Originally Posted by Walt
There's an old joke about two campers out int he woods who encounter an angry bear. One of them starts putting on his running shoes, and the other one says "Why are you putting on running shoes? You're never going to be able to outrun that bear." To which the first one replies "I don't have to out run the bear, I just have to out run you."
It's that way with ski locks. With a huge rack of unlocked skis you just have to be slightly more secure than the others. It doesn't take much.
I use a ski lock but have no illusions that it will deter a determined thief. The main criteria is that be light and compact so that I don't notice it in my pocket. Sounds like your idea would be a non-starter for me.
stated perfectly. I only use a lock during peak tourist season which is when the majority of thefts occur (in steamboat anyway). I use a simple retractable cable lock. It will provide enough resistance that anyone looking to grab and go will grab the pair next to me. Also, if I am skiing with someone, we mix our pairs of skis making. Beyond that is a waste of money. If someone wants your ski's they will get them.
So if you are looking to design a lock, I would say keep it simple, lightweight, with a long flexible strong cable. Make the lock easy to work with cold hands and easy to read so you can read the numbers without glasses with good contrast/legible (some lock numbers are so small and hard to read) . I would make the lock and cable as bright as possible. Its all part of the deterrent factor. Being bombproof is really of less importance.