Seatylock Foldylock Compact Review
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|Pros||Lightweight, easy-to-use, versatile and easy to carry around||Secure, includes 5 keys, price is nice||Inexpensive, more secure than many in its price range, high quality||Lightweight, easy-to-carry, easy-to-use||Lightweight, flexible, easy to use|
|Cons||Less secure than U-locks, not quite long enough, heaviest folding lock tested||Clunky mounting hardware, heavy||Locking mechanism stuck a few times, lackluster frame mount||Minimal security, can be compromised with the right tools quickly||Too small, minimal security|
|Bottom Line||For rural and low-risk areas, this lock is portable and simple to use||This lock provides great security and versatility at an affordable price, and while not our absolute favorite, it's pretty close||This inexpensive U-lock offers versatility and security that is likely to fit the needs and budgets of many cyclists and commuters||If you're in the market for a highly portable and lightweight lock but without much security, this one has your name on it||Great for preventing the "snatch and grab" while you make a pit stop but does little to prevent a real bike thief from swiping your ride|
|Rating Categories||Seatylock Foldylock...||OnGuard Brute STD||Kryptonite Kryptolo...||ABUS Chain Lock 120...||Hiplok Z Lok|
|Ease of Transport (25%)|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|Specs||Seatylock Foldylock...||OnGuard Brute STD||Kryptonite Kryptolo...||ABUS Chain Lock 120...||Hiplok Z Lok|
|Measured weight (lbs)||2.8 lbs||3.6 lbs||3.2 lbs||0.5 lbs||0.1 lbs|
|Type of lock||Folding||U-Lock||U-Lock + cable||Chain||Reusable zip tie|
|Primary materials/thickness||5mm hardened steel bars||16.8mm hardened steel||12.7mm hardened steel; braided steel cable||4mm hardened steel||Steel core security tie|
|Locking dimension||33" circumference||7.5" x 10.5"||U-lock: 4" x 9"; Cable: 4'||43" circumference||16.5" circumference|
|# of keys included||3 keys||5 keys||2 keys||N/A||1 key|
|Tin snips||No||No||No||Yes, requires two cuts to defeat||Yes|
|Bolt cutters, 36"||No||No||No||Yes, but not very easily. Requires two cuts||Yes|
|Number of cuts to free lock||1 cut||2 cuts||2 cuts||2 cuts||1 cut|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The downsides of the FoldyLock Compact are situational: meaning if you live in a big city, attend classes on a large college campus, or your commute bike costs more than some people's cars, then this lock is probably not for you. However, this little lock did impress us: it wasn't compromised with bolt cutters even when our tester used her whole body weight to break the lock. It also defeated several drill bits — enough to make a thief think about the ROI of hanging out for several minutes with a growing pile of busted drill bits.
Honestly, this lock is pretty darn secure. It surprised us, especially as it's portable and relatively lightweight. Granted, we wouldn't lock up our lead tester's $10,000 time-trial bike with this lock and dash off to Chemistry 101 at NYU, but this lock is a pretty solid deterrent for most low to medium-security situations. It proved unbreakable in our tests when it comes to hammers, wire cutters, hacksaws, and even bolt cutters (we so loved this!). We do suspect that a more seasoned bolt-cutting thief might be able to compromise this lock, though.
This lock faltered when a bike thief employed serious tactics like a cordless angle grinder. It took our experts 11 seconds to slice through the Foldy, which isn't that much time. It also didn't throw firework-sparks like some of the heavier-duty locks, oddly enough. While the ABUS uGrip Bordo 5700 stood up to an angle grinder a bit better (still compromised, but it took longer), it was easily defeated by a cordless drill targeted at its joints. The Foldylock was exactly the opposite: it withstood the drill and hacksaw but quickly sliced the angle grinder.
Ease of Transport
This testing metric is a big selling point for the FoldyLock Compact; even though it extends to 33" when it's unfolded, it becomes a compact 7.45" long when folded up and ready to roll. So, if you're backpacking a bunch of other items, such as books, a laptop, a camera, etc., the FoldyLock is not a big hassle to bring along for the ride. The lock easily fits inside of a bag, can be mounted to the frame, or easily fits inside a jersey pocket for the recreational cyclist looking for extra protection at pitstops.
This is NOT the case with heavier U-Locks like the Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock or Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock Mini, which are big and heavy. Compared to the ABUS uGrip Bordo 5700, though, the FoldyLock weighs about half a pound more and folds down to a larger, longer shape than the Bordo.
Ease of Use
It doesn't get much easier than inserting a key and turning the lock to either lock or unlock the product, although the Bordo does it — you don't need the key inserted to lock that lock. With the FoldyLock Compact, you need the key to turn the locking mechanism for locking and unlocking it. Nonetheless, with the turn of a key, your bike is locked up with minimal effort. The locking mechanism is smooth and easy to use. Additionally, the FoldyLock comes with three keys total, so if you're prone to losing things, you have two backup keys.
This model can lock a bike to pretty much any reasonable structure with relative ease. The six panels attached by rivets are flexible enough to wrap around pretty much anything. The only constraint, as with all locks, is the size. Yet, the lock dimensions are enough to accommodate road and mountain tires in our tests.
The FoldyLock Compact is a highly versatile lock that will easily accommodate your biking gear, such as a road or mountain bike, in most locking situations, similar to the ABUS uGrip Bordo 5700. The individual folding plates do a pretty good job hooking up to tricky structures. Where this lock falters is in higher-risk areas. Suppose you need a lock with similar versatility for a high-risk area, then we recommend the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 U-Lock, which combines the security of a U-Lock with the flexibility of a cable.
Should You Buy the Seatylock Foldylock Compact?
The FoldyLock won't protect your bike in high-risk situations, but it does a great job on the schoolyard at the cafe in a small town while offering no noticeable difference to your ride, whether it's mounted to your frame or in your jersey pocket.
What Other Bike Locks Should You Consider?
We suggest looking into the Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock for those commuting on an expensive bike or who need high security. However, it isn't as transportable compared to the FoldyLock. But that's somewhat the price you pay for increased security.
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