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Seatylock Foldylock Compact Review

For rural and low-risk areas, this lock is portable and simple to use.
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Price:  $85 List | $84.95 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% 6
  • 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 aroundVery secure, mounts to bike, convenient size for locking upLarge and strong U-lock, relatively lightweight, beefy mountWearable design, solid security, easy to useVersatile, light (for a U-Lock), easy to use, value
Cons Less secure than U-locks, not quite long enough, heaviest folding lock testedHeavy, bulky to transportNot the highest security possible, expensiveNot lightweight, uncomfortable with some backpacks, priceySlightly less secure than other U-Lock models, bulky
Bottom Line For rural and low-risk areas, this lock is portable and simple to use.This is our favorite all-around lock for high security needs.If you prefer top-shelf quality, this German-made lock delivers a great product.The innovative design of this wearable chain lock increases this heavy lock's portability, which is great news for regular bike commuters.If you're looking for a U-Lock that will keep your front tire on (and you aren't in a dangerous area) and your budget balance, this is probably the lock for you.
Rating Categories Seatylock Foldylock Compact New York Standard U-Lock ABUS Granit X-Plus 540 U-Lock Hiplok Original: Superbright Evolution Mini-7 U-Lock
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Specs Seatylock... New York Standard... ABUS Granit X-Plus... Hiplok Original:... Evolution Mini-7...
Measured weight (lbs) 2.8 lbs 4.49 lbs 3.28 lbs 4.31 lbs 3.51 lbs
Lock dimensions 7.45" x 1.6" x 2.35" (folded); 33" (unfolded) 4" x 8" (16 mm" thick) 9" x 4.25" (13mm thick) 1.5' long x 2" 9.35"x 5.6"x 1.6" (U-Lock); 4' cable
Type of lock Folding U-lock U-lock Chain U-Lock + cable
# of keys included 3 keys 3 keys (one with HID light) 2 keys (one with LED light) 3 keys 3 keys (one with HID light)
Primary materials Hardened steel 16mm Hardened Steel 13mm hardened steel 8mm hardened steel chain, 600D polyester sleeve 13mm hardened "max-performance" steel with braided steel cable
Warranty/Manufacturer programs One year warranty $4,000 Theft Protection, Limited Lifetime Warranty, Key Safe Program None 1-year manufacturer warranty $2,500 Theft Protection (does not cover cable), Limited Lifetime Warranty; Key Safe Program
Unique Features Rotating locking mechanism; color options Keyhole cover, LED light on one key; dust cover over keyhole Automatic keyhole cover, LED light on one key Reflective sheath, curve key LED light on one key; cable in addition to U-Lock; dust cover on keyhole
Tin Snips No No No No Cable: Yes; U-lock: No
Hammer No No No No No
Hacksaw No No No No No
Bolt Cutters, 36" No No No No Cable: Yes, U-lock: No
Angle Grinder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of cuts required to free lock 1 cut 2 cuts 2 cuts 1 cut 2 cuts

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) to lock to some pretty unusual situations  like this dog-shaped bike rack. (Side note: they make dog-shaped bike racks?!?)
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?!?)

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 testing these locks  including the bolt cutters on the FoldyLock Compact. This little lock surprised us-- it withstood even our most aggressive assaults.
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.

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  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.
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.

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 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.
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.

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 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.
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.

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.

The locking mechanism is smooth and easy to use. However  you do have to have the key inserted in order to lock or unlock the FoldyLock.
The FoldyLock Compact is certainly that: it fits easily into a jersey pocket on a long ride or into your backpack or saddle back. The joints move easily and at just over 2 lbs.  you'll hardly notice it's there.
If you've ever unlocked a house or car door  then you're all set to tackle the FoldyLock Compact! The locking mechanism is super easy to use.

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 and locking situation. This instance kept our bike safe while on a quick stop to the local public library.
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.

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.
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.

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 your jersey pocket--is a potential solution for low-to-medium risk situations.
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.

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 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).
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).

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 in your jersey pocket or your bag if you're riding in low-to-medium security settings. Avoid high-risk areas.
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.


Rebecca Eckland