The Pure 8, Pure 10 and Core 12 brakes can be switched quite easily. It only takes about 5 minutes, at least with a little practice.
(This image is of the brake for the Ultra World Cup race binding.)
Here is a small trick/tip to make it much easier:
Use the brake retracting/locking mechanism to hold everything in place (just like you were putting the brakes into touring mode), then install the screws. The lock will hold everything in place before even a single screw is installed.
Coming in 2020, the Core 12 Pro will have the same heel mounted brakes – and a new available Freeride Spacer.
Can you remove the brakes on the Pure 8/10 and Core 12 Pro and ski without them?
Yes. This doesn't impact uphill or downhill performance, other than you could have a runaway ski. You will lighten each binding by 47 grams.
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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"
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 -
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