiger Hoodies and we’ve made the most complete fake vs real legit check guide for A Bathing Ape’s most famous streetwear piece.

In order to spot a fake Bape Shark/Tiger Hoodie, you’ll need to look out for inconsistencies on the wash tag (care tag) and the neck tag. We’ve made attached pictures for authentic vs counterfeit comparisons below, so stick with us.

Besides spotting a fake Bape Hoodie by looking at these two hoodie tags fake vs real comparisons, we’ve also attached some other details you can check out — again, all our authentication guides found in our app go as deep as possible.

Note, even though we use multiple colourways in this article — such as Bape Space Camo, Bape Camo, Pink Camo, etc. — this is an all-around guide that applies to all hoodies.

Let’s begin the fake vs real comparison guide.

Step 1: Spot a fake Bape hoodie by looking for the quality of the neck tag

We suggest starting the authentication process of the Tiger/Shark hoodie by looking either at the neck tag or the wash tag — see the next step, if for some reason this detail cannot be analysed.

Fake vs real Bape space camo hoodie neck tag

Real vs fake Bape neck tag

Don’t be afraid if the multitude of tells is confusing, we’ve attached the map below where we explain the real vs fake hoodie tags details:

  1. Remember, replica manufacturers will always compromise quality on details that are not visible (such as the neck tag). Therefore, the stitching is all the time loose/low-quality on fake neck tags
  2. The authentic neck tag’s text is very slightly bolder — the gap inside the first capital “A” or the first lowercase “a” is visibly smaller on the authentic hoodie tag
  3. Pay close attention to the definition of the ape icon. Highlighted on the fake hoodie tag is missing detail and generally, the counterfeit one will lack detail.
  4. Yet another detail that’s missing is, in this case, at the bottom of the ape icon — notice how the replica tag’s ape is a bit more “furry”, as opposed to a well-defined icon on the authentic version.
  5. The ® is too far away on the fake hoodie tag
  6. The bottom line of this ribbon is too wavy on the fake.
  7. Notice how the letter spacing between “t” and “h” is almost nonexistent on the counterfeit neck tag.
  8. Fake Bape Shark/Tiger hoodie tags will have inconsistencies in print such as this one — observe the lower left corner of the “i” dot
  9. The “1993 to 2093” text is slightly thinner on the replica tag and a bit too far from the ribbon (especially on the right end of the text box)
  10. In the fake “world gone mad” text, the highlighted “D” letter is misprinted. Also worth noting is how there’s a clearer distinction between “A” and “R” on the genuine Bape hoodie tag, yet on the counterfeit one they’re harder to tell apart
  11. Once again, stitching is lacking on the fake tag.
  12. Very important tell: the “S” that denotes the size is misaligned on this side tag. 

Not all pieces will have all these exact fake hoodie tag flaws but some of them. Pay attention to inconsistencies with the level of attention to detail described above.

Moving on, not all tags will be high-quality, like the one we compared above. Here’s an example of a lower-quality fake Bape hoodie for illustration purposes.

Fake vs real Bape green camo hoodie neck tag

Real vs fake Bape camo tag

For the sake of explaining those, we’ll quickly note:

  1. Poor stitching
  2. Less detail found on the fake Bape icon
  3. Fuzzy lines in print on the fake
  4. “1993 to 2093” text is too close to the ribbon
  5. Misaligned letter
  6. “A” and “R” practically indistinguishable
  7. “XL” font is too big.

Just to clear out any possible misinterpretations, any stitching that looks like the one pictured below is 100% a fake Bape hoodie.

Fake vs authentic Bape blue camo hoodie neck tag

Real vs fake Bape blue camo tag

One last thing to be mentioned before we move on to the next tell is the fact that on the other side of the side tag, one should find this Bape logo — pictured below.

legit check guide bape neck tag

Step 2: Try to find inconsistencies on the Bape wash tag

Moving on, we’ll need to take a close look at the wash tag. Don’t worry, nothing is too complicated here and the fake tells are very obvious, as we’ll soon see in the fake vs real comparison pictures.

We’ll start with the best fake care tag.

Real vs fake Bape wash tag

The most important thing I’d look out for is the density of the wash tag stitching, pictured with #1.

Spotting fake Bape hoodies is very easy since replica manufacturers always compromise here — no person who wears counterfeit hoodies cares about these details. We’ll attach some other pictures as well below, bear with us.

As you can notice through numbers 2, 3, 5 and 6, the font on the genuine Bape hoodie is thinner than its counterpart. You need to pay close attention, but once you see it, you can’t un-see it.

Last but not least, tell number 4 is very important. Real Bape hoodies should have this character that looks like a… bullet point, but not quite. It’s closer to a bullet point with an asterisk on top.

This is an absolute instant tell for a fake Bape hoodie care tag: an asterisk on where number 4 is highlighted.

No authentic piece from this model should come with an asterisk.

Moving on, here’s another example of the less dense stitching found on the fake Bape wash tag (or care tag).

Fake vs real Bape wash tag

Both examples are fake, with the left one being definitely less dense, and the right one showing a richer-but-not-rich-enough stitching version.

And last but not least, make sure you give the wash tags a read. In the image below, we have pointed out at a fake hoodie that has two text flaws, but please keep in mind that these two flaws were made even on the authentic 2015-2017 Bape items!

Replica Bape wash tag
  1. “it nside out” — instead of “inside out”
  2. “Slight shrikage” — instead of “slight shrinkage”

If you have a Bape item which was released in other years than 2015-2016-2017 and it has these typing flaws, it is most likely for it to be fake, but if it was released in 2015-16-17, it may be authentic even with these flaws.

It’s also worth noting how the spacing between letters is suspect. Enjoy yourself a nice quick evening read just to make sure you stay safe when buying a Bape hoodie from a reseller.

Step 3: Analyze the Bape WGM text patch

The “WGM” patch stands for World Gone Mad, one of Bape’s famous slogans. Here, we’ve got quite a few examples of fakes, ranging from high quality to low quality versions.

Let’s start with an equal pink camo real vs pink camo fake Bape hoodie comparison.

Real vs fake Bape WGM text

Please note that this is a high-quality replica. What you will always want to keep an eye out for is the quality of the way these letters were manufactured.

Highlighted on the fake W and on the counterfeit G are two spots that betray the lower-quality machines used in the fake factories — no authentic Bape should come with those uneven details.

Last but not least, the “M” letter is visibly bolder on the fakes. We’re looking at a well-made replica which fixes other flaws we’ll see below but comes with a new flaw of its own: a bolder “M”.

Legit check guide Bape WGM text

The fake here is more obvious than the previous legit check comparison: misaligned letters, poorly-cut shapes and imprecise materials are easily giving away this fake.

I will assume there’s no need to explain the fake vs real comparison in this case, so we’ll move on to a higher quality replica. If you feel like we need to expand on this, drop a comment and we’ll do our best to cover it.

Bape WGM text original vs fake

One last thing you need to keep an eye on is the way the letters outline is cut. Notice on the fake “G” how an extra bump is present in the highlighted area.

Leaving that letter aside, also highlighted is the space between the W pillars. That space is sometimes too narrow on the fake Bape hoodies, though it’s a minor aspect.

99.99% of the time these letters will have extra bumps, loose threads or any other inconsistency that will enable you to stop a fake Bape hoodie.

I’ll just want to attach one last picture showing another inconsistency for a replica Bape hoodie, since some of them vary wildly.

Fake WGM text Bape

Last but not least, very very few fake hoodies might come with almost proper stitching, like the one below. I’d argue even the one below is not perfect but notice please how the “G” letter is not properly aligned.

Fake check Bape WGM text

Upon closer inspection, the “G” letter is sinking, when compared to the other two.

Step 4: Test the YKK zipper’s quality

Before I get into the actual fake vs real comparison for the zipper of this hoodie, one thing to mention is that, once again, compromises are made when it comes to this detail of the clothing piece.

Bape uses YKK zippers, which are one of the (if not the) most popular types of zippers across the world.

However, YKK zippers are also replicated. As a consequence, they will jam often or simply not work as smoothly as they’re supposed to.

People who have bought the counterfeit versions have confirmed that sometimes these zippers break after a couple of uses.

If you have any other high-end designer/streetwear piece, you’ve probably seen how smooth a qualitative zipper works. Keep in mind that for face-to-face meetings or simply when your hoodie arrives, if there are still doubts.

Nonetheless, let’s get back to our Bape hoodie.

Bape fake vs real zipper guide

Two things have to be briefly mentioned here.

Number 1: the “5” on this zipper is smaller on the authentic zipper. It’s a less important tell, hence its lower position on the list, but an important one.

Fake manufacturers truly don’t care about the quality of the zipper, so small mistakes like these become go-to tells for us, when authenticating the Bape Shark/Tiger Hoodie.

Number 2: The shape of the bottom zipper is slightly different. Refer to the picture above to for a better understanding.

Step 5: Check out this Bape sleeve tag real vs fake comparison

Analysing the Bape Hoodie real vs fake sleeve tag comparison allows us to see, once again, different levels of craftsmanship. On this specific fake tag, we can point out:

  1. The lack of the ® symbol
  2. A different stitching was used

Any Bape sleeve tag that’s missing the ® symbol is automatically a fake.

Bape sleeve tag fake vs real

Let’s have a look at another version of the fake Bape sleeve tag we’ve found:

Bape sleeve tag legit check guide

The ® symbol is indeed there, but the font used is different. Pay attention to that tell and, once again, to the stitching job’s quality.

Step 6: Closely inspect the Bape shark face

When it comes to the Bape shark face fake vs real comparison, we won’t much to write about since most top-level fakes get this detail close to right.

Not perfectly right, but close enough to have us recommend you resort to the wash tag/neck tag tells so as to save time and learn how to legit check Bape hoodies faster.

Bape shark fake vs real

We can notice here the improper positioning of the Bape shark eyes — they’re too close to the zip. Besides, they are significantly smaller on the fake version, as highlighted above.

On the bottom side of the mouth, notice how the shape is different on the replica version. We’ve highlighted the curve the authentic version should have, so we’ll let you draw your own conclusions when analysing the fake Bape purple camo hoodie.

Notice as well the tongue in the bottom right corner of the fake version — it’s occupying a larger area, touching both the superior and the inferior teeth.

One last thing to add about the positioning of the shark eyes: they’re also too close to the central line (i.e. the zipper). Here’s a better illustration that should help you understand:

Bape shark real vs fake

Step 7: Verify the authenticity of the gold tag

Every Bape item comes with this thing that we call “gold tag”. What it consists of is a small tag with the Bape logo printed in a reflective, golden material.

There are multiple types of gold tags and we’ve covered an in-depth guide on how to tell the difference between an authentic and a fake gold tag.

Above is a preview of one of the steps we’ve identified in our Bape gold tag legit check guide. Notice here the stitching flaw we’ve identified above in step #2.

In order to see the gold tag guide, click here. We’ve separated the guides so as to treat them differently — all Bape hoodies come with gold tags, but gold tags are not exclusively found on Bape hoodies.

In fact, all Bape items come with this gold tag, thus we didn’t want to limit the scope of the guide to hoodies only.

Step 8: Extra details to be analysed

We’ll note here a couple of extra details that are minor but which nonetheless might help you authenticate the Shark/Tiger hoodie.

Again, they’re probably not crucial in making a decision, if you’ve listened to us and followed the previous tells — we’ll note them nonetheless as we’ve promised the most in-depth guide.

Extra tags

Bape hoodies come with some sets of extra tags. Fake Bape hoodies manage to replicate them as well, but the tint of green used is significantly different — the fake extra tag comes with an almost highlighter green tint.

Extra tags bape fake check

Packaging

Moving on, sometimes the bag in which these fake Bape hoodies come are different from what they’re supposed to look like.

We’ve attached two authentic versions of the packaging bag on the left side and a fake packaging bag on the right side so you can use your judgement when authenticating this item.

Bape bag fake vs real

And hey, here we are! The guide is officially done and will be constantly updated if better fakes will hit the market. Coming up next, we’ll address some questions that people usually have when it comes to the authenticity of Bape Shark/Tiger hoodies.

How can you tell fake Bape in 10 seconds?

If I had only 10 seconds to authenticate, I’d most definitely spot a fake Bape by looking at the WGM text patch — make sure the letters are properly aligned and without any loose threads of weirdly-cut-out outlines.

If I had to choose, though, and I had the choice of being able to look at the wash tag, I’d definitely go for that. The asterisk+bullet character is an instant giveaway.

Here’s how I’d tell fake Bape — respecting the guide above, I would:

  1. Check out the wash tag for the asterisk/bullet point character
  2. Analyse the neck tag for any loose threads or bold text
  3. Analyse the WGM patches
  4. Have a feel of the material of the hoodie
  5. Feel the zipper as well, see if it moves smoothly
  6. Check the zipper’s text on the back, compare that “5” to the picture above.

If you still feel confused, we offer an authentication service. Check the bottom of the page!

How do older Bape neck tags look like?

The neck tags we’ve attached above are the ones that Bape has started using after 2010. Below is a curated list of:

  • 2000 to 2005 Bape neck tags
  • 2005 to 2007 Bape neck tags, and
  • 2008 to 2010 Bape neck tags
Bape neck tags collection

Replicas aside, most hoodies pre-2010 are not replicated. If they are, they’re obvious fakes that you can tell out by using the other points described above.

Is Bape camo legit?

Bape camo jersey

While the Bape (A Bathing Ape) brand is very replicated, yes, authentic pieces with camo prints are constantly released.

Bape has released multiple versions of camo, such as space camo, pink camo, green camo, blue camo and many others. Most of the aforementioned colours were observed in the real vs replica comparisons above.

The best way to know whether your Bape camo is legit or not? Follow the guide above and make sure you’re buying safely.


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