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The Best Ski Locks Of 2021 Helpful Guide

There is nothing worse than coming back out of the lodge after a break and discovering your skis are gone. I have been a victim of ski theft 2 times now during my skiing life and it is no fun. There very easy ways to prevent ski theft. The best way to keep your skis or snowboard from being stolen is using a ski lock when you go inside for breaks. Ski locks are inexpensive, small, light and easily fit in your coat pocket. Let’s look at some of the best ski locks you can get right now.

Below are out top picks. Keep reading for more detailed reviews, our guide to ski locks, and FAQ.

Best Value

Bosvision Ultra-Secure Combination Lock

Top Pick

Allnice ET-152 Mini Portable Lock

Best Extra Long Cable

Master Lock 8417D Python Cable Lock

The Top 5 Best Ski Locks Available Now

Top Pick

Allnice ET-152 Mini Portable Anti-Theft Lock

  • Zinc alloy lock hook; High corrosion resistance; Strong and durable. The inner metal wire about 2 mm
  • It is convenient to carry in a small size, just only 100 grams. Weight-saving design, easy to carry.
  • Code lock, never worry to lose the key.

Summary

The Allnice ET-152 Mini Portable Anti-Theft Lock is a non-retracting cable lock that has a zinc alloy metal lock body. It has a 3 digit combination lock. The cable is 60 inches long so will be easy to wrap around multiple pairs of skis and still reach the ski rack. Even without a retracing cable this lock is still very compact and will easily fit in your ski jacket pocket.

This lock is also marketed under several different brands including Burton. You may be able to shop around a bit and find one of the off brands slightly cheaper than the others.

Lock Specifications

  • Cable Length – 60inches
  • Cable Thickness – 2mm
  • Weight: 3.5oz
  • Lock Mechanism – 3 digit combination
What We Liked
60inch length nonretracting cabled
2mm thick cable
Zinc alloy lock body
3 digit combination lock
Compact and lightweight design with long cable

Best Value

Bosvision Ultra-Secure 4-Digit Combination Lock

  • Featuring a 3/32 inch (Dia) x 3 feet (L) retractable cable, thicker than most other cable locks
  • Adjustable vinyl coated steel cable to lock and tighten around items
  • 4-digit set-your-own 10,000-combination at your convenience

Summary

The Bosvision Ultra-Secure 4-Digit Combination Lock is a retracting cable type lock with a 4 digit combination. It has a 3 foot, 2.4mm thick cable that is vinyl coated so it won’t scratch your skies or collect dirt inside the cable. It is available in 3 different colors. The combination can be set by the user. The plastic housing has an accessory loop attachment at the bottom for hooking on key chains or anything else you might want with it.

The M-Wave, Bosvision, and Dakine cable locks are all the same lock design with slightly different outer side plastic molding. They all have the same accessory features on the bottom and the same side molding ridged shape. I would choose whichever one had the color I liked best. If the color wasn’t a concern then I would make a choice based on which one had the cheapest price at the moment.

Lock Specifications

  • Cable Length – 3ft
  • Cable Thickness – 2.4mm
  • Weight: 3.1oz
  • Lock Mechanism – 4 digit combination
What We Liked
3ft cable length
2.4mm thick vinyl coated cable
3 colors to choose from
4 digit combination lock
Compact and lightweight design

Best Extra Long Cable

Master Lock 8417D Python Keyed 6ft Cable Lock

  • Adjustable cable lock is best used as a kayak locking cable, trail camera lock, and to secure outdoor equipment
  • Patented cable locks with keys and holds the locking cable tight in any position (6 in. to 6 ft) for a perfect fit
  • Cable lock is constructed of braided steel for strength and flexibility; rust-resistant lock and vinyl-coated cable

Summary

The Master Lock 8417D Python Keyed 6ft Cable Lock is a very versatile cable lock that can be locked between 6 inches and 6 feet in length. If you need to look a whole family’s worth of gear at once this may be the ideal lock for you. It has a 5mm thick braided steel cable that is plastic coated. It uses a key locking mechanism. It is still small enough to fit in a large coat pocket without being too heavy.

Lock Specifications

  • Cable Length – 6ft – Can be locked in a loop from 6inches to 6 feet
  • Cable Thickness – 5mm
  • Weight: 8oz
  • Lock Mechanism – key lock
What We Liked
Heavy duty 5mm thick cable
6 foot cable length
Can be locked from 6inches to 6 feet
Relatively light and compact design

M-Wave Lock ‘N’ Roll D 24.9 Combination Lock

  • 4 Digit resettable combination lock
  • 2.4 mm x 3 feet
  • Dark transparent housing to prevent scratches on your bike

Summary

The M-Wave Lock ‘N’ Roll Combination lock is a compact retractable cable type lock with a 4 digit combination. The cable is 3 feet long with a 2.4mm thick steel cable. The housing is a dark transparent plastic that won’t scratch your skis or snowboard. The combination can be easily set by the user to whatever numbers they choose. This lock easily fits a pocket in your ski jacket so it’s always ready to be used.

The M-Wave, Bosvision, and Dakine cable locks are all the same lock design with slightly different outer side plastic molding. They all have the same accessory features on the bottom and the same side molding ridged shape. I would choose whichever one had the color I liked best. If the color wasn’t a concern then I would make a choice based on which one had the cheapest price at the moment.

Lock Specifications

  • Cable Length – 3ft
  • Cable Thickness – 2.4mm
  • Weight: 3.1oz
  • Lock Mechanism – 4 digit combination
What We Liked
3ft cable length
2.4mm thick cable
Dark transpartent plastic finish
4 digit combination lock
Lightweight and compact design

Ski Key Lock

  • Fast, Easy,and Convenient Way To Lock Snow Sports Equipment
  • Lifetime Warranty- Comes with 2 Keys per lock
  • Five Colors Available – Blue-Green-Orange-Red or Yellow

Summary

The Ski Key lock is a ski lock designed to work with a certain type of ski rack. This is a really great lock to use if you regularly ski somewhere that has Ski Key system ski racks. It is very small and lightweight. The ski racks are fairly common throughout the US and Canda.

For a complete list of ski resorts that use them look here. Ski resorts that have Ski Key racks don’t necessarily have 100% Ski Key Racks or Ski Key racks at all of their lodges and break spots.

The racks only lock one pair of skis with a lock. If your skiing with a family member or friend make sure they have their own lock. You can’t lock a couple pairs at once like you can with a cable lock.

Lock Specifications

  • Lock Mechanism – Key lock
What We Liked
Very small design
Key lock
No cable
Works with Ski Key ski racks found at some ski resorts
Available in 5 different colors

The Best Ski Locks – Buyers Guide

There is a variety of ski locks out there you can get to keep your skis safe when you go in the lodge or hit the bathroom. Skis are not cheap these days. A new pair of skis plus bindings can easily run over $1000. There are many ski locks available that can fit in your pocket and cost from $12 to $20. Do these locks really work and which one is best for you?

The Mind Of The Ski Thief

Skis seem to be one of the few items that people will drop $1000 on and then just leave laying around in a public place while they go inside for a few minutes or a few hours. It’s really easy for someone just to walk up, grab a pair of skis and run off with them. There are so many unlocked pairs of skis out there, why would a thief even want to risk it on even a pair of skis that only took 30 seconds to break a lock? Literally they have hundreds of unlocked pairs to choose from.

You never know when someone is coming back. Maybe they went in for an hour lunch, maybe they went in for a pee break and they will be back in just a few minutes or less. This is clearly a case of easy opportunity. If you don’t want to lose a pair of skis to a thief then make it a little bit less easy then all the rest of the skis laying there.

As I mentioned at the beginning. I have had skis stolen before. It went like this. I set them on the rack. I went in to use the bathroom. I came back out. Bye bye skis. That was over 25 years ago. I’ve used a simple cable lock ever since then and never lost a pair of skis again.

Are these little cable locks good enough?

They might look like they aren’t that secure. I’m sure that a hacksaw blade or bolt cutters will take cut the cable pretty quick. My best ski buddy had to cut a 8mm thick cable lock off his bike on the car hitch rack. I’m sure it took us less than 5 minutes with a hacksaw blade. At a ski resort there are tons of people around no one will notice you pick up a set of skis and walk. Someone might notice if you haul out some tools and start cutting cables. The owner might come back also in that extra minute.

The goal of a ski lock is to make your skis less easy to take than the other hundreds of skis they are sitting with. I would not trust any of these locks to leave your skis sitting over night unattended. If your stopping at a hotel overnight. Take your skis inside with you. Don’t leave them on a roof rack. My dad decided to do this once and we came out in the morning to find the entire families skis were taken off the roof racks during the night.

Will Lots Of People Around Deter A Ski Thief?

The answer to that is no. Tons of people are walking around the base of a ski area. They don’t know which skis on the rack below to which people.

At Canyons Resort a couple of winters ago, there was a huge snowstorm and wind delay which caused us to wait in a 2.5 hour long gondola ride at the base. The group just in front of us in line wasn’t carrying their skis and snowboards. They thought they would be smart and leave them on a rack right next to the gondola instead of carrying them through the line. Well, we got to the front of the line and their skis and snowboards were stolen. With a 2.5 hour long gondola line, that base area was as crowded as a base area can get.

How long of a cable do I need on a ski lock?

Most ski locks have a cable that is either 30 inches long or 36 inches (3 feet). Do not buy a ski lock with a 30 inch long cable. They are slightly smaller in your pocket. They are really difficult to wrap around your skis and a ski rack. Ski racks have different shapes and heights and a shorter lock cable makes it a lot more difficult. Stick to 36 inches or longer. The Dakine Microlock looks cute but with it’s 30inch cable it’s nearly useless to use.

Is there other ways to prevent theft other than using a ski lock?

There are many other things you can do to keep your skis from being stolen like swapping 1 ski with a friend and putting them far apart on the rack.

What do I do with my skis during an overnight stop?

When you are stopping at a hotel overnight or if your going to leave your skis on the rack for several hours do not depend on any form of cable lock. It’s best to take your skis inside your hotel with you or take them to a secure place before going in the lodge for a few hours.

Cable locks are meant to deter a quick snatch and grab thief. They aren’t going to deter a ski thief who’s got some time to kill. We had 4 pairs of skis stolen off our roof rack overnight at a hotel in New York before. The locks on a ski rack are meant to stop quick snatch and grabs. They don’t stop a thief who’s got some time and a crowbar.

Can I lock more than one pair of skis with a cable lock?

A 3 foot long cable can go around 2 pairs of skis and some racks. If you can’t reach it around 2 pairs of skis then it works to just pass it through the brakes on one ski from each pair. What good is only one ski from the pair to a thief? How are they going to sell that? They aren’t. If you know you’re going to be locking a whole family’s skis up regularly then you might want to buy a lock with a longer cable than 3 feet. They get bigger and bulkier in your pocket so that is the trade off.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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