A sizeable chunky chain is undoubtedly going to keep your bike secure, but can be a bit overkill, if you are running into the corner shop for a pint of milk! Enter the Hiplok Z-Lok – only 18grams, and enough strength to deter an opportune thief, keep your wheels, frame or helmet safe
Ok, first things first the HipLok Z-Lok is not a high-grade security lock, and Hiplock has been entirely transparent about that. The Z-Lok is basically a re-usable zip-tie with a steel ribbon running through its length – enough to stop someone just walking away with your bike, but also not going to put up much resistance to a good pair of bolt cutters
The HipLok Z-Lok is available in a range of coloursAlthough it will come as no surprise that I’m drawn to the bright yellow HipLok Z-Lok .That said on a serious point; I think if you are going to have bike security, it is actually better to be clear and shout about it. Hoping that a potential thief is more likely to look at a less conspicuously protected bike.
HipLock Z-Lok Design
As mentioned the Z-Lok is essentially a heavy-duty cable tie. You have a reinforced metal end, into which the zip part of the plastic coated metal band slots into. When you look into the locking mechanism, you can see the little metal teeth which stop the cable openingA simple double pronged key is used to open the Z-lokWith the key inserted, the teeth retract, allowing the cable to be removed easily. A very simple design – but also not the most difficult to overcome. Again the Z-Lok is definitely about convenience, and at 18g really are no weight to have in a jersey pocket, or inside a tool bottle “just in case.”
Hiplok Z-Lok Specifications
- 8mm Reinforced steel core
- Lock: Double locking mechanism
- Universal release key
- Length: 40cm
- Weight: 18 grams
Now HipLok hasn’t actually tested the Z-Lok to a breaking point, but I can confirm that the Z-Lok is easily able to support at least 75Kg without issue – which is also a strong vote of confidence for the mountings on the Hiplok Airlok as well!!
Hiplok Z-Lok Conclusion
The Hiplok Z-Lok like the rest of Hiplok’s kit is a well thought out product, which crucially gives an additional piece of mind. Frankly, I have found the biggest use to be as an extra lock to secure my wheels when my bike is left at that station for example.
Afterall, not much use if I come home to find my bike and no wheels! I have actually found that three is the required number of Z-Loks. Two of the wheels, which generally get left in my bag, but a third lock which I keep in a jersey pocket to zip my bike helmet to the bike when popping into the shop. The Z-loks are sold in packs of two, so that does mean I also have a spare when I inevitably lose one!
Given that you get two for the RRP of £14.99 they are a good deal, but when the cheapest I’ve been able to find them is £11.99 they are an absolute steal ! Then coming in at less than half the price of the HipLok FLX cable lock, which I have been a fan of, but for the price I actually feel that the Z-lok has just a touch more utility for things like bike racks etc
For that quick spin to the shops, the Hiplok Z-Lok is a real lifesaver. If someone is intent on stealing a bike, it won’t stand in their way, but the casual theft will have to keep walking. Shove it into your jersey pocket, or as mentioned above, keep it in a tool bottle you’ll be glad it’s there when you need it. Hiplok Z-Lok easily earning a 5/5
That said some people might be put off by the concept of just a two pronged universal key to release the HipLok Z-Lok, to which HipLok also has an answer – the HipLok Z-Lok Combo which features a 3 digit combination lock for increased peace of mind. Basically they have you covered both ways!