The Hiplok Original: Superbright provides an innovative way to take your lock with you when on the go and wins our Top Pick for Commuters Award. The unique design allows a cyclist to wrap the chain around his/her waist, adjust it to fit, and comfortably carry the theft deterrence on their person. The nylon sheath that protects your bike frame and components from the heavy chain (the lock weighs over four pounds) has a strip of reflective material to make you visible on the road, too. This wearable design makes it easier to transport the weight than most U-locks, which weigh down backpacks. The lock itself is easy to use with a curved key that inserts into and opens the locking mechanism like butter. Its inherent flexibility also makes it more versatile for locking up to oddly-shaped structures. This model is a user-friendly, mid to high-level security lock with a cyclist-first approach to design and function.
Among the field of competition, the excellent performance of the Hiplok Original wasn't enough to come out on top overall. Where this model offers superb portability, the Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock is more secure and preferred in areas of high crime. And if you are looking for the beefiest of beefy chains, the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Disc Lock also provides top-notch security and versatility, but you can't carry it around like the Hiplok.