“ Type: Travel Extras „
We have been going to the gym for a little while now when our gym announced that they were going to be having a refurbishment. The lockers were going to be changed and instead of being able to use your membership card to secure your locker and then carry a key they were going to be moving to a system where you needed to either have your own padlock or buy one from the gym. As we had a few weeks notice I began to look around for a combination lock so that we would no longer need to attach a key to our clothing or keep it in our pockets and hope we didn't lose it from our clothing while in the jacuzzi or swimming pool. Obviously we still had the option to use a standard padlock if we wanted to but a combination lock was what my husband had requested and so it seemed like a good idea.
We paid just under £5.00 for each lock and we bought two as we do not have mixed sex changing areas so obviously cannot share a locker which is unfortunate. I wanted a lock that was not going to be too heavy but obviously it was difficult to tell this when ordering online so I went with someone that looked like it might be light, I picked well. This lock has a metal loop and a plastic body so is quite lightweight, this is useful as I already have enough stuff to carry to the gym if I am coming from work or going to work after the gym.
This lock is very simple to use. There are instructions included which help of course but all you need to do is enter your chosen code, 3 digits in length, by rolling the numbers around until you find the numbers you want to use. Then there is a metal loop that you press and it will click to allow you to know that the lock is now locked. I always roll the numbers quite a few times afterwards to ensure that a random code is displayed that is nothing like mine. Once ready to open the lock just roll around to your chosen 3 digit number again and then the lock will open. This obviously is very simple and I'm sure that this is how the majority of locks work to be honest!
This doesn't look like the most expensive combination lock but it keeps my locker safe at the gym and that is all that matters really. Obviously a combination lock is not necessarily the most secure lock as someone could sit and go through all number combinations but in my gym firstly there are lots of people in the changing rooms at all times of the day and night and also there are cameras in the locker areas where I put my items so I feel nice and reassured anyway and just use this combination lock as another way of securing the safety of my possessions.
Overall I like this lock. It is simple to lock, it is a good size for securing my items in the locker at the gym and I do not have to worry about dropping my key at the bottom of the swimming pool when the safety pin comes undone as it did on two occasions when I used to have to use a key!
When travelling abroad, I think that it is very important to be able to lock my suitcase with a secure lock because once I leave the case with the checkout attendant, the bag is no longer in my possession and it disappears out of sight. I like to feel safe in the knowledge that it is locked and secure.
I paid £5.50 for the lock from Amazon.co.uk. When it arrived, I noticed how lightweight it. This is mainly because it is made from plastic, except the metal loop which is obviously metal. I much prefer the security of combination locks as I'm not too sure whether a lock with a hole can be picked. There is always the risk of losing the key too.
The lock is really easy to set. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions on the packet. Firstly, choose your code and enter it into the easy to roll combination numbers. Once selected, push the metal hoop into the lock and it should click to show you that it is locked. Roll the numbers around to disguise your numbers and then when ready to open, pop in your code. Once you have hit the correct numbers, the lock will open. My only concern to this is that the numbers are really fiddly and move easily so you need to take your time when doing it. Apart from this, the lock is really easy to use. If the metal hoop lock gets a bit stiff, which it will do from time to time then a small squirt of WD40 should let the movements work more freely.
The plastic casing at first looks a bit cheap but the bright colour assists you in being able to find the case on the conveyer belt; it is really bright! The metal hoop lock is robust but it is thin enough to go through different sized zips no matter how small the holes are. The metal hoop is also quite long which allows you a little extra room to manoeuvre the lock around without it being too tight.
This is the perfect lock for many different bags and cases. It is important to use such a reliable device when dealing with the security of your bags and personal belongings. I only have the one lock so far but as my luggage collection grows I shall be investing in more locks. I would definitely buy this one again.
antler is a well known luggage company and make all there products to a very high standard. products are expensive however they are well worth it. antler cases last a very long time as it is and they are very secure well worth buying an antler case. for extra security it is a good idea to get one of these antler locks which would compliment cases well making it very difficult for somebody else to open your case. they are brightly coloured which also helps your case to stand out when it is going around the carousel. its a sterdy metal lock which would be very difficult to open. the fact that it has a combination lock is good as you would be the only one who knew how to open it. however it wouldnt be so good if it got taken for a baggage selection by customs at the airport as it would make it difficult for them to check. worthwhile paying extra to make your bag safer however you dont really need one it is a luxury item
Antler combination lock
On a recent foray abroad, I decided that it was about time I started locking my trusty holdall.. just because it has served me well for about 20years, doesnt mean that it will always remain tightly shut when I get it off that carousel.
So, needing something simple, and not with a key, I settled on the combination lock. I realised early on that I would lose a key, or put it into the bag for safe keeping, but realised that I could probably remember numbers.
~~Product and Packaging~~
My combination lock is in orange, but I have seen the blue ones for sale.
These type of locks are for zipped cases ones which have zips which join together and can be fastened I assume.
It is about 5cm in length and has 3 small dials at the side with a metal hook like contraption which snaps closed like other combination locks.
~~How do I use it?~~
Yes, it had to be simple, and this certainly is.
Inside the plastic packaging are the instructions on a piece of cardboard, and all explained in a series of written points and illustrations.
All you do is make sure the numbers are set to 0 on the three dials- they are a bit small, but once spotted, its plain sailing. The instructions tell me to pull out the shackle and turn it to 180 degrees; this is where the pictures come in handy- I know by looking at them that the shackle is the metal bit which fastens onto the luggage. Keep the shackle pulled out and set to new number. Release and then thats it, all safety conscious and ready to use.
~~Price and Availability~~
RRP is £5.95, but I bought mine for the princely sum of £4 from Ethel Austin, so keep eyes peeled for a bargain!
Available from any shops selling holiday gear, and also online at www.antler-luggage.com
~~What I think~~
My bag has once again done some travelling, and again has been returned to me unopened. The cynic in me says that it hasnt been opened in all of these years, so once again, its because my bag looks as though it will have nothing of interest in it. However, I like to think that the fact that I have a small lock on the bag makes it a bit less likely to be opened.
The lock is certainly easy to use, and clips quickly and efficiently onto luggage. I had no trouble setting the combination lock, and actually remember the number. I dont know what happens if I forget the number because there are no instructions for re setting the lock. However, I think it might work if its put back to zero on all three dials and then the process is started again, although at the price, I think I would buy another.
For an easy to use combination lock, which offers some piece of mind, if not total and absolute security (what does?), this is a good choice.
Thanks for reading.