How many times have you worried if someone may be tampering with your bike, your fishing gear, or other outdoor equipment while you are having fun? The fact is, most of us value our outdoor gear and have invested a lot into it.
Because our gear is worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars, we’re walking around with highly exposed valuables when we head out on our weekend fishing trips, family getaways – or even just when we bike to work, to class, or to go out with friends.
Unfortunately, cables and contemporary locks aren’t enough protection. The bike industry alone experiences 1.5 million thefts per year in the US. How many millions are we losing on total gear theft each year?
Guess what guys? We need to make gear protection smarter! We need to up our game instead of leaving our hard-earned equipment vulnerable every time we try to go out and enjoy our lives.
Like many innovations, goLock is the product of necessity. My family and I are outdoor enthusiasts ourselves, so naturally, we’ve collected a lot of gear over the years. Our 2013 trip to the Texas Coast was the last straw for me. It was that moment I knew I had to find a solution.
We loaded our Hobie Fishing Kayaks and fishing gear into our trailer and headed out to what was supposed to be a break from it all. But, everywhere we went, from restaurants we stopped at on the way, to our hotel room, I never had a clear view of our trailer. So – you’ve probably done this yourself – I spent a lot of my vacation worrying about our gear being stolen. We had to haul the yeti cooler and fishing equipment (not light stuff) back and forth to the hotel room and chained down the kayaks each night. It was like having to work a part-time job – on our vacation!
I kept thinking, if only I could just look at the app on my phone to easily monitor if my gear was being tampered with instead of having to constantly worry about it. I was running out to the parking lot while my family and I were enjoying lunch and thinking more about theft than the next redfish I was going to catch.
When we got back to Austin, I started looking for an outdoor security system that would give me the peace of mind I craved. I wanted a lock that would have:
- A hard to cut cable in a longer length to guard multiple items at once
- An alarm that would go off if the gear was tampered with, deterring thieves
- Most importantly – an alarm at the site and an app that would immediately alert me via my smartphone and provide a quick call option to the police if needed
Long story short – there wasn’t anything on the market that even came close. So, in May 2014, goLock™ was born. Along with an amazing team of engineers, we created goLock VENTURE™, our first product. It’s a smart outdoor gear security system, full with a powerful lock, cable options, and a blaringly loud alarm at the site alerting everyone in the area a possible theft is occurring. And it is connected to your smartphone through the goLock app so you are informed the moment there’s a problem.
Now that’s how you Guard Your Gear.