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Old 11-05-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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HelmetLok - locking carabiner

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



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



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.



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.



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


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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Old 02-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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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.





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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Old 03-23-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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Is this the same product?

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=121736
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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No it's not the same product....

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

The unfortunate thing about a good product, is that people copy the idea.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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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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Old 03-23-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
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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...

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Old 03-23-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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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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Old 03-23-2011, 12:35 PM   #8
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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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Old 03-23-2011, 12:46 PM   #9
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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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Old 03-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:01 AM   #11
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Pissed Help!

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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Old 01-07-2012, 06:24 AM   #12
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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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Old 01-07-2012, 06:43 AM   #13
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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.
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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Old 01-07-2012, 06:48 AM   #14
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..... 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.
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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Old 01-07-2012, 04:36 PM   #15
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The reason the lock isn't working is that you allowed the set-pin to partially come out, before you fully set the combo.
^ ^ ^ ^ ^
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.

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