5 Stars By SinnerForgivn on 2015-12-29
Great little locks at a great price!
This is a completely unbiased review; I didn't receive any discount on these locks nor did I receive them for free. I absolutely love them! I ordered the bright green to make my bags more identifiable. I was flying out of state for the holidays but I didn't have any locks for my bags; because of some of the stuff I was flying with a lock was a necessity. I bought one black Forge TSA lock and a two-pack of the green Forge TSA locks. They're super easy to recode to whatever three-digit combination you want to use. Hefty little locks, definitely a quality product. There were a few reasons I purchased these: first, the BRIGHT color (I used the black lock inside my suitcase) was a definite plus for me. Second, the combination could be changed to something I wanted. Third, it's a TSA-approved lock so that TSA can use their master key to open your bag if they need to inspect it without cutting the lock off. And, fourth and lastly, if TSA does use their master key to inspect your bag the only way to remove their master key is by locking the lock again. This makes it much less likely for TSA to lose your lock or not lock your suitcase back up since they can't take their key out until it's closed again.
I highly recommend this lock. Enough so that, when I got to my final destination, I ordered one more lock (I bought another piece of luggage so another lock was necessary). Not only that but I also recommended them to my family...they liked them enough on inspection that they ordered two two-packs. Worth the money if you're traveling, even if you're not flying, and not expensive enough to break the bank. Buy these with confidence!!
5 Stars By Alan M. Glasser on 2016-12-20
Good product, easy to use and meet U.S. requirement if using locks on luggage
WOW...did these work GREAT! We recently took a 19 day trip to 7 Central and Eastern European countries, used these locks and had NO security problems at all. They are easy to use and are solidly made. We also used them with bungy cords when we were on trains between countries and felt that our bags were secure even though they were out of sight. We locked them with bungy cords and these locks to the posts in the baggage area. There were no problems anyway, but we felt better having things locked up...especially since we are "seniors" and had our medications in the luggage. I would definitely recommend these and we may buy more for our next trip if we need an additional bag or 2.
5 Stars By Al Wahz Hapi on 2016-08-04
The only way to make these locks better is to teach them to slap the TSA thieves for you!
Good product for the job. They are small locks that don't feel flimsy. They meet the TSA requirements and discourage TSA theft. We found that we kept them on our bags when leaving the hotel for the same reason.
The only possible improvement might be luminescent paint on the numbers. It seems I'm always opening bags in dim light when barely awake.
5 Stars By Bluemoon on 2016-07-16
Sturdy and easy to use.
These locks are sturdy and easy to use. We used these locks on our recent trip overseas. One lock was removed presumably by TSA but was not returned. The luggage had a note inside from TSA confirming that they inspected the luggage. Guess they kept the lock. Used the other lock for the rest of our trip without any issues. I also purchased similar locks from Smarttrip for the same trip. Those were problematic and stayed in the open position after a couple uses. I'm returning those locks and replacing them with these locks made by Forge.
5 Stars By Ray0603 on 2016-05-05
Very good quality lock at a less expensive price than name brand locks.
Very good quality locks. They are sturdy and solid, not plastic as others seem to be. For my daughter's luggage I purchased two locks at a brand name luggage store. Those cost almost 2X more and these Forge locks are as good as those. As a matter of fact, the shackle on these are a little thicker, but they easily fit into the zippers lock slot. Setting the combination on both locks took less than one minute. I recommend these locks to anyone
5 Stars By Grebi on 2016-09-01
Will personally recommend them to family and friends who travel a lot.
Wow. As good as I hoped, if not better. I purchased the lime green locks for "visibility" & intend to use them on flights to Mexico. They were extremely easy to set to my own combination, using the package instructions. I can't attest to the functionality of the
Open Alert Indicator" as I do not have a TSA tool to try it out, nor have I traveled with the locks, as of yet. The diameter of the hasp is the perfect size for any zip-closure bags I might use. While it was suggested that you take a photo of your combination, while it is in place, to avoid forgetting it, I found that it was difficult to catch the numbers on the dials with indoor lighting, so I just wrote the 3 numbers down on a piece of paper & took a picture of the paper. An additional plus to this purchase was the receipt of an email from the company, Forge, letting me know that my purchase was appreciated & stating that any issues with the locks (to include damage in shipment) would be gladly taken care of by the company. I valued the personal attention to a customer and hope that this ideology & practice is continued. I also learned, from the email, that Forge is a "start up" company, and I am always happy to purchase from new companies with good products & keep my fingers crossed that others are too, so that the company is still in business the next time I want to buy from them.
If I had any 'negatives" on these locks, it would be that they (like too many items available these days, whether on line or in stores) are manufactured in China. I realize that this helps keeps the costs lower, but frankly, after having these locks in hand, I would've been glad to pay double the price I did. The Forge locks were very economically priced, especially in comparison to some of the others available, which are also likely made in China. Perhaps, if someday the US reestablishes its ability to manufacture quality items, Forge will manufacture their products in the US.
That said, I still recommend the locks, and will personally recommend them to family and friends who travel a lot.
4 Stars By Amy J. on 2017-02-04
Good initially, though possibly faulty
These locks were ideal for a recent trip. I was able to use four or five times until one would not open. We hadn't reset the code and had no prior issue opening, so didn't anticipate this happening. We weren't able to unlock, so had to cut the zip on the suitcase. As it needed replacing, it wasn't a huge loss, but am glad it hadn't happened on the other. Before this issue, I was very pleased with the quality and was able to tell the lock had been inspected. Not sure if TSA opening had anything to do with not being able to open, but probably won't use the other to be on the safe side. Based on the other positive reviews, I may have just received a dud lock.
5 Stars By SolStyle on 2017-02-10
AWESOME LOCKS AND ATTENTIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE!
I only used this for one trip and the locks worked great! I was super nervous flying to CO and having to check in my snowboarding gear. I love that the locks have a pop up to tell you if TSA opens your bag and they most certainly did. TSA also put a note in my bag saying they opened it, but I knew from the red indicator pop up.
Great price for a reliable product. I would definitely purchase again or for friends and family as gifts.
5 Stars By Delver B. Smith on 2017-07-31
These will be my luggage locks from now on.
These sturdy locks might be a little heavy for some, but they do the job very well, coming in a number of colors for easy identification. Not only that but the numbers are easier to see than many other locks, which makes them a big plus for me. Changing the combinations is explained best on-line, and I recommend that because many folks probably leave them at 0-0-0, which doesn't secure your luggage much. I bought two packs for a total of four locks, and I might buy more for other luggage. I give them a five even though some folks might not like their weight. The quality, I believe, out weighs that feature.
5 Stars By Longhorn Lover on 2016-09-22
I like that these locks seem more secure than other locks
I received my Forge locks two days ago. So far, I'm quite happy. Setting my code was super easy (you know, once I THOROUGHLY read the instructions). I love that I get to set my own code because I suck at remembering preset codes. I chose this lock set over a different, comparably-priced set for two reasons. First--and this is silly--but I love the idea of these neon green locks on my purple luggage. But the main reason I went with this set is because of how the TSA-alert-notice-button thingy resets. On both sets of locks I considered, a little red button pops up to let you know if TSA has used their magic key to bypass your locks and rifle through your bags. The point of this notice is so you can check your bag right away to make sure nothing is missing. (Not to say that TSA is going to steal your stuff. But they're only human and, hey, you don't buy luggage locks unless you're worried about people taking your stuff, you know?) Anyway, to reset the other set I looked at, you insert something like a paperclip into a little hole, and the red notice button thingy resets. TSA likely is not going to take the time to reset this notice, but I don't like the idea that anyone with a paperclip and a little knowledge--because this form of reset appears very common--could reset the button and I would never know they were in my luggage. With THIS lock, however, you can only reset the notice thingy by entering in the right code. Which means no one but me can reset the notice. I like that extra boost of security.
5 Stars By Plover on 2016-03-20
This is a great little lock
This is a great little lock! I just used for the first time on a trip and it performed as expected. The combination is easy to set and change. I like the fact that the NSA can't reset the notification button, and my bags were never disturbed.
5 Stars By The Pitt Family on 2017-08-09
The only lock I'll buy from now on!
I don't know why I didn't get these locks sooner! Finally a lock I can read without my readers on! I've attached a picture of my old lock (where you have to try to line up the correct numbers with the small white line) and the new lock where the numbers are easier to read and in their own column for the code. And, this new lock automatically resets the TSA red button (if they had to open the lock) but you unlocking it. No more trying to remember the secret way to reset the stupid thing. It's also feels sturdier than my previous lock.
5 Stars By Randall on 2017-03-22
Great locks, great support, great company.
The Forge TSA locks are a great product backed by a great business that truly supports its products and warranties. I purchased a 2 pack last year and have travelled a lot using them. On one trip returning to the US TSA somehow stuffed one lock rendering it unusable, (I wish I knew what they did and how). On contacting Forge Life LLC, and explaining what happened, a refund was issued and I was advised that I could purchase another set of locks, hopefully, a set of theirs. Well, I knew the product was great, I knew that their customer service was second to none and that their lifetime warranty was actually supported. So, yes, I purchased another 2 pack and would recommend these locks from this company to anyone who needs luggage locks.
5 Stars By Mandy R on 2017-05-16
sturdy locks, great for checking luggage
Worked as advertised! Highly recommend the locks with the metal locking loop (I thought the wire cables may be too easy to cut). I used the locks to check in a rolling duffel bag and a backpack. I felt confident the contents would be safe due to the sturdiness of these locks. They also have a feature that lets you know if they were opened by the governing transportation association (I flew internationally), by having a little red button that pops up if it was opened by the TSA and retracts when opened when using the combo set for the lock.
5 Stars By Boxermom on 2017-02-13
Great to know if TSA looked into your luggage!
I love that I can see them easily even in low light. I had my first test on the locks going to Ushuaia, the pop out feature works, I could tell that they searched my one bag but not the other. I like this feature, just because I like to know if someone was digging around in my luggage so I know to check it real quick before leaving the airport, especially when traveling in other countries. Easy to set up the lock code. Licks are smooth and click right into place when turning the numbers. I bought 2 sets I liked them so much.
5 Stars By kim oconnor on 2017-01-05
Great Little Locks
I've been using these (this brand) of locks for years and have never had an issue either with them failing or in being non-TSA compliant. They're simple to set and accurate when unlocking. I particularly like the lime green color (which is hi-vis) because it matches luggage tags (BlueCosto Flexible PVC Luggage Tags Suitcase Bag Labels - Fluorescent Green, 4 Pieces). Together, they make my flat black bag completely identifiable from a distance.
4 Stars By Ron Chrislip on 2017-07-13
Locks Don't Match Picture
After returning the locks with the silver dial and silver numbers, I reordered again and received the correct locks with black dial and white numbers. Much easier to read !!
The picture is very misleading, I bought these cause they are supposed to be "easy reading". That is not the case cause the locks I received don't have white numbers on the black dial that the picture clearly shows. Need a magnifying glass to see the silver numbers!!
5 Stars By Larry D. Meek on 2016-04-14
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Initially ordered two (2), two (2) packs. One of the four (4) locks was defective. Called Forge and they IMMEDIATELY issued a credit for the full amount of one two(2) pack. I re-ordered as I needed a matching color set and the replacement set worked great. Cannot say enough about the customer service received and how promptly everything was handled. I am a satisfied customer and would recommend FORGE locks to anyone.
It is good to see a company stand behind their product without a hassle! PS: I ordered two additional locks last week.
4 Stars By Lester on 2016-10-25
Very good locks.
Locks work fine once combination is set. It may be me but I did have a problem setting the combination for the first of the four locks. The lock would not lock itself like it did not recognize the combination set, or it may have defective. I contacted Forge who suggested the lock may have been defective and quickly offered a single lock refund. Forge is very understanding and Pro customer.
5 Stars By Jennifer on 2016-05-30
Sturdy and Noticeable
Wonderful locks! We recently traveled to France and these held up perfectly. We have red luggage with bright green tags so we wanted something that would stand out and show that our lock was indeed still on the bag (my mom and dad had a TSA lock that was either removed or broken off and not immediately noticeable). I can't say for sure whether or not the open indicator works since ours never popped and there was not a sheet in our bags saying that they had been opened. I would purchase these again if I ever needed more.