I get asked a lot: What gear do you recommend for kids? Especially this year as it looks like there will be high demand for junior alpine ski touring gear as people want to get away from the resorts. Especially if they are closed!!
Here is my answer -
This is Hagan's junior/kid gear for the upcoming season. Yes, unfortunately the Z02 Junior binding was discontinued. When I learned it was discontinued, I bought all the limited remaining stock Hagan in Austria. That went fast last winter.
Hagan didn’t do another production run as they didn’t think they could sell through minimum production number. That decision was made before Coronavirus. It might have been different after!
The decision to stop the Z02 Junior binding was partly because we now have the Pure 8 Junior binding. The Z02 Junior had the advantage of working with regular downhill boots.
The only difference between the regular Pure 8 and the Pure 8 junior is the junior has a much longer length adjustment track, enough for about 5 full boots sizes, to accommodate rapidly growing kids. So the trick/hurdle as always is finding a tech fitted boot that is small enough. They are unavailable, far as I know, below 21.5 in off the shelf boots. Our smallest boots, the Hagan Core Pro and Pure W are 23.0.
Pair the Pure 8 Junior binding with our Boost Junior ski and matching skins. The Boost Junior is designed for kids - wide enough to offer float in soft snow while having sufficient sidecut to encourage carving.
Some kids may want to consider one of our Ultra, Pure or Core series skis. They come in lengths as short as 148cm for the Ultra 77, 152 for the Ultra 82 and 154cm for the Ultra 87. The Pures are as short as 140 for the Pure 75 and 148 for the Pure 83. The Core Lite 84 is as short as 148cm.
The Ultras and Core Lite 84 are considerably lighter for their size than the Boost Jr.
Please feel free to call or write with questions.
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Here is a small trick/tip to make it much easier:
2020/8/19 Update: Just received word that three of our new products received awards from Backcountry Magazine.
Hagan backcountry skis win a ton of awards. Which is especially impressive given we don't submit our skis to many reviews. Here's a sampling: BOOST 99 – Backline Magazine Test Winner (First Place), Backcountry Magazine Editors Choice award. BOOST 94 – Montagnes Magazine "Very Clear First Place" CORE 89 – World Ski Test "First Place"
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