Unfortunately, there is such a thing as a “fake” chamois. These fake chamois’ are occasionally found on the market and are represented as genuine chamois’, but do not meet the legal definition of “chamois” (see “What is a Natural Leather Chamois” section for the legal or technical definition). They are either made from the wrong materials or tanned with the wrong chemicals. A fake is relatively easy to identify based on color, smell and texture. A fake chamois will usually have a greenish tint, will not smell slightly fishy and will not be soft and stretchy, but will feel stiffer and will not stretch when pulled.
There are three simple characteristics of the genuine chamois that you can look for at the time of purchase: