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With enough angle grinder blades and time, you can cut through the D1000; it’s not totally impervious. But boy are you going to go through a lot of angle grinder blades, make a lot of noise and need a lot of time.

Just after we received our Hiplok D1000 and before we could put a grinder to it, the Electric Bike Report team took a trip to the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, where, coincidentally, Hiplok had a D1000 and a grinder set up and ready. We fitted the grinder with a new blade and let the sparks fly, with that blade lasting all of ten seconds before disintegrating to a useless size.

We were far from the first people to try and cut the lock. The damage we did — the blade cut a little more than an eighth of an inch into the shackle before breaking — was in addition to dozens of other cuts into the same lock, but nevertheless the lock was still holding strong.

It’s by no means an oversized D-lock, but it’s plenty large for most bike racks, sign posts, etc.

Hiplok D1000 review - unlocked

The square shackle shape prevents would-be thieves from cutting one arm of the lock and rotating it to free the bike. It would likely take multiple cuts to get through this one.

Hiplok D1000 review - locking

It’s a little heavier and a little larger, but the D1000 functions just like any other D-lock we’ve used.

Don’t just take our word for it, the lock’s resiliency had been given a diamond rating by Sold Secure, an independent testing house that rates lock security. A diamond rating is Sold Secure’s highest level.

In addition to the Ferosafe anti-angle grinder tech, Hiplok has also given the shackle a square profile and a hardened steel core to guard against bolt cutters (we’d love to see someone try to get through the D1000 with a set of bolt cutters). It’s also got a locking mechanism that prevents the shackle from rotating off if it does get cut and a really smooth locking action that’s very user friendly. It’s about the same size as an average traditional D-lock and weighs a touch more.

Hiplok D1000 review - side angle

Ferosafe and a Diamond rating.

Those who’ve traditionally shoved their D-lock into their belt for carrying may find that a little tough with the D1000. The shackle is quite a bit wider than your average D-lock and I had a hard time carrying it anywhere but in a backpack, though Hiplok does make a special pouch for the lock you can attach to your bike or belt loops.

Like any other product at the top of its class, the Hiplok D1000 commands a hefty price tag for a bike lock with an expected MSRP of $345 USD. The project is currently in the waning hours of a Kickstarter campaign that offers some savings on the lock, but there’s just about a day remaining until the campaign ends at the time this review was published.

Thanks for reading our in-depth look at the Hiplok D1000 bicycle lock review. What are your thoughts or questions about the lock? Let us know in the comments below!

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