January 13, 2022 5 min read
Here's a little help.
The heels are identical except - very big except - the Boost 12 brakes aren't on the heels. They are on the toes!
They look a little strange. Weird even. Heel-mounted brakes being the standard, you know. So why depart from standard? Wouldn't you rather just go with the flow and blend in with the crowd. You wouldn't want to be unusual and stick out, would you? That would take a bit of open-mindedness and courage. Who has that? Even if there are advantages, big advantages, to going your own way.
Here are four reasons the Hagan Boost 12 bindings have front mounted brakes - and the big advantages of the Boost 12 brake system. Astute ski tourers will figure it out. You don't need to let the oblivious in on the secret:
There are also differences in the toe pieces. Most of those differences (other than the brakes, obviously) are the same as those between the Pure 8/10 and the Core 12 Pro.
There are differences in both the heel and toe.
Heel: There are two risers (for five climbing heights) on the Core 12 Pro and Boost 12 versus one riser (for three positions) on the Pure 10. The Core 12 Pro/Boost 12 risers are magnetic – a little easier to flip. The Core 12 Pro/Boost 12 have 25 mm length adjustment where the Pure 8/10 has 20 mm. And of course the Core 12 Pro/Boost 12 have a higher Z-value (DIN) range of 5-12 versus the 5-10 of the Pure 10 (or 3-8 of the Pure 8). All have the Elastic Response System.
If you think you may want to set the release below a DIN 5, then consider the Pure 8. The Pure 8 is identical to the Pure 10 but with a 3-8 DIN range.
Freeride spacers are only compatible with the Core 12 Pro and Boost 12 and increase downhill performance to near alpine binding levels, at a fraction of the weight of hybrid bindings like the Shift.
Toe: The Core 12 Pro toe piece has a wider mounting plate, snow-block anti-icing system and uphill retention adjustment.The Pure 8/10 is about 50 grams lighter than the Core 12 Pro.
You have to decide whether the extra climbing heights, increased adjustment range and toe features are worth the extra weight. Personally, I prefer the Pure 8/10 despite those features of the Core 12 Pro. If you aren’t a weight weenie like me, you may prefer the Core 12 Pro.
INTEGRATED CRAMPON HOOKS ®: the included and removable crampon hooks integrate into the base of the toe piece for extreme rigidity and lightness!!
MATERIALS: Aluminum alloy, Injection-molded POM thermo-plastic, Stainless steel
TOE PIECES: The Core 12 Pro toe piece has a wider mounting plate, snow-block anti-icing system and uphill retention adjustment.
RISERS: Two magnetic flaps on the Core 12 provide 5 climbing positions, a single flap on the Pure 10 provides 3.
LENGTH ADJUSTMENT: 20mm for the Pure 10, 25mm for the Core.
RELEASE RANGE: Pure 10 is DIN 5-10, Core 12 is DIN 5-12.
I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other. If you want the lightest weight, the Pure 10 is fantastic. If you want a few more features and climbing heights and don’t mind the extra weight, the Core 12 Pro is great. If you want the always active brakes so you don't need to worry about losing a ski, get the Boost 12.
Hagan bindings are made by ATK in Italy. Up until recently, we were the only brand to import ATK bindings into the U.S. Now Black Diamond distributes ATK bindings in the U.S.
You could buy from Black Diamond or one of the many Black Diamond retailers. (Many more than Hagan.)
Why purchase a Hagan version of an ATK binding instead?
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