The new Ultra World Cup binding is our update to the extremely successful Ultra race binding -- the most popular race (and light touring) binding in America. 12 years of design and revision, and millions of vertical meters of field testing, took a binding that was almost perfect and made it more so with new "Rolling In System" U Springs.
The "Rolling In System" uses finely-machined rotating bushings for remarkably easier step in, much better durability and greatly improved release consistency.
Let's dive a bit deeper into those improvements:
The HAGAN Ultra World Cup binding is the same 110 grams as the previous version. Monolink Technology® – the Ultra toe springs are only on one side– reduces weight and complexity and increases reliability. The toe Easy Entry System uses a polymer wheel bearing to ease step in.
An improved locking lever, with added grip surface, eases locking. Most of the time you needn’t bother with that, though. The toe lever automatically snaps into a "semi-locked" position upon step in — the semi-locked position is strong enough to avoid release in less technical climbs. This auto feature saves a few valuable seconds in transition. The toe can be manually fully locked when desired.
HAGAN’s prime values are durability, performance, ease of use and value. The Ultra World Cup improves on all of them! Mount the Ultra binding on the Ultra 65 ski and you have the most dependable, highest performing ski/binding race system on the planet.
Note: All reviews before April 2020, and many after, are for the previous Ultra version without the Rolling In System springs.
The Ultra is a ski mountaineering race binding with an ultra light weight of only 110 grams. It features easy locking and unlocking of the toe piece via a polymer wheel bearing.
A hardened titanium alloy on the rear fork pins reduces wear and step in force. The Ultra includes slots for easy mounting and removal of crampon hooks. The optional crampon hooks pictured are sold separately. Lightweight aluminum crampons are available in four widths. 30mm and 60mm adjustment plates are also available. For inbound use, a lightweight universal ski brake (easily removable and reinstall-able) is also available.
"Flat mode" can be enabled by mounting the heel piece 5 to 5.5 millimeters behind the boot heel instead of the standard 4 millimeters. The rotary release uses a ball and spring mechanism. When mounted, the ball and spring are retained by the ski surface when rotated. Rotated unmounted, the ball and spring will go flying out and a long search may ensue.
Check and adjust the tightness of the Heel Pin Cover System periodically! Heel Pin Cover Plate rotation needs to be sufficiently tight so that the plate stays in place, either fully closed (uphill mode) or fully open (downhill mode). Adjust the tightness of the cover plate with a #10 Torx wrench. If the plate is too loose, it can rotate into a upright position, and subsequently break when a boot steps down on it.
Heel pin cover plate breakage is not covered under warranty, but we provide replacement cover plates at low cost.
Video showing the Seeger Tong: