Hiplok have won a Eurobike Award for their Hiplok Lite wearable lock, and they’ve also been showing off a couple of new products at the show.
First, that award… The Hiplok Lite is a wearable chain lock, the 6mm hardened steel links covered by a removable 600d outer sleeve to protect your clothes and improve comfort when you wear it around your waist, and reflective details to add safety. It’s has a 75mm diameter and will fit waist sizes from 24in up to 42in.
The Hiplok Lite uses an 8mm hardened steel shackle and achieves a Sold Secure Bronze standard, providing a medium level of security. It comes in various different colours, weighs in at 1kg, and costs £44.99.
The first of the new products is the Hiplok D which is said to be the world’s first wearable D-lock. With a 13.5cm x 7cm internal area and weighing 1kg, it’s fairly small and easy to carry. The clever feature is the clip; you just attach it to a belt strap, a waistband or a pocket and it stays there. We gave it a quick trial run at Hiplok’s Eurobike stand and it felt secure enough – the lock’s own weight holds it in place.
The Hiplok D’s shackle is 13mm hardened steel and the body casing is hardened steel too. It has a Sold Secure Silver rating and will sell for £59.99 when it’s released in November.
Hiplok will launch their Pop lock at the same time. This one is a cable lock with a two-part clip system. On the back of each part of the clip is a groove that the cable snaps into so you can carry it around your waist when you’re riding, as long is your waist is somewhere between 24in and 42in.
The cable is 10mm in diameter with a 1.3m locking diameter, and it’s plastic coated so it won’t damage your clothing. The Pop lock isn’t designed to be as secure as the other locks in the Hiplok range. It’s for use in low risk areas and for use as a secondary lock ¬– maybe to lock your wheels to the frame, for example, when you’ve secured your bike with a D-lock. This one will be available in a bunch of different colours at £19.99.
Hiplok still produce their first lock, the V1.50, which is essentially a chunkier version of the Hiplok Lite with an 8mm hardened steel chain and a 10mm hardened steel shackle. It’s not especially light at 1,950g, but the benefit of all that extra steel is a higher level of security to keep the tea leaves at bay. The V1.50 gets a Sold Secure Silver rating and costs £69.99.
For all the info on Hiplok go to their website.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.