Skip to Content

Do Bape Hoodies Run Small? (Don’t Skip This)

Sharing is caring!

It depends; when you go for the usual size, the Bape hoodies will be acceptable on sleeves but run smaller in body length. On the other hand, if you size up, the hoodie will fit perfectly but run baggier around the tummy area.

Men can still manage the sizing because the hoodies don’t run that tight, but women’s hoodies run smaller and much tighter, so keep that in mind before purchasing the Bathing Ape (Bape) hoodies.

Bape is an expensive streetwear brand so let’s discuss this topic in more detail.

I will say my opinion, so please do not fight if it is not valid for you.

Read Also: Do Champion Hoodies Run Big or Small? (With Table)

How to know what size you are in bape?

The first thing you can do is take measurements of your arms, chest, shoulders, hip, and waist. Then refer to the size chart mentioned in the article.

Let’s talk further…

See, no matter if all streetwear brands’ size chart is still the same, the fit shifts inconsistently.

So in broad terms…

If you usually wear L size in other urban wear like Rocawear, then the exact sizing in Bape will feel somewhat petite but still in most cases it will be pretty standard.

Read Also: How Do Supreme Hoodies Fit? (Clear Answer)

If I give an example of inconsistent Bape hoodie sizing, I’d say if you buy the same size Bape in Japan and compare it to the US sizing, you’ll most likely feel the same way you did: “It runs small.”

If you have the green shark camo of 2015 and the new black Bape hoodie, you can see the difference in the body length where the black camo runs longer in body length and loose in sleeves, but the sleeve lengths are pretty much the same.

Let’s see some suggestions for downsizing or upsizing the Bape hoodies.

If you generally wear an S-size hoodie that is not from Bape, you should go for the M size with Bape. Yes, the bagginess may add up in the midsection depending upon the jacket you’re purchasing.

If you’re around 5’11 and 165 pounds, then it will be okay to go for L to get an excellent fit.

However, the XL with Bape tends to fit even larger than most other brands’ larger sizes.

That’s why I’ve said earlier that Bathing Ape hoodies fit perfectly (let’s say in S size) but run more petite on the body, and the flip side, they are just the right length (say in M) but also baggier around the midsection.

How big do Bape hoodies run?

As said, when we get a size up than what we are, the Bape hoodies will run big around the midsection and in the body length.

Also, you may see that the sleeves may be looser than the previous size and overall gives a more relaxed fit than the slim or athletic.

Also, the hood itself is designed so that if you wear it completely, it is guaranteed to block the side vision, which is not their fault because a hoodie is called ‘the shark hoodie’ if its hood does not shape like a shark.

A tip: As they are made of cotton, you might shrink them up to 10% if you wash and tumble dry in temperature, though the chances are you may get the unwanted place tighter, or the section you want to shrink has formed uneven shape.

Because it’s an unpredictable but efficient technique.

Recommended: How do Bape Sweatpants Fit?

Bape Hoodies Sizing Chart (US):


Measurements are in inches.



Measurements are in inches.



Do all bape hoodies have zippers?

Yes, all Bape hoodies have zippers, and they are from YKK, one of the most popular zipper brands.

But not all the Bape hoodies come with authentic YKK zippers; if they don’t, then simply the Bape hoodie you’re purchasing is fake.

I like this article, which covers Real vs. Fake Bape Shark Hoodies in-depth.

Do bape hoodies glow in the dark?

Not all the Bape hoodies, but if you try to find you can come across their glow-in-the-dark shark hoodies, which produce a certain glow in the dark.

Sharing is caring!