HipLok Pop lock review£19.99

Wearable cable lock on a budget

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The HipLok Pop is a steel cable lock that clips to itself, allowing it to be worn around your waist while riding. Unlike the chain-link Hiplok V1.5 and Lite models, the Pop is far simpler and much cheaper.

At 366g (400g claimed) with a plastic coating, the Pop is light enough to not distract while riding. We found it comfortable to wear and the firm cable holds its rounded shape around your waist. For longer rides we’d still prefer the lock off our body, but it’s a clever solution to carrying a lock nonetheless.

The fit is fully adjustable and so can be setup to sit above the hips: the fit is fully adjustable and so can be setup to sit above the hips
The fit is fully adjustable and so can be setup to sit above the hips: the fit is fully adjustable and so can be setup to sit above the hips

The 1.3m locking circumference is perfect for road bikes and commuter bikes, but not quite long enough to lock up a long wheel mountain bike without removing the front wheel.

Since the 10mm diameter coated steel cable is simple to cut with decent bolt cutters, the Pop is best suited to irregular commuters and users in safer areas. Hiplok claim the Pop is its lowest security lock; a trade-off given the weight and price.

The curved key (three included) is quick to use and we never experienced any sign of jamming. This style of key hole is difficult to pick and the keys feel strong.

The Pop is available in a range of colours and will fit waist sizes between 24-42in. While not a truly secure option, the Pop is convenient for scooting up to the shops or as a secondary lock to a D-lock.

David Rome

Editor, Australia
Having worked full-time within the cycling industry since 2006, Dave is a former editor of BikeRadar Australia. Riding and racing mountain, road and 'cross for over a decade, Dave's passion lies in the sport's technical aspects, and his tool collection is a true sign of that.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 79cm / 31in
  • Chest: 89cm / 35in
  • Discipline: Mountain, road and cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Fast and flowing singletrack with the occasional air is the dream. Also happy chasing tarmac bends.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 27.5, SwiftCarbon Detritovore, Salsa Chilli Con Crosso
  • Dream Bike: Custom Independent Fabrications titanium, SRAM Etap and Enve wheels/cockpit
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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