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I bought these locks mainly to keep my suitcase's fairly free-moving zippers from easily coming open during baggage handling, and secondarily for peace of mind. Historically I haven't traveled with locks on my luggage since the whole TSA fiasco came into existence, and never had anything stolen. (Though I usually keep valuables in my carry-on bags when possible - it's just common sense.)
It's true that the cables are narrow gauge and could easily be snipped with the right tool. These locks are mainly to deter the casual thief who'd take a peek in your luggage if it wasn't locked, and who doesn't carry around heavier-duty breaking-and-entering tools. I don't think they're any less "safe" than a padlock with a solid bar instead. The right tool could cut through those just as easily. And I like the idea of having the flexible cable in case the bag rolls over on them - I'm not worried about the zippers breaking because the locks wouldn't give a little.
At first I was a little worried one of my two locks wouldn't come open like other reviewers had mentioned, but it's really just kind of a funky mechanism. You have to make sure you're pulling it in the right direction to get it to come free, or you'll be pulling for a while to no avail. My boyfriend used one on his bag on our last trip and claimed he couldn't get it open. I went over and pulled it off no problem. So RTFM, people (read the instructions).
I like that it's a combination lock so I don't have to keep track of any keys, dig keys out to get my bag open, or worry about losing the keys. The locks themselves feel hefty and generally of good quality. I'd buy them again.
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2014 7:55:43 AM PST
Thank you for being the voice of reason, you helped to convince me to give these a try. It really bothers me when people say that they are easy to cut or break into, etc. A lot of suitcases are fabric, it would be just as easy to cut the fabric if somebody were that determined. What you said is exactly what these are for - somebody who has access to your bags along the way that might take a quick rifle through. We carry our valuables and medications with us so what is mostly left is health and beauty aids and clothing. Looking forward to having these for an upcoming trip.
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