Best Locks for Gym Lockers in 2020
It is always distressing to return to your gym locker, panting under the heat of a strenuous workout only to find you’ll have to go home in your gym gear or track suit.
Minus your tablet, laptop computer, driving license, and credit cards.
What the heck?
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All because as you made sweating out your business, someone made breaking into your gym locker and leaving with these valuables his business of the day.
Such cases are too frequent, and to avoid being the next victim, it’s time to invest in a reliable and durable gym locker lock that will outsmart pick locks and kleptomaniacs.
Read on to discover the best locks for gym lockers in 2020.
Coming up after the review is a buyer’s guide for these padlocks and how to use combination locks
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|1.||Master Lock Padlock, Set-Your-Own Combination Lock, 653D||- You can set your own combination |
-Best for all indoor padlock use
-Limited lifetime warranty
|Body width: 2 in. |
Shackle: dia.- ¼ in.
Shackle clearance- 15/16 in.
|2.||Desired Tools 4 Digit Combination Lock||-Weatherproof padlock|
-60-day 100% refund guarantee and 3-year replacement warranty
|Size: 3.25 in. L (including shackle) x 1.7 in. W x 0.7 in. D |
Shackle dia.: 0.24 in.
|3.||BV TSA Approved Luggage Travel Lock||-High strength cable|
-Compact and lightweight
30-day 100% refund guarantee and 3-year warranty
|Lock Body with Cord (L, H, W): 1.18 in. x 3.94 in. x 0.47 in |
- Cord: 5.69 in. L x 0.12 in. Dia.
Weight: 2.2 oz.
Master Lock is a durable metallic combination lock, built to withstand the aggressive abuse of a first-degree burglar, such as cutting or hitting it with a rod. It is rated , a testimony of its efficacy based on customer reviews.
Body width: 2 in.
Shackle: dia.- ¼ in. clearance- 15/16 in.
If you are looking for a weatherproof padlock for both indoor and outdoor use that is durable and easy to use, then Desired Tools set-your-own combination lock is your best bet.
Size: 3.25 in. L (including shackle) x 1.7 in. W x 0.7 in. D
Shackle dia.: 0.24 in.
Weight: 5 oz.
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Prevent grab-and-go theft of your most valuable items in gym lockers, school and travel luggage lockers with this TSA Approved keyless combination lock that is a breeze to set.
Dimensions: – Lock Body with Cord (L,H,W): 1.18 in x 3.94 in x 0.47 in
– Cord Length: 5.69 in (14.4 cm).
– Cord Diameter: 0.12 in (3 mm).
Weight: 2.2 oz
Make life difficult for thieves eyeing your precious valuables in your gym locker or any other indoor storage with Master Lock heavy duty padlock that features advanced anti-shim technology.
Body width: 1-7/8 in Shackle dia: 9/32 in Shackle length; 3/4 in
If you have a problem memorizing 3-digit or 4-digit passwords, then get this resettable word combo lock and enjoy the freedom to create a memorable word combination.
Dimensions: Lock body- 1-1/2 in. W
Shackle: 1/4 in. dia x 15/16 in. clearance
Puroma is a heavy duty and tough digital padlock that lets you secure your hard earned belongings from disgraceful picklocks and kleptomaniacs.
Dimensions: 3.07 in L (including shackle) x 1.61 in W
Shackle clearance: 1.18 in
Say goodbye to bolt cutters for forgotten or lost combinations with FJM best combination padlock with key override.
Dimensions: Width- 1-5/8 in Height- 2 in
Shackle: Dia- ¼ in Clearance- 1 in
FortLocks is a waterproof lock that lets you secure your precious belongings with a set-your-own digit sequence in place of carrying a key that gets lost before you say secure.
Body dimension: Size: 3.25 in x 1.7 in x 0.7 in Weight: 5 oz.
Shackle height: 1.25 in
Go on travel or workout with ultimate peace of mind by securing your valuables with Hovinso ultra strong lock made to be tough on the best bolt cutters for master locks, swift to slip through standard zippers and locker holes and a piece of cake for you to use.
Dimensions- Lock body- 1.65 in. L x 1 .18 in. W
Cable- 1.5 in. clearance
Adoric is a weatherproof 4-digit combination lock, tough and ready to serve and it comes in a pack of 2-4 digit locks and a generous gift of a 3-digit mini lock.
Dimensions: 2.4 in L (including shackle) x 0.8 in W
Shackle clearance: 0.9 in
A buyers’ guide for the best locker lock
You should select your gym locker padlock carefully since once you lock it, you’ll have the tendency to throw caution to the wind thus worsening your vulnerability if you have used an unreliable lock.
However, by considering the following factors, rest assured that you can concentrate on your other business and let the deadbolt man your valuables.
(i) Ease of operation
The best locks for gym lockers should be tough on would-be burglars but easy for you to use. It should be easy to set and reset the codes, easy to open and close the shackle or cable. The dialing system should be easy to see, preferably with a side window and the numbers or alphabets should not jump out of position once you set your desired code.
Gym lockers mostly have medium size hasps and therefore your padlock shouldn’t be too large or too small. If it’s too large then the shackle or cable is unlikely to slip through. If it’s too small, the easier may it be to cut or break and it may even call the intruder’s bluff to try his luck.
In addition, the size of the lock normally determines the shackle diameter, an indicator of security level. As a rough guide, a 0.39 in (10mm) and above diameter shackle is considered high security, 0.25 in-0.35 (7mm-9mm) diameter is medium security and anything less is regarded low security.
The material used should be strong and sturdy in order to resist bolt cutters and claw bars. It should also not break easily and you may also want a weatherproof padlock that will resist water and the elements to enhance portability and outdoor use.
Padlock materials range from plastics to different metals and alloys, each with its own traits regarding security, corrosion resistance, weather resistance, and cost.
(iv) Shackle design
Your padlock’s shackle is the first target for a thief wielding a bolt cutter, saw, a claw bar and so on. The shackle design can be;
- Closed, whereby the lock body has built-in shoulders enclosing much of the shackle. However, the reduced clearance creates challenges trying to pass the shackle through concealed hasps
- Open, whereby the full shackle length is exposed. It is easier to slip through holes, hasps, and links but it is more exposed to attacks
- Semi-enclosed- this is a compromise between ease of use and security
- Adjustable shackle- for this you can vary the shackle length to suit your application
You may want to go for a semi-enclosed or adjustable shackle length so that it is easy to lock shrouded lockers but hard to access for cutting or picking.
With more and more fashionable designs emerging by the day, the padlock you choose shouldn’t diminish your class and sense of style.
How to use the best combination lock for gym
Since the most secure gym locks are evidently combo, you may want to ask yourself how do combination locks work?
Well with most of our gadgets turning digital by the day and requiring login passwords and patterns from one device to the other, working with this padlock should be the easiest. The only small difference is that you are dealing with more hardware and less or no software.
How to set a combination code before locking your padlock
Step 1: The factory preset default is 0-0-0 (3 digits) or 0-0-0-0 (4 digits). Rotate the dials until you align with this default.
Step 2: Pull up the shackle and rotate it through 90 degrees counterclockwise until the shackle notch is in line with the notch in the shackle opening.
Step 3: Push down the shackle until the tiny pin enters the gap. Keep the shackle firmly pressed and rotate it counterclockwise so that it stays down without the need of you pushing it down manually.
Step 4: Scroll the dials to set your desired combination code. Make sure it easy to remember and that the dials are perfectly aligned with the top arrow or line.
Step 5: Rotate the shackle through 90 degrees clockwise until the pin pops up from the gap releasing the shackle. Your gym locker lock is good to go and you can close your padlock.
Step 6: Memorize the code you’ve set and scramble the sequence
Please have a look at this short video
How to use the master key override and retrieve code
In case you forget or lose your password, there are some padlocks that come with a master key override instead of bolt cutting or dumping the padlock. Here is how to open a combination lock without the code.
Step 1: Insert the master key
Step 2: Rotate the key through 90 degrees to open the lock and let go the shackle
Step 3: Rotate the dials to their maximum turn possible
Step 4: The dials will now be showing the combination code you had set the lock
Step 5: After retrieving the password, close the shackle and remove the master key. Your padlock is now ready for use and you can reset it.
How to open a gym locker-Master Lock
Step 1: Turn the dial 3 times (3 digit dial padlock) to the right (clockwise) until you reach the first number of the sequence and stop there.
Step 2: Turn the dial to the left (anti-clockwise), pass the first number of the sequence and terminate on the second number of the sequence.
Step 3: Turn the dial clockwise and stop on the third number of the combination.
Step 4: Pull up the shackle
Step 5: Scramble the combination or let it auto scramble if your padlock has this provision
The procedure is the same for a 4 digit lock, with the slight addition of 4 dials in the first step and three subsequent rotations
Please have a look at this short video