I'm looking for a lock that i can store on me while i ride, something that is light weight, small and works.
I used to have a good gun lock that had 5/16th steel cable but i left it at the mountain on a rack, thats the second time i've done that and i've grown tired of having to go back and retrieve it.
anyone have some decent products they know of?
Most snowboard locks on the market are just deterrents... anyone with a pair of wirecutters can cut the steel cables in a few seconds. I've heard of bike thieves hiding a 22" cutter (capable of cutting 5/16" steel cable) in their jacket sleeve.
Of course that is a few more second for them to be noticed and in general I believe board theft is an opportunistic crime. With that in mind virtually any lock is good enough.
I don't remember if it was last year or the year before but I had one of the small Dakine cable locks. It was nice because it was compact and fit in my pocket. However, one day I couldn't get it to unlock while my board was attached to a rack. I was able to pry the plastic body open on the rack itself and get my board free. Surprisingly, nobody even questioned me while I did it.
My point in bringing this up is this: If you're going to invest in a theft deterrent, I would avoid the plastic housing style locks. I had my board free in under a minute.
Going with a self-coiling style lock like what Rider161 posted above would be choice, even if it is slightly heavier to carry around.