January 22, 2016 1 min read
How is your Austrian reading comprehension? Give it a test with this review of the Hagan Core ST alpine touring boot.
December 30, 2015 1 min read 2 Comments
I don't have a "reviews" section on the website. (It is on my 'to do' list. Update: Done!) In the meantime, reviews and feedback written as "comments" on this blog post are greatly appreciated!
Hagan Ski USA is just me, with a little help from Eva. If you like your Hagan skis, please suggest to your friends and acquaintances that they consider them. Word of mouth referrals are my most affordable and most effective way of getting people to consider Hagan.
December 17, 2015 1 min read
The new Hagan skimo race suits are here. They look sharp and are super functional: wind resistant (and surprisingly warm) interior skin pockets, two exterior pockets, small zippered ID/phone pocket, reflective piping and patches to keep you safe in pre-dawn and post-sunset training, integrated hoods.
December 14, 2015 1 min read
10-second video showing the 60° ankle articulation of the Hagan Core ski touring boot with upper cuff open and closed. 60° ankle rotation means virtually unrestricted ankle movement. Not shown is use of the ski/walk mechanism, a simple slide up and down of the knob on the back of the boot.
November 28, 2015 2 min read
Tom Diegel wrote a humorous, perhaps persuasive, article for those contemplating ski mountaineering racing — or appalled at the thought — on his blog: Is Skimo as silly as it seems?
Here is an excerpt: You have probably seen them: the skinny guys wearing the neon yellow boots with almost no buckles, carrying too-long poles and tiny packs, on kid-sized skis with toy bindings…..and going past you remarkably fast up skin tracks. “Ah” you think, as you step aside to let them swish past. “Skimo guy. Dork!"
But perhaps there’s an inkling roaming in the back of your mind, that you almost dare not acknowledge: Is it possible to actually ski on that gear?
In a word... Yes!
November 06, 2015 1 min read
Glue climbing skins are a hassle: the glue gets contaminated, they are difficult to separate, re-gluing is expensive and messy. Vacuum skins solve all that. But earlier attempts had issues. They failed to stick to your skis. That's not good.
Hagan solved that. Introducing our brand new, exclusive dual zone adhesive (vacuum) climbing skins. Read on to see why you want them, and once you get them, you will never go back to that messy glue.
November 05, 2015 1 min read
This video shows how to easily switch, using just your poles, between the heel locked down and the four touring modes of the Z01, Z02 and Z02 Junior Bindings. Plus how to use the integrated crampon.
August 26, 2015 1 min read
I am happy to announce the new Hagan Ski USA website and online store. Hagan makes the world's largest collection of backcountry skiing gear: skis, bindings, poles and skins. New this year is our first alpine ski touring boot — the Core TF and ST! If your local retailer doesn't carry a particular item, contact me.
The website is still rough around the edges, with a lot of work remaining. Please contact me if something on this website doesn't function properly or if you have suggestions.