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The Hagan Core 12 Pro or the Pure 10?

February 19, 2021 3 min read 2 Comments

Hagan Pure 10 alpine touring binding

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


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


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.

2 Responses

Michael Hagen
Michael Hagen

October 25, 2021

Thanks for the question, Eric. The Pure 10 heel risers aren’t of the Magneto type, but they do fit firmly between the pins. (When in the middle climbing mode or reversed for the flat mode.) They have plenty of resistance so they don’t flap around when in the high climbing mode.

Eric Steig
Eric Steig

October 25, 2021

I’m curious whether the Pure heel riser has the nice little notches that allow it to sit firmly between the pins, so that it doesn’t flap around. The Core Pro has this and it’s really nice. (I think the Pure does not have the “Magneto” feature?)

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