The new Hagan skimo race suits are here. They look sharp and are super functional: wind resistant (and surprisingly warm) interior skin pockets, two exterior pockets, small zippered ID/phone pocket, reflective piping and patches to keep you safe in pre-dawn and post-sunset training, integrated hoods. The graphic design is similar to last year, slightly simplified. The material on the lower legs is a bit lighter than last year, although a large section of abrasion resistant material remains on the lower inside legs to ward off cuts from boots and ski edges.
Although built for racing, race suits aren't limited to racing. They make a fantastic training outfit - as a base layer when it is cold and with a light jacket and maybe over-shorts when warm. Thinking a skimo race suit is for racing only is like thinking a bike jersey is for racing only. The Hagan skimo race suit is superb at keeping you comfortable without bulk: it keeps snow out of your boots and in the event of spills prevents snow from going down your waist and neck.
And nothing says "self-assured" like heading to the coffee shop wearing one of these after training or racing!
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Lou Dawson at Wildsnow tested and positively reviewed the ATK Raider 12 2.0 all mountain touring binding, which Hagan is making available in the U.S. and worldwide as the Hagan Core binding. The Hagan Core is blue and black to match the Hagan Core alpine touring boot and Hagan Core series of skis. (In my humble opinion, the Hagan Core looks better than the ATK Raider 12 2.0, but that is personal preference.)
There is a lot more effort and expense to "making available" than simply changing the colors — including insurance (a huge expense), distribution, warranty and service support — but that is a subject for another blog post.
Read Lou's Wildsnow review here: https://www.wildsnow.com/22367/atk-raider-12-2-review-ski-binding/
The Hagan Core binding is an entirely new binding from Hagan, designed in conjunction with ATK and a significant improvement on the ATK Raider 12. The Hagan Core is a high performance Freeride and All Mountain touring binding. While specifically designed with our Core series skis in mind (with colors that match beautifully), the Core will also work superbly with our Boost freeride skis and Ride tour classic skis.