Posted by: velocipedestrian
He said it was from the same factory, and the North Face guys just had someone on site doing QC while their order was made. When he left the factory kept sewing...
The fabrics seemed legit, but the seams were a bit shit.
Haha that's the classic fake sellers story. My Dad was suckered into buying me a jacket by them with the same story.
Living in a warm and very dry part of the world it still served its purpose for a year until I took it on a fishing trip up north of the state. The first sign of rain and whatever they had sprayed on it washed away. Our battery packed it in so that was a nice wet 4 hours drifting until the other tender found us. At least it wasn't cold.
The moment I got home, I went and bought a proper warm weather breathable jacket. The moral of the story is, cheap chinese stuff only if it isn't critical.
I hope the op doesn't need the cassette soon. Multiple things I ordered off aliexpress end of April still haven't arrived.