The Python cable lock from Master Lock appears to be a fairly new offering down under and when we first came across it we were pretty intrigued. Instead of working like a standard cable type lock that connects end to end, the Python (the mechanism looks like a snake hence the name) passes through a slot so the length can be adjusted. The other key selling point being that the pass-through allows for less unused cable to attack.
Sadly our test instrument of the day – some long handle garden shears – made short work of the cable. Looking around online it also seems that others have been able to bypass the lock mechanism fairly easily too:
If you’re moving stuff or needing to lash things to your vehicle, then the python lock would provide a lot more security and flexibility than your average rope. It’s hard to recommend as a good bike lock however.
Specifications in Short
- Colour: Black
- Size: 9.5mm * 1820mm
- Weight: 0.93g
- Material: Braided steel cable
- Mechanism: Wafer tumbler lock
- Pros: Cinching mechanism is nice, it’s long
- Cons: Won’t deter thieves, best used for securing loads or luggage