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Q:  Counterfeit jerseys don’t cost much, why should I care whether it’s real of fake?

A:   Purchasing a counterfeit jersey may support unlawful labor conditions and organized crime. In addition, counterfeit jerseys are of poor quality and not very durable. 

Q:  Where does Reebok manufacturer its NHL jerseys?

A: Reebok manufacturers all of its authentic Canadiens jerseys in Saint-Hyacinth, Quebec. Reebok’s replica jerseys are currently produced overseas in Indonesia. Both Reebok and its parent company, The adidas Group, pride themselves on being socially responsible. They only employ factories which meet strict, internationally recognized labor standards. Unfortunately, more often than not, labor regulation does not exist in the Chinese factories producing counterfeit Canadiens jerseys.

Q:  What’s the difference between an authentic and replica jersey from Reebok?

A:  Authentic jerseys are made to the same specifications, and with the same materials, as those worn by Canadiens players on the ice. Reebok’s authentic jersey features (1) stretch fabric in the collar with PLAYDRY™ moisture management technology to maximize comfort, breathability and temperature control, (2) 4Way Stretch Mesh in areas including the underarms and back to provide additional range of motion and increased ventilation, (3) Reebok’s innovative BEAD AWAY™ water repellent technology, and (4) X-trafil incorporated into high-abrasion areas such as the shoulders and elbows to provide increased durability. While Reebok’s replica jersey does not include all the same performance traits of the authentic, it is made of high-quality 2Way Stretch performance material. Reebok often refers to the replica jersey as its Premier Jersey. Although, it does not have a fight strap, the quality of Reebok’s replica jersey is far superior to that of any counterfeit jersey currently on the market. Not only will Reebok’s replica jersey last longer, but it will stand up to the rigors of competitive garage leagues and is great for recreational hockey.

Q: What is a fight strap?  

A: Also called a tie-down, it is a white strap that is sewn to the lower back of an authentic Canadiens jersey. It is made to be looped through a strap hockey pants outer shell, and fastened with a pressure button and very rigid Velcro. The fight strap is intended to prevent the jersey from being pulled over a player’s head.

A “real” fight strap is first sewn onto a piece of solid twill and then sewn onto the jersey. The thread marks are noticeable on the outside lower back of the jersey and are always centered and symmetrical. This is not the case with most fake jerseys. Standard measurements are 10 inches long and 2 inches wide. Most fake jerseys come with a fight strap to trick the consumer into thinking it’s an authentic Canadiens jersey.

Q: What is the Reebok water test?

A: All authentic Canadiens jerseys feature Reebok’s innovative BEAD AWAY™ water repellent technology. Try pouring water onto the front of the jersey. If the water falls off the jersey, it’s real. However, if the water is absorbed into the fabric, it’s fake. Canadiens replica jerseys do not feature this technology.

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