The Litelok Gold Wearable Bike Lock is a well-made, strong, wearable and innovative lock. It works well, though it's not ideal for all locking situations.
- Pros: Light (relativey speaking), strong, easy to wear
- Cons: Limited locking situations
One of the elements that annoys most urban cyclists is the need to constantly lug around heavy locks, so Litelok, which began life on Kickstarter in 2015, aimed to create a lock that was both light and easy to carry around. The latest iteration of this idea is the Litelok Gold Wearable, which I tried out around the streets of London.
At 1460g, the lock is pretty light. A direct comparison would be the Hiplok Gold Superbright that I reviewed last year, which comes in almost 1kg more at 2,400g. This is also 'wearable' and has the same basic wrap design.
In terms of wearability, the Litelok Gold works well, with what Litelok calls its Lock Stopper system, meaning you can close the lock relatively securely without it being locked, so it's simple to just pull apart, lock and walk away. It also sits nicely around my waist thanks to the sizing element – the locks come in three lengths – and the medium didn't slip down or up too much because it can't.
The locking system works with the barrel beneath the main lock underneath a rubber cover, which helps to prevent striking attacks. There are also no real exposed edges around the lock where real force can be applied. I tried twisting, sawing, cutting and hammering the lock, and apart from some cosmetic damage to the outside I wasn't close to being able to break it. Perhaps you could get through it with an angle grinder, but it should thwart the more opportunist thief (and I don't own an angle grinder to test it).
This is thanks to the six separate bands of hardened patented Boaflexicore material that sit inside a band of what feels a little like Teflon. It certainly seems very strong and I wasn't surprised that it's been given Sold Secure Gold status by Sold Secure.
One of the slight downsides of the design is that it isn't great for all types of locking situations. For instance, at work I have vertical bike stands which lock at the bottom and because of the shape this couldn't fit around all of the various bends needed to lock properly. However, in all other situations I tried it and most bike racks this wasn't an issue.
At a penny under £100, the Litelok seems a pretty decent price for a gold rated lock with some innovative features. The Hiplok Gold Superbright is £10 cheaper but almost double the weight, while the Abus Bordo Granit X-Plus is the same price but weighs about 200g more and is less practical.
Overall, the Litelok is really well designed and well made, deflecting all my attempts to break it while still being light and comfortable to wear when necessary. It would be nice to be able to use it in more awkward locking positions, but ultimately if you could it could fundamentally change some of its strengths.
An innovative and secure lock that's impressively wearable and not too heavy
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Litelok Gold Wearable
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Litelok says, "Litelok Gold Wearable is our new, longer range of unisex bicycle locks that can be safely worn around your hips while you cycle. They sit comfortably around your body and don't get in the way of your cycling."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Litelok lists these features:
Sold Secure rating: Gold
Construction: Made from Boaflexicore®: a super tough & hard to cut material
Length - 925mm, Waist 30" - 32"
Length - 1000mm, Waist 32" - 34"
Length - 1075mm, Waist 34" - 38"
Locking system: Click to lock
Unlock Method: Key to unlock
Keys: 3x keys on a stainless steel cable keyring
Mounting: 2x hook & loop WrapStraps
Extra Features: 1x Lock Stopper
Really well made; I tried to get through it with a few tools and failed miserably.
Did everything I expect from a lock, plus was easy to wear and take around.
Couldn't get through it at all, and the rubber surrounding the metal elements means it's not going to rust any time soon.
Notably lighter than most similar locks I've used while still providing decent security.
Not as comfortable to wear as a regular belt, but still not bad.
Not cheap, but about where I would expect it to be in terms of price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well, although would perhaps be nice to be able to lock it to more diverse objects.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The wearability element is good, and the lock stopper feature works really well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not being able to lock it to some objects.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – if the rack at my office was a different design.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A well-made and innovative lock that is comfortable enough to wear around town, simple to use and tough. It would be nice if it could be used in a few more diverse situations, but it's still impressive.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.