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Fake Alpinestar/Dainese gear being sold

Discussion in 'Riding Gear and Bike Accessories/Parts' started by SPJ, Sep 23, 2015.

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  1. Makes it easy to spot....
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  2. Very interesting. Still hard to see this on some online sales sites though, they could even use genuine product pics and still sell fakes.

    For me its always - if it seems to good to be true it probably is...!
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  3. agreed !
  4. We did a write up a few months back after seeing more and more of this garbage coming in for repairs. Fake gloves, jackets and suits.....

    Buyer beware!
    July 26, 2015 by OZMC Leathers Pty Ltd

    There seems to be a growing number of counterfeit leathers for sale on social media, as well as Gumtree and Ebay. Certainly, people in Australia have been purchasing bargain Dainese and Alpinestars apparel, only to find out that on close inspection, the item is a fake.

    Most of these are made in Sialkot, Pakistan, a city known for it's factory complexes that specialise in leather goods of all kinds. When they first appeared around ten years ago, fake branded leathers were obvious to most people who pay attention to the the market, but these days, some of them require a closer look. Many have convincing logos, labels and packaging.

    Invariably, leather can be of a lower grade than those used in genuine items. Protectors too are often uncertified, stitching used to be terrible, although it is getting better. We can't usually pull seams apart with our bare hands these days.

    Have a look at some, and see if you can spot the fakes (answers below):


    Dainese suit. Easy tells are the non-genuine knee sliders and shoulder inserts.

    The structure of the knees appears to be quite different to a genuine item although there's no reason to prevent it being copied.

    If we were inspecting a suit like this, after looking at the obvious parts, we'd be examining both the lining and the way it's secured, the removable protectors, the zippers and the leather itself. As mentioned previously, cheap leather tends to feel stiff and dry to the touch.

    If you're buying over the internet from a questionable source, it would be a good idea to ask for some high resolution pictures. Compare these to pictures of the genuine item which should be easy to track down.

    If you can't find an identical item being sold online from genuine dealers, that should definitely set a few alarm bells ringing.

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  5. Just about just bought a pair of gloves from this dude. Lucky I searched here first.
  6. It is easy to find out who are genuine product sellers. Get in touch with a distributor or make sure the seller is a genuine dealer for the product. It may worth to do the little searching around.
    Lot of scammers out there. While Gumtree is free, it lacks the customer protection bit as "ebay" does for instance. If you buy through a retailer, you are protected by Australian Consumer law and if a business sells counterfeit items, they can be in some serious trouble.
    Again, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is (unless it is a special offer or something)
    Ask your local dealer/reseller for a deal. If you cannot haggle on a price, simply call up on the next one. Chances are, that retailer will give you a discount - after all sale is a sale, you just might need to be persistent....

    add fake Spyke leather products to the list as well:
  7. With the GP Pro, a lot of the times they use real A* hardware (knuckles and other hard parts) with cheap leather. Only way to tell is really in person, but if you look into the gauntlet of the glove, it won't have the yellow Kevlar lining.
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  9. It's really up to the distributors to take him on. Anyone injured while wearing his products could probably take him to the cleaners as well.
  10. Still happening, now also has Rizoma stuff, so given it appears to be the same seller then Occam's razor suggests this too is imitation gear at low price.
  11. Very low that someone would be knowingly selling knockoff safety gear and claiming it is genuine.
    Someone needs to throw him jail.
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  12. Could just as easily throw some of the name brand importers in the same jail as penance for their overly self indulgent "Australian" pricing.....but hey, I digress.....poor quality safety related items from any source are never a good thing
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  13. He's selling heaps of fake stuff
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