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February 19, 2021 3 min read

Trying to decide between the Pure 10 and the Core 12 Pro and not sure of the differences?

Here's a little help.

 

There are differences in both the heel and toe.

 

Heel: There are two risers (for five climbing heights) on the Core 12 Pro versus one riser (for three positions) on the Pure 10. The Core 12 Pro risers are magnetic – a little easier to flip. The Core 12 Pro has 25 mm length adjustment where the Pure 8/10 has 20 mm. And of course the Core 12 Pro has 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 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.

Hagan Pure 10 alpine touring binding

PURE 10 FEATURES

WEIGHT: 280 grams.
REVOLUTIONARY SKI-BRAKE: incredibly light and easy to operate; two positions (retracted for uphill and released for downhill) via pushing a catch lever. See the short videos for brake operation. 
ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM:an elastic sliding system in the heel allows unrestrained flex of the ski during compression and excellent skiing performance. 
SKI BRAKE ELASTIC SLIDE:integrated in the ski-brake pad to keep the lateral release value of the binding fixed. 
SKI BRAKE: included, with sizes 75, 86, 91, 97, 102, 108 and 120 mm to provide the perfect fit with any ski model. 
HEEL FLAP WITH RISER: intuitive heel flap system provides 3 different walking modes: FLAT MODE, + 36 mm and +50 mm.
CAM HEEL RELEASE SYSTEM® (Adjustable Release 3-8): a cam system which drives the Vertical release (My) of the binding in case of a fall. The cam system is extremely precise and reliable, and at the same time very light and small.
ROTATIONAL SYSTEM (Adjustable Release 3-8): this patented system provides the side release (Mz) adjustment.
20 mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel part enables fast adjustment in case of boot substitution (up to 2 full sizes).

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

PURE 10 AND CORE 12 PRO DIFFERENCES

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 lighter weight, the Pure 10 is good. If you want a few more features and don’t mind the extra weight, the Core 12 Pro is good.
Michael Hagen
Michael Hagen


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