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Seatylock Foldylock Compact Review

For rural and low-risk areas, this lock is portable and simple to use
Seatylock Foldylock Compact
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Price:  $85 List | $84.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, easy-to-use, versatile and easy to carry around
Cons:  Less secure than U-locks, not quite long enough, heaviest folding lock tested
Manufacturer:   Seatylock
By Rebecca Eckland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 29, 2019
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  • Security - 40% 5
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • Versatility - 15% 6

Our Verdict

Remember Goldylocks and the porridge? This is how our reviewers felt about the Seatylock Foldylock COMPACT. For bike commuters who are already weighed down by a pack of books and who may have to tackle hills on their way to school or work, this model delivers just enough security without a whole lot of weight. It isn't all that different from other folding locks we've tested in the past. They do offer more protection than cable locks (by far) and are easier to use and carry than the more secure options out there. This lock is best for short stops, low-to-medium risk areas, and cyclists who really value portability and versatility over security.

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Pros Lightweight, easy-to-use, versatile and easy to carry aroundVersatile, light (for a U-Lock), easy to use, valueLightweight, easy-to-carry, easy-to-useInexpensive, more secure than many in its price range, high qualityLightweight, flexible, easy to use
Cons Less secure than U-locks, not quite long enough, heaviest folding lock testedSlightly less secure than other U-Lock models, bulkyMinimal security, can be compromised with the right tools quicklyLocking mechanism stuck a few times, lackluster frame mountToo small, minimal security
Bottom Line For rural and low-risk areas, this lock is portable and simple to useA versatile U-lock and cable combo that provides strong security at a favorable price pointIf you're in the market for a highly portable and lightweight lock but without much security, this one has your name on itThis inexpensive U-lock offers versatility and security that is likely to fit the needs and budgets of many cyclists and commutersGreat for preventing the "snatch and grab" while you pit stop, these ties do little to prevent a real bike thief from swiping your ride
Rating Categories Seatylock Foldylock... Evolution Mini-7 U-... ABUS Chain Lock 120... Kryptonite Kryptolo... Hiplok Z Lok
Security (40%)
5.0
7.0
3.0
6.0
1
Ease Of Transport (25%)
7.0
5.0
9.0
5.0
10.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
7.0
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5.0
7.0
Versatility (15%)
6.0
5.0
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Specs Seatylock Foldylock... Evolution Mini-7 U-... ABUS Chain Lock 120... Kryptonite Kryptolo... Hiplok Z Lok
Measured weight (lbs) 2.8 lbs 3.5 lbs 0.5 lbs 3.2 lbs 0.1 lbs
Type of lock Folding U-Lock + cable Chain U-Lock + cable Cable/ Key Lock
Lock dimensions 7.5" x 1.6" x 2.35" (folded); 33" long (unfolded) U-lock: 9.4"x 5.6" (13mm thick U), 4' cable 23.6" x 0.16" U-lock: 11.1" x 5.4" (13mm thick U), Cable: 4' 16.5" x 0.4" (0.125" thick)
# of keys included 3 keys 3 keys (one with HID light) N/A 2 keys 1 key
Primary materials Hardened steel 13mm hardened "max-performance" steel with braided steel cable Hardened steel Steel Steel cable
Warranty/Manufacturer programs One year warranty $2,500 Theft Protection (does not cover cable), Limited Lifetime Warranty; Key Safe Program None $1,700 Theft Protection Lifetime Warranty
Unique Features Rotating locking mechanism; color options LED light on one key; cable in addition to U-Lock; dust cover on keyhole Steel chain with textile sleeve (available in different colors) Includes 4 foot cable Zip-tie style design
Tin Snips No Cable: Yes; U-lock: No Yes, requires two cuts to defeat No Yes
Hammer No No No No Yes
Hacksaw No No No No Yes, quick
Bolt Cutters, 36" No Cable: Yes, U-lock: No Yes, but not very easily. Requires two cuts No Yes
Angle Grinder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of cuts required 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 (oddly) your commute bike costs more than some people's cars, then this lock is probably not for you. (We would recommend a U-lock like the Kryptonite New York Standard or to get your head examined because commuting on an expensive road bike is just asking for it to get stolen because, sorry, every bike lock can be compromised. Period.)

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.

Performance Comparison


The FoldyLock's unique design allows you the flexibility (literally)...
The FoldyLock's unique design allows you the flexibility (literally) to lock to some pretty unusual situations, like this dog-shaped bike rack. (Side note: they make dog-shaped bike racks?!?)
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Security


Honestly, this lock is pretty darn secure. It surprised us, given that it's portable and also fairly lightweight. Granted, we wouldn't lock up our lead tester's $10,000 time-trial bike with this lock as I dash off to Chemistry 101 at NYU, but for most low to medium security situations, this lock is a pretty solid deterrent. 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.

Don't say we didn't try: our testers put their whole being into...
Don't say we didn't try: our testers put their whole being into testing these locks, including the bolt cutters on the FoldyLock Compact. This little lock surprised us-- it withstood even our most aggressive assaults.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Where this lock faltered is when a bike thief employs serious tactics like a cordless angle grinder. It took our experts 11 seconds to slice through the Foldy, which isn't really that much time. It also didn't throw firework-sparks like some of the heavier-duty locks, oddly enough. While the Bordo 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 was sliced by the angle grinder quickly.

Before you ask us: "Am I seeing this right?" The answer is: yes...
Before you ask us: "Am I seeing this right?" The answer is: yes, those are two mountain bike tires secured to a bike rack with no issues at all. We loved this lock for its ability to accommodate pretty much all situations you'll ride yourself into.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Ease of Transport


This 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 it's folded up and ready to roll. So, if you're packing a bunch of other items-- books, a laptop, a camera, whatever-- 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 can easily fit inside a jersey pocket for the recreational cyclist looking for extra protection at pitstops.

The portability of the FoldyLock Compact made it a pleasure to carry...
The portability of the FoldyLock Compact made it a pleasure to carry around town. The bike mount adapts to your bottle cage, so you don't have to remove your bottle holder. It also comes with straps to mount to other parts of the bike frame.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

It goes without saying that this is NOT the case with heavier U-Locks like the Kryptonite New York Standard or Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit which are both big and heavy. Compared to the ABUS Bordo, though, the FoldyLock weighs about half a pound more and folding down to a larger, longer shape than the Bordo.

Up close and personal with the FoldyCompact: the joints allow you to...
Up close and personal with the FoldyCompact: the joints allow you to manipulate the lock easily. Due to the coating on the hardened steel, it really doesn't scratch up your frame as much as other options.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

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 not one, but two backups.

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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 dimensions of the lock are were enough to accommodate road and mountain tires in our tests.

View from above: the FoldyLock easily fits around most bike tires...
View from above: the FoldyLock easily fits around most bike tires and locking situation. This instance kept our bike safe while on a quick stop to the local public library.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

We parked this road bike outside our favorite cafe and it took only...
We parked this road bike outside our favorite cafe and it took only minutes for us to lock the bike to the rack using the FoldyCompact. It's hard not to love a lock that's easy to carry, easy to use and that's pretty secure.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Versatillity


The FoldyLock COMPACT is a highly versatile lock that will easily accommodate a road or mountain bike in most locking situations, similar to the ABUS 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. If you need a lock with similar versatility a high-risk area, we recommend the Kryptonite Evolution Mini with Cable that combines the security of a U-Lock with the flexibility of a cable.

Need to stop at a watering hole? The FoldyLock--which can fit into...
Need to stop at a watering hole? The FoldyLock--which can fit into your jersey pocket--is a potential solution for low-to-medium risk situations.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Value


The FoldyLock COMPACT is slightly more expensive than the comparable Bordo and which you choose is really up to you. If you like the peace of mind of a bit more security, the FoldyLock might be worth the extra few bucks. If you value saving several ounces and five dollars, too, go with the Bordo. If you are one of those people who likes to color-coordinate everything, the FoldyLock comes in several colors.

Is it tea time? The FoldyCompact is more than enough security for...
Is it tea time? The FoldyCompact is more than enough security for those stops when you're within sight of your bike. We also loved its versatility-- no matter what kind of bike rack you find, the FoldyLock accommodates pretty much anything (trunks of redwood trees excluded).
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Conclusion


Among the folding locks, FoldyLock ranks right up there with the best. While it won't protect your bike in high-risk situations, 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.

Our verdict on the FoldyLock: this highly versatile lock should be...
Our verdict on the FoldyLock: this highly versatile lock should be in your jersey pocket or your bag if you're riding in low-to-medium security settings. Avoid high-risk areas.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Rebecca Eckland