Tested: Squire Immense with SS50CS padlock review

 

Date reviewed: July 2017 | Tested by: John Milbank | Price: £111.25 | Weight: 4.07kg | www.squirelocks.co.uk

  

The 1.2m Squire Immense chain is supplied with an SS50CS padlock. Both are covered to protect your paint – the chain with a soft but tough fabric sleeve that’s riveted at both ends (this style of sleeve can hold moisture if used in the wet, so be aware if carrying in your luggage), and the padlock with a plastic sleeve.

Two keys are supplied, and while the padlock’s keyway is covered with a rubber storm flap, it’s a little too easy to tear the retaining strap, so it could get lost.

 

Tested: Squire Immense with SS50CS padlock review size comparison

 

Size and weight

The chain rolls up to cover a diameter of approximately 20cm, and weighs 3.42kg (2.85kg/m). With the 0.65kg padlock, the package comes in at a total of 4.07kg.

 

Resistance to attack: chain

We were able to cut through the chain in using 42” bolt croppers but it took a huge amount of effort and two people taking it in turns. With an anvil and plenty of space (the worst case scenario), the sledge hammer attack saw the chain crack in two blows, and fail entirely after three.

Our 115mm angle grinder cut the square links (which are 10.2-11.4mm thick) in a fairly short time.

 

Resistance to attack: padlock

It’s much stronger than the chain, but the padlock showed signs of damage reasonably quickly, so we continued to hammer it on the anvil, finding that it shattered in 2 minutes 43 seconds. It’s still tough for such a small lock, and attacking it with an angle grinder saw the 10mm-thick shackle cut through with more effort than the chain, so overall the chain is the most vulnerable area.

To understand how best to use your lock, click here

 

 

BIKESOCIAL TEST RESULTS

Product: Squire Immense with SS50CS padlock

Size tested: 1.2m

Weight as tested: 4.07kg

Rolled diameter: 20cm

Bolt cropper attack: AVERAGE

Sledge hammer attack: POOR

Angle grinder attack: AVERAGE

 

Conclusion

As a relatively light and portable chain and padlock, the Squire Immense and SS50CS is a useful deterrent, particularly when you bike’s parked in busy areas. The sledge hammer attack is disappointing, but keep the chain tight and off the ground (as you should with all chains) and this attack becomes irrelevant.

While the bolt cropper attack gains an average rating, it’s at the higher end, and required a lot of work to get through, so this is still a tough lock that will deter all but th emost determined thief.

To see the other chains and locks tested by BikeSocial, click here

 

Find out how and why we did this test

Consumer editor John Milbank explains how you can get the best out of your chain and lock, and how this test was done

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