HelmetLok - locking carabiner

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by davidpetersen, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Here's a new concept when it comes to securing your helmet or other gear....

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    HelmetLok is now available in RED and CHROME. Specify when you order what color you want, otherwise you'll get black.

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    The HelmetLok is carabiner with a twist...it LOCKS. Specially designed for motorcycle applications, it secures your helmet (or other valuable gear) and gives you peace of mind when you're away from the bike.

    Order here:
    http://www.bestrestproducts.com/c-159-helmetlok.aspx

    Unlike a typical carabiner where the latch the opens inward and restricts the size of the opening, the HelmetLok latch opens OUTWARD. This allows it to fit around handlebars, frame tubes, or other parts of your motorcycle measuring up to 1-1/8" diameter.

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    The latching lever contains a programmable 3-pin combination lock which you can change anytime.

    To secure your helmet, slip the HelmetLok around your bars, hook your helmet d-rings thru the caribiner, close the latch and spin the combo dial. Your helmet is safe and secure.

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    HelmetLok eliminates the need to mount a permanent helmet lock or keep track of another key. If there's a place to hook the carabiner, there's always a place to lock your helmet. At BestRest we REALLY like gear that serves multiple purposes. HelmetLok performs these tasks:

    • Locks your helmet to the motorcycle
    • Serves as a belt hook for keys or other gear
    • Serves as a general purpose camping carabiner
    • Secures loads to your bike when used with tie downs
    • Secures jackets and other gear when used with a cable
    • Other uses, limited only by your imagination

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    Crafted from metal alloys with a black gloss finish, the HelmetLok is strong enough to deter theft, but small enough to fit in your pocket. Weighs only 2.1 ounces, length 3.5".

    HelmetLok is not suitable for use as a weight-bearing device or for applications where life or safety is at risk. Patented in Australia and worldwide, distributed by BestRest.

    Order here:
    http://www.bestrestproducts.com/c-159-helmetlok.aspx

    Price is $25 for 1,
    $45 for 2,
    $60 for 3
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  2. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Feb 12 '11. HelmetLok is also available in RED and CHROME. Specify when you order which color you want, otherwise we'll send black.

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    Also available - HelmetLok Cable. The coiling cable stretches to over 70", so you can snake it thru your jacket sleeves or riding pants, and keep everything secure on the bike.

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  3. GY333

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  4. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    No it's not the same product....

    I'm sure the HelmetLok folks will be notifying their patent attorney. :eek1

    The unfortunate thing about a good product, is that people copy the idea.
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  5. Abomb

    Abomb Been here awhile

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    The one from ascycles looks like a much better built product at a better price point. The "Helmet Lock" looks like a knock off. I wonder if the manu. of the one on ascycles will be contacting their patent attorney. Even though there are no patenet stamps on either one that I can see.
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  6. owrstrich

    owrstrich F O T G

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    i diggs that helmetlok...

    i scored 1 last year just to compare to my other carabiner locks.... my opinion.... the helmetlok is the best quality of the ones i have... which includes one that looks exactly like the a&s unit...

    j o
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  7. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like you could just pull on the helmet lock and it would deform and open. Most quality carabiners have a hook so you can't deform them. I understand this isn't meant for load but if a good tug will open it up... ?
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  8. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    I suppose that with enough force, you COULD pry the HelmetLok open. But remember that we're talking about a device to secure a helmet or other riding gear, not a carabiner used for climbing or where human safety is paramount.

    After looking closely at the A&S product, I can see that it, too, could be forced open since there's no "hook" that engages the latching device.

    An easier method of defeating the HL is to cut it with a bolt cutter. Any locking device can be defeated if the thief is motivated. All we can do is provide a reasonable level of security to discourage casual theft.

    As far as the patent issues, that's up to the owners of HelmetLok, not BestRest. And FYI, there IS a Patent notication on the packaging.

    As with most other products, there are choices to be made when it comes to purchasing. Price, quality, reputation, etc. affect our purchasing decisions.
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  9. 510ebl

    510ebl Restless...

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    Just curious...are either (or any) of these carabiner type locks made in the US of A???
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  10. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    The HelmetLok is an Australian invention, distributed here in the US by BestRest.

    It is made in China. No secret there. Most items of this type are made overseas these days. Too bad. :cry
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  11. sct ptersns twn

    sct ptersns twn Wait, what........?

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    I got one of these things for Christmas aaaaaand........as per the instructions on the back I rolled over the numbers to 0, 0, 0 to open and set the lock to my 3 digits.....and NOTHING! It will not open, I cannot get this thing open. Anybody have any suggestions? I am not calling Australia for this freaking thing.
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  12. AZuwere

    AZuwere Been here awhile

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    Good news is you only have 999 combinations left to try. I got one at Christmas too. It's not big enough to go around a GS grip with "Beemer Buddy" foam grip covers on. Doesn't leave many other secure locations to lock from.
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  13. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Contact BestRest, we can probably help you.

    The reason the lock isn't working is that you allowed the set-pin to partially come out, before you fully set the combo.
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  14. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Use the rear view mirror stalks, instead of the handlebar. Or a frame tube. Or get the coiling cable which allows infinite attachment points.
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  15. sct ptersns twn

    sct ptersns twn Wait, what........?

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    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
    Wrong.


    Anyway,
    I used my lock picking skills and held the "A" button down (with positive pressure the whole time) while turning the numbers clockwise from the top to bottom. Once each numerical circle stopped I knew the sequence was set. The number was 269. I guess Charlie was screwing around at the factory.

    All is well.
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  16. davidpetersen

    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Glad to hear that you got it to work. :D

    So when you opened the package, the combo was already set to something other than 0-0-0 ???

    They come from the factory with the combo set at 0-0-0. If yours said something else, then somebody screwed up.
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  17. sct ptersns twn

    sct ptersns twn Wait, what........?

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    Well the mystery has been solved. My father bought me the lock for Christmas. He reguested that the combo be my birthday from the factory. He neglected to tell that. So there is the reason for the 0_0_0 preset mystery.

    Sent from my smartyphone
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  18. MisterPX

    MisterPX Been here awhile

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    Picked one of these up. Pretty slick, and pretty handy. Sure beats sticking my helmet in a backpack when I go to leery places.
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  19. GuyKemp

    GuyKemp GSessories

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    We use these HelmetLoks as well. The level of security you get is relevant to what you're locking. Hang a briefcase with $500k in it from your handlebar and its likely an armed guard sitting on your bike might not stop a thief.

    All in all it's a wonderful product. And the folks that import them stand behind them 100%.
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  20. Genehil

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    New Helmetloks have a rubber coating to minimize scratches:
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