Best Ski Lock: Reviews, Buying Guide, and FAQs 2022

by Frank V. Persall

We bet you are tired of hiding or separating your ski gear to avoid theft. Who isn't? You want to relax after all "that fun on the slopes" with a coffee while you chat away with fellow ski lovers. Well, now you can with our list of the best ski locks anywhere in 2022.

Say no more to hypervigilance or having to purchase new ski equipment and valuables. You can lock your ski gear away and worry less about theft or "look-alike" accidents.

Top 15 Best Ski Locks: Reviews

Indeed, surfing through various ski locks in itself is hectic. You might not even know what or where to search. Either way, our list can help you make the right call. That said, let's get into the ski locks reviews!

Top 15 Best Ski Locks: Reviews
Top 15 Best Ski Locks: Reviews

NorthCore Viper-X Snowboard Lock 2G - Link

Northcore Viper-X Snowboard Lock 2G
Northcore Viper-X Snowboard Lock 2G

If you are passionate about skiing and snowboarding, there is a fat chance you might have heard of the company, Northcore.

They are one of the most respected companies that produce gear best suited for outdoor adventures.

The company has an amazing ski and snowboard lock called Northcore The Viper-X Snow Lock. The lock is well designed to withstand even the most extreme conditions while still keeping your winter gear perfectly secure. The company markets it as a lock as one built for survival in any condition.

The lock itself is a compact 3-digit combination lock that also features a steel cable for wrapping and binding the gear before locking it. The steel cable is automatically retractable and is stored in the lock's compact body when the lock is not in use.

It is perfect for securing your luggage in a ski resort. It is also useful for snowboarders with large snowboarding bags. And if you are not a skier or snowboarder? The lock works just well as a casual luggage lock too.

Highlighted features

  • Compact and portable
  • Features a 3-digit combination lock
  • An auto-retractable steel cable with which you can bind your luggage. The steel cable is stored in the lock.

Drawbacks

  • Users complained the lock tended to jam
  • After using it for a couple of months, the Northcore Viper-X Snowboard lock 2G tend to break.

Safeman Cable Lock - Link

Safeman Multifunction Quick Lock, Blue , 29.5 inches long
Safeman Multifunction Quick Lock, Blue , 29.5 inches long

Let's be honest, the chances of your skis, Snowboard, or poles being stolen at a ski resort is very high. Especially when compared to how often ski bags and luggage are stolen.

With that in mind, the Safeman Cable Lock is a great option if you are looking for a lock to secure your skis, bicycle, or other related valuables. It is unlike most locks on the market since it only has a unique function.

It features two (2) loops that open up tons of diversity in locking your skis, ski poles, bicycle, etc.

The lock isn't without some big deal-breakers. For instance, its wrapping cable is just too short. This means you have to cram together your gear to secure them together which can quickly get annoying after multiple tries.

NOTE: You can always request for refund if the lock breaks down or is generally unusable. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee your refund request would be granted but some users expressed positive results in getting a refund!

Highlighted features

  • The lock is compact and lightweight. Only weighs about 3 ounces.
  • Best suited for securing bikes, skis, ski poles, helmets, etc.
  • Features two loops that give you different locking options depending on the gear you want to secure.
  • 100% rustproof lick
  • The company markets it as a lock that packs 2640lbs of tensile strength in its stainless steel cable.
  • Also suitable for locking snowboards thanks to its unique stretch and grab design.

Drawbacks

  • While there is no denying how great a lock it is, the cable for looping and binding gear often gets stuck.
  • The stainless steel cable is short and a little bit too stiff.

Hiplok Z LOK Combo Multi-Use Security Tie and Bike Lock - Link

Hiplok ZCOM1YL Z Lok Combo Yellow, Yellow, us:one Size
Hiplok ZCOM1YL Z Lok Combo Yellow, Yellow, us:one Size

As good as the Hiplok Z LOK Combo Multi-Use Security Tie and Bike lock are, it is not the most secure lock in this review.

The main reason for this is because the Hiplok Z is one of the lightest locks you'll ever see. That said, it can still act as a deterrent to thieves because there is a greater chance of being caught trying to break the lock. It is very cheap which does highlight why it is not one of the most secure locks you can get.

It features a ratchet-style lock that you can thread around your gear and the body of the lock itself. You can unlock it using a small key.

NOTE: We only recommend using this lock to keep your gear safe if you are in a low-risk environment. You should get something more secure if you are visiting a crowded ski resort.

Highlighted features

  • This imported lock comes with a reinforced steel core for maximum security
  • Features a lock and hold ratchet design
  • The cable has a 43 cm diameter
  • Only ideal for use in a low-risk environment.
  • Features a 3-digit combination lock as well as a key. You also have a 3-digit number reset function in case you lose your key and can't remember your lock combination.

Drawbacks

  • The cable is too short.
  • The lock is not as secure as others reviewed in this post.
  • Users complain of the combination lock refusing to work after a couple of months.

Master Lock 4603D/4605D Retractable Cable Lock - Link

Master Lock 4603D/4605D Retractable Cable Lock, Contains Only One Lock, Colors May Vary
Master Lock 4603D/4605D Retractable Cable Lock, Contains Only One Lock, Colors May Vary

There are a few things you should note about the Master Lock brand and why they are a great company to buy from:

-The company has been functioning since1921. This longevity alone should tell you how well this company knows its trade.

-Master Lock is one of the most recognized brands when dealing with padlocks and other security products. The company consistently outdo itself by creating new lock designs which raise the application and performance of their locks to even higher standards. Even more interesting is the fact that the locks and other security products from this company are affordable and very secure.

This Master Lock 4603D/4605D Retractable cable lock for instance only has one lock combination. It is available in multiple color models and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. With this lock, you can keep your backpacks, ski bags, strollers, duffel bags, etc. secure and safe.

NOTE: Master Lock 4603D/4605D is not suitable for use on bikes or bicycles.

This lock is incredibly easy to use since the cable retracts into the body of the lock when not in use. It features a push-button to automatically retract the cable. It uses a resettable 3-digit combination lock should there be a need to do reset it.

The cable is designed with a protective vinyl coating which prevents scratches on your gear or any item decide to secure using this lock.

Highlighted features

  • Designed for convenience and security
  • Made using flexible but durable materials
  • The cable retracts seamlessly into the lock when not in use.
  • Ideal for securing loose equipment
  • Features a 3 digit combination lock for the keyless experience.

Drawbacks

  • The cable slacks after binding and locking.
  • You have to select the lock with the right cable length for the equipment you want to secure. This can be a bit of a hassle since there is no way to know if a cable length is just right or too small.
  • You don't get to choose the color of lock you get.

BURTON Men's Cable Lock Lime HG Accessories - Link

BURTON Men's Cable Lock Lime Hg Accessories
BURTON Men's Cable Lock Lime Hg Accessories

BURTON is a company in the ski industry that needs little to no introduction. The company has been producing gear and equipment for skiing among other sports since 1977. There is always a certain smart and innovative touch on their products which always never disappoints.

This Men's Cable Lock Lime HG Accessories ski lock is originally a snowboard lock. However, due to its ergonomic design, you can use it to lock your skis, poles, and other skiing or snowboarding gear.

The padlock comes in a small, smart, durable shape that you can put in your pocket. The cable length is decent at about 30 inches and it features a 3-digit combination lock so you don't have to worry about losing your key.

For users skeptical about purchasing the lock, the company offers a year warranty that covers replacement expenses.

Highlighted Features

  • Smart, sturdy, and compact lock
  • Suitable for securing skis, ski poles, or snowboards
  • Keyless experience thanks to its 3 digit lock combination
  • Warranty included
  • Decent steel cable length that automatically retracts when not in use.

Drawbacks

  • Forgetting your unlock code renders the lock useless since the instructions to reset the combination number do not work as stated in the manual.

Lewis N. Clark Cable Ski Lock - Link


Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock: Luggage Lock + Travel Lock - Set Combination Lock for a TSA Approved Padlock or Bike Lock with 30-inch Retractable Steel Cable - Blue
Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock: Luggage Lock + Travel Lock - Set Combination Lock for a TSA Approved Padlock or Bike Lock with 30-inch Retractable Steel Cable - Blue
The Lewis N. Clark Cable Ski Lock makes the first pot on our list and is one of the best ski locks for its flexibility and ease of use. Either grouping objects together or sticking them to a pole: this ski lock does it all.

The lock has a 30inches stainless cable. Thanks to that feature, it is a flexible fit for locking a variety of objects.

About ease of use, the combination of Lewis lock is simple to set up or reset. You don't need a manual to enjoy top security for your valuables.

Despite the flexible and compact design, this lock is durable. It comes with ABS housing and that shields the body from wear and tear.

What we like

  • Compact and durable design.
  • A flexible cable that makes the lock fit for several objects and purposes.
  • The combination is easy to set and reset.
  • Affordable and yet has a 30day money-back guarantee.

What we don't like

  • It doesn't give the usual click sound to show that it is locked.
  • The cable can be tricky to retract all the way when not in use.


Ski Key Lock - Link


Ski and Snowboard-Fat Ski Lock (Green)
Ski and Snowboard-Fat Ski Lock (Green)
Ski Key Locks make our list because they're specific for protecting your gears. In other words, they only have one purpose: to safeguard ski and snowboard equipment.

Another thing about this lock is that it is easy to use. You don't need a combination, nor do you need to worry about cables.

Instead, all you do is find a rack at your ski resort. Then, you insert the object and key it in.

So, what if you lost the key?

Ski locks come with two keys. Besides, there is a lifetime warranty. In essence, you can always request another pair.

Most importantly, Ski key locks are constant features on resorts' recommendation lists around the world.

What we like

  • Affordable and yet provide top-notch security.
  • It is not only easy to use but quick to lock your gears.
  • You can choose from a variety of colors.
  • It comes with a lifetime warranty.

What we don't like

  • You can't use Ski Key locks without racks.
  • Also, the racks at your frequent resorts must be Ski Key-compatible. Else, the lock won't work.


Allnice ET-152 Mini Portable Anti-Theft Lock - Link


Allnice ET-152 Mini Portable Anti-Theft Lock is another cable aid to help secure your ski.

The cable lock itself is about 5 inches. That will suffice to lock your ski and even your helmet.

Another feature that makes this lock standout is the lightweight. It weighs only one-tenth of a kilogram. As such, you can fit it inside your bags or even pockets.

You might as well hold the lock. The cable forms somewhat a handle for easy carriage.

Also, the material of the lock is durable. Firstly, the hook is from zinc. As such, it is not only rugged but resistant to corrosion.

Secondly, the protective layer of the cable is a product of PVC. That means this lock is resistant to abrasions and scratches.

What we like

  • Affordable.
  • Durable product.
  • Easy to use, carry, and maintain.
  • It can secure several objects.

What we don't like

  • The cable is short. It would hardly help circle round a large pole.
  • It doesn't come with a manual. For that reason, resetting the combination can be tricky.
  • At 2mm, the wire is also thin. As such, even with the lock, you might still need to have your ski gears within sight.

FJM Security Cable Lock With Alarm - Link


FJM Security SX-776 Cable Lock Alarm with Piercing 120 Decibel Siren
FJM Security SX-776 Cable Lock Alarm with Piercing 120 Decibel Siren
FJM Lock is another cable security aid for your ski gears. Unlike the typical cable types, this lock has an alarm system.

When an intruder tries to sever the cable, the alarm goes off and can reach 120dB. That will undoubtedly deter thieves.

Even the cable lock itself is rigid. At 24 inches, the wire (made of stainless steel) can withstand attempts of cutting. Then, there is the alarm system.

About the alarm, you can set it to varying degrees of sensitivity. Whichever level you pick, there is a LED light indicator that informs you of the status.

Despite all the benefits of this innovative lock, it weighs only 32ounces. In other words, you can carry it around with ease.

What we like

  • Versatile.
  • The cable is self-retracting and cut-resistant.
  • The alarm system is loud enough to deter intruders, and it goes on until you enter the right combination.

What we don't like

  • The battery used is the small wristwatch kind. As such, you might need to buy extra when going to remote areas.
  • Changing the combinations from the default "0000" requires patience, and that you read the manual.


Master Lock Cable Lock - Link


Master Lock Cable Lock, Set Your Own Combination Bike Lock, 3 ft. Long, Assorted Colors, 4605D
Master Lock Cable Lock, Set Your Own Combination Bike Lock, 3 ft. Long, Assorted Colors, 4605D

The Master Lock Cable Lock has one of the longest wires on this list.

At 3ft, the steel wires are long enough to hold different pieces or stick your ski to a particular point.

Still on the cable, it is self-retractable. That will make locking and unlocking your expensive gears easy for you.

More importantly, the cables have a protective covering (vinyl coating). With such a layer, they are resistant to abrasion and scratches.

Another exciting feature of this lock is the rigidity and lightweight design. The whole setup weighs only 4.52ounches.

Lastly, the lock comes in varieties of colors. In essence, you won't tank the aesthetic of ski gears even when locked.

What we like

  • Durable.
  • It fits various objects and purposes.
  • The lock system is easy to set up or reset.
  • Keyless protection and retractable cables.

What we don't like

  • The lock body is plastic. If you handle it roughly, it will break.
  • The lock can't provide the security you seek for the long-term. Nevertheless, it works as an affordable means for short-term security needs.


Bosvision Ultra-secure 4-Digit Combination Lock - Link


Bosvision Ultra-secure 4-digit Combination Lock is the second 3ft cable security on our list.

Indeed, you won't see the wire until you are about to use the device.

The reason for that is because this lock uses a retractable cable. And at 3ft, the wire is a perfect fit to secure your skis and even your indoor properties.

Despite the numerous benefits of this lock, it weighs 87grams. Such lightweight will help you fit it conveniently into your bag.

Furthermore, this lock comes with a sturdy ABS body. As such, you can expect to use the aid long enough to extract money's worth.

Lastly, the lock is a product from one of the few trusted brands in the industry.

That way, you can rest assured of getting quality safety for your ski gears.

What we like

  • Affordable.
  • Lightweight and compact design.
  • Easy to set or reset the combinations.
  • Versatile for several purposes and objects.
  • It comes in various colors to meet different customer's tastes.

What we don't like

  • If handled inappropriately, the cables will stop retracting.


Dakine Micro Lock - Link


Dakine Micro Lock with Cable (up to 30 inches)
Dakine Micro Lock with Cable (up to 30 inches)
Dakine Micro Lock is another retractable cable on our list. It makes our list for its lightweight. In short, this lock is the best for your travel needs.

At 60g, you will hardly notice you have anything in your pocket. Thanks to that compact size, you needn't worry about bags.

About security, this lock comes with an average 30inches cable to tie your ski gears. The wires are in a braid style, and that will hold your valuables in place to avoid theft.

Another exciting feature of the Dakine Micro Lock is the combination. It uses a three-code system that is easy to set and reset.

What we like

  • Affordable.
  • Retractable cable.
  • Lightweight and compact design.
  • Secured three-code combination.

What we don't like

  • At 30inches, the cable is too short to hold your ski to large poles.
  • At low temperatures, the locks will likely jam. In that case, you might need to cut the cable and get a new one.


M-Wave Lock 'N' Roll D 24.9 Combination Lock - Link


M-Wave Lock 'N' Roll D 24.9 Combination Lock, Black
M-Wave Lock 'N' Roll D 24.9 Combination Lock, Black
M-wave Lock 'N' Roll D 24.9 Combination Lock makes our list for its versatility. Besides skis, you can use this security aid for several other objects - even your aquarium.

The design of the M-wave is somewhat similar to typical padlocks. An added advantage is the combination code.

This lock uses a 4-combination code system. With that, you can rest assured that your ski gears are safe.

Despite all the good deals, the M-wave locks can fit in your pocket. And because it weighs only 3.52ounces, you won't feel anything.

About the cable, M-wave's is 2.4mm in width and about 3ft long. With such properties, you will find that the wires are long enough to secure your ski gears.

What we like

  • Retractable cable.
  • Versatile.
  • Fair price for the quality.
  • Lightweight and compact design.
  • A housing component that reduces scratches to your ski gears.

What we don't like

  • The lock isn't sturdy enough. At the slightest fall, it will stop working.


Skiweb Ski Retractable Cable Lock - Link


Skiweb Ski Lock 4-Digit Combination Lock with 100cm Retractable Cable
Skiweb Ski Lock 4-Digit Combination Lock with 100cm Retractable Cable
Skiweb Ski Retractable Cable Lock is the perfect fit for your ski gears. The best part is that this lock comes with two security aids.

Firstly, the Skiweb lock uses a retractable steel cable. The wire is 2.4mm by width.

As such, it is strong enough to resist cuts. At least, before the intruder is through, you'd catch the wind of what's happening.

Also, the cable can extend to about 3ft. With that feature, you can rest assured that the retractable wire will go round and secure your valuables.

Secondly, Skiweb has a combination security lock. The system uses a 4-code model. And with that, you can have up to 10,000 different codes.

In essence, thieves can't crack your security lock. If they resort to cutting, the wires are equally tough to crack.

What we like

  • Compact design.
  • Retractable cable.
  • More security with a 4-combination lock system.

What we don't like

  • On the pack, the wire width reads 3mm. However, it is 2.4mm. That said, Skiweb is rather pricey for locks in that width diameter.


Master Lock Python Keyed Cable Lock - Link


Master Lock 8417D Python Cable Lock with Key, 1 Pack
Master Lock 8417D Python Cable Lock with Key, 1 Pack
The Master Lock Python Keyed Cable Lock has the longest retractable wire on our list. You can adjust the cable to at least 6ft.

Note that the cables are not just lengthy; they are in braided steel of at least 5mm in width.

In essence, Master Lock can offer you maximum security for numerous coupled valuables. It is undoubtedly the best protection for your outdoor valuables.

Furthermore, this lock has a vinyl coating. With that, you won't worry about scratches to the secured objects.

More importantly, the lock is rust-resistant. Thanks to that feature, you can use your security aid in any weather for your ski.

However, the Master lock has a minor tweak, unlike other retractable-cable ski locks. It uses a key instead of the usual combination codes.

What we like

  • Rust-resistant.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
  • Resistance to scratch and abrasion.
  • Uses key - you needn't worry about remembering combination codes.
  • Secured retractable cables that hold any objects within 6inches to 6ft.

What we don't like

  • The lock itself is not as strong as the cable.
  • The key can easily break when locking and unlocking the gadget. So, you might want to handle it with care.

Choosing The Best Ski Locks - Buyers Guide

Knowing a list of the best skis isn't enough to make the just fit choice for your needs. You yet need to consider specific details.

What type of lock suits your needs? What would the strength capacity be? How about the mode of operation?

Type

Generally, ski locks are in three forms: the cable, the ski key, and the tether lock.

Cable locks are the commonest and easiest to use. All you do is wound the wire around your valuables. Then, you can make sure the objects with a key or your combination code.

Ski key only works with a special kind of rack. Fortunately, these aids are widespread in resorts worldwide. Thanks to the nature of their lock, they are very secure.

Tether locks are just as popular as cable ski locks. Of the three types, this kind is the heaviest.

Also, tether locks are more rugged than the earlier types.

Capacity

Here is where you consider the ski items you want to lock. Imagine you want to secure two or three snowboards!

In that case, you need something long enough to hold the objects in place. Not only that, but you will also ensure that the cable is tight.

For that reason, it is best to always go for lengthier and thicker cable locks. And since the wires are retractable, you can also use them for a singular object.

Strength

Capacity or length means nothing if thieves can easily cut through your lock. For that reason, it is crucial to ascertain the material of the wire.

How strong are the cables? What are their makeup materials?

You should also note the purpose. A lock might suffice for just a snowboard and not secure two or more objects.

Mechanism

Above all, you need a device you understand. In that case, what method is convenient for you?

Will combination proof inconvenient? How about using a key?

Once you find the mechanism that you can easily crack, that's what you should pick.

Ski Lock FAQs

Why Use Ski Locks?

Ski Locks are locks that you use to keep your equipment or gear safe. Gear of high value is usually susceptible to being stolen which can be very bad since you spent a ton of money on it. But you can't always carry your skis or other gear around. This is why a ski lock is important.

All you have to do is secure your skis to your other equipment and you have a way to carry them at once in a neat pile.

NOTE: You can also use a Ski Lock as a traditional padlock for your luggage, bike, etc. You can always check the product description to know if the Ski lock is the right match for you.

How To Know If a Ski Lock Fits My Gear?

The cable length in Ski Locks varies from one lock to the other. Even some locks have different models with varying cable lengths.

The first thing to do is figure out why you need the Ski Lock. Do you need it only to secure your skis or will you be adding other equipment to the pile?

Next, you need to check the specifications and design of the ski locks on your shortlist to find the best one for you.

Final Verdict for Ski Lock Buyers

Final Verdict
Final Verdict

Understandably, choosing the best ski lock is hectic. Nevertheless, it is crucial for your valuables.

That said, let's give you a choice that ticks virtually all the boxes. Our recommendation for you is the Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock.

Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock is affordable, easy to use, made from stainless steel, and versatile. On top of all that, has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

However, note that other locks in this list are equally excellent. Besides, you might have other options not included here. Either way, go through the product features to ensure it matches your needs.

Buy on Walmart

Ski and Snowboard-Fat Ski Lock - Walmart Link

Dakine Micro Lock with Cable (up to 30 inches) - Walmart Link

Bosvision Ultra-Secure 4-Digit Combination Lock with 3 Feet Retractable Cable for Bike, - Walmart Link

Northcore Viper-X Snowboard Lock 2G - Walmart Link

Hiplok ZCOM1YL Z Lok Combo Yellow, Yellow, us:one Size - Walmart Link

Safeman Multifunction Quick Lock, Blue , 29.5 inches long - Walmart Link

Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock: Luggage Lock + Travel Lock - Set Combination Lock for a TSA - Walmart Link

Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock - Walmart Link

Buy on eBay

Ski and Snowboard-Fat Ski Lock - eBay Link

Dakine Micro Lock with Cable (up to 30 inches) - eBay Link

Bosvision Ultra-Secure 4-Digit Combination Lock with 3 Feet Retractable Cable for Bike, - eBay Link

Northcore Viper-X Snowboard Lock 2G - eBay Link

Hiplok ZCOM1YL Z Lok Combo Yellow, Yellow, us:one Size - eBay Link

Safeman Multifunction Quick Lock, Blue , 29.5 inches long - eBay Link

Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock: Luggage Lock + Travel Lock - Set Combination Lock for a TSA - eBay Link

Lewis N. Clark Cable Lock - eBay Link

About Frank V. Persall

Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.

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