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Coming Soon! Pre-order now at a pre-arrival discount to save and get them soonest! Enter discount code HSMDC12EVO to save $100. Only until the bindings arrive!

The Best Of binding has evolved and improved!

The Core 12 EVO is the new and improved version of the Core 12 Pro. As the name implies, the Core 12 EVO is an improvement on the Pro. The push pin brakes are updated to a new automatic brake system.

While the push pin system is effective and quite easy to operate (and still available with the lower cost Pure 8 and Pure 10), the semi-automatic brakes are easier. There is one other advantage of the new brakes - and it is a big and important one. You can't forget to release the brakes on the descent. Switching into descent mode automatically puts the brakes into "ready" mode. On the Pro version, you had to remember to release the brakes. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who frequently forgot. Fortunately, I never lost a ski. With the Core 12 EVO, the brakes will always deploy, no matter how distracted or forgetful you are.

The new Core 12 EVO bindings will be arriving soon. They can be pre-ordered now. Initial supplies will be in very limited quantities. Pre-orders will receive priority fulfillment. Can't wait for the new Core 12 EVOs? Check out the Boost 12 Bindings. The toe brakes are ingenious – and because I ordered plenty, they are now available at big sale savings.

Trying to decide between the Boost 12 and Core 12 EVO? This will help!

Blister Gear Reviews Best of 2021 Award for ATK R12 / Hagan Core 12 Pro binding

2021 Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice!

Precise, Light, Fully Featured

Everything you want and need in a free touring binding: easy step in, cleanly integrated brakes and crampon slots, release value range up to 12, superb downhill performance, 3 climbing positions, independent vertical and horizontal release. All at an impressive 0.674 Kg per pair!

Exceptional performance, robust construction and a full set of features – at remarkably low weight. That is the Hagan Core 12 EVO.

        • Wide toe and heel mounts precisely transfer power. The patented E.R.S. ® (Elastic Response System) system absorbs energy resulting in consistent release values while allowing the ski to flex naturally under compression for improved downhill performance. The heel pivots rotationally to provide consistent release and retention. 

          The unique - and patented - CAM heel system adjusts to impact forces, providing far better control and skiing precision than simple U Forks. The system ensures accurate, adjustable control of the release tension while maintaining very easy step in and solid power transfer. The design uses a CAM profile pressed against the heel pins by a pre-tensioned spring. When a fall requires vertical release, the CAM profile provides precise resistance to the pins.  

          Magneto® heel climbing aids are easily flippable for two climbing positions plus flat mode. Twist the heel easily in either direction - because the heel tower doesn't have the double duty of retracting the brakes. Unlike all other tech bindings, the brakes are ingeniously held in retracted position by a separate mechanism, not by the heel tower itself. So the heel tower is light, not having to be beefed (and weighted) up to hold down the brakes.

          Adjustable toe clamping force creates more secure uphill retention than other tech bindings, especially as boot tech inserts wear. Toe step-in is easy. Integrated crampon hooks allow stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones. Two types of ATK toe shims are available if you would like to reduce the ramp angle - the ATK AL12 toe shim and ATK R16A Raider Toe Plate

          Constructed predominantly from alloy, the Core 12 Evo Freeride binding is solid and robust at a feather-light 370 grams – better performance at a fraction of the weight of other bindings. Go ahead, check the reviews tab.

      • 2021 Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice
        Core 12 Pro improvements on the Five Star-rated Core 12:
        1. The toe has a much wider mounting base, uphill retention adjustment, toe guides and "snow block" design to prevent snow infiltration and icing.
        2. The rear mounted brake is robust, easy to operate and lighter.
        3. Optional Freeride Spacers make the Core 12 Pro identical to the ATK FR14, other than the 5-12 release range.

        Reviews of the previous Core 12, before the Pro improvements!
        Backcountry Magazine:
        • "In spite of its infinitesimal weight, the Core 12 packs a bevy of punches that put other diminutive tech bindings on the ropes."
        • "This is a full-function, lightweight and solid binding," said our tech editor.
        • "Felt as powerful and stable as any tech offerings on the market, only being outperformed downhill by the Shift," another opined. My note: the Shift, without crampon mounts, weights 2.9 TIMES as much as the Core 12 Pro.
        Blister Gear Reviews:
        • I felt more confident skiing hard downhill on it than on any other binding in this test.
        • The only binding in this test with independently adjustable vertical and lateral release values in the heel.
        • The heel risers of this binding are easily the best in the group. Its overall performance makes it my favorite binding of the group.
        Read more here.
    • The Core 12 EVO is made for HAGAN in partnership with ATK in Italy. HAGAN partnered with ATK, well respected for quality, craftsmanship and functionality, to bring what we feel are their best products to North America. The Core 12 Pro is identical to the ATK Raider 12 / R12 other than (a nicer) color and includes six ATK patents. Available ATK AL13 Freeride spacers /stomp plates spacers increase precision and power transmission to Alpine race binding levels.


      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings CAM Elastic Response System ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM: an elastic sliding system in the heel allows unrestrained flex of the ski during compression and excellent skiing performance.

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings CAM Release System CAM RELEASE SYSTEM®: stabilizes the heel pins and provides the typical torsional stiffness of ATK® bindings.

      INDEPENDENT RELEASE VALUES: fully adjustable VERTICAL (My) and LATERAL (Mz) release systems (5-12).

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Magnetic Heel Flaps Riser system HEEL FLAP WITH RISER: the updated Magneto Heel Flaps® provide 3 different climbing heights. Switching between two is easily done with your ski pole.

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Easy Entry System Easy Entry System®: new geometry of the toe makes step-in easy and confident with any tech boot available on the market, even in case of worn out soles.

      25mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel enables fast adjustment for boot substitution (up to 3 full sizes).

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Snow Pack Proof Snow Block System SNOW BLOCK TOE®: prevents snow/ice infiltration and also limits snow build up on the toe piece.

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Uphill Hardness Variator Uphill Retention Adjustment System U.H.V.® System (Up-hill Hardness Variator): Uphill retention adjustment system built into the toe. It compensates for boot insert wear and tear, provides a proper locking strength for each user and reduces the pressures on the locking mechanism.

      CRAMPON SLOTS: built in.

      SKI-BRAKE: The new rear ski brake is light, easy to use and strong. The unique system switches to downhill mode simply by pressing a button. No twisting of the heal piece. Brake retention independent of the heel tower allows the heel tower to focus, without interference from the brakes, on retention and release - and be much lighter. 86, 91, 97, 102, 108 and 120 mm sizes provide the perfect fit with any ski mode. See the How to Videos for brake operation.

      SKI-BRAKE ELASTIC SLIDE: integrated in the ski-brake pad for minimal lateral release impact.

      Optional ATK AL09 freeride spacers / stomp pads increase precision and power transmission to an Alpine racing binding level.

      Pure 10 EVO and Core 12 EVO Differences

      TOE PIECES: The Core 12 Pro toe piece has a wider mounting plate, snow-block anti-icing system and uphill retention adjustment.
      LENGTH ADJUSTMENT: 20mm for the Pure 10 EVO, 25mm for the Core 12 EVO.
      RELEASE RANGE: Pure 10 EVO is DIN 5-10, Core 12 EVO is DIN 5-12.
  • 70mm, 86mm, 97mm, 108mm and 120mm Crampons

    86mm, 91mm, 97mm, 102mm, 108mm and 120mm Ski Brakes

    Freeride Spacer  ATK AL13 Freeride Spacer


  • Instructional Videos

    HOW TO OPERATE THE BRAKES ON YOUR CORE 12 EVO BINDINGS:

     

    HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CORE 12 EVO BINDINGS: The new Hagan Core 12 EVO bindings are the result of careful design studies and the application of the most innovative mechanical processing techniques. They meet the fundamental requirements of demanding ski tourers common to all Hagan products: lightness, performance and reliability. Thorough knowledge of the binding is necessary to make the most of the Core 12 EVO's functionality. In this video, ATK's Davide Indulti provides all the secrets of the Core 12 Pro/ATK R12/FR14, including useful suggestions for optimal use of your bindings. (Davide is Italian and our bindings are Italian-made. If your Italian isn't molto buono, use closed captioning.)

     

     

    How to adjust the heel length and retention values:

    (Notes: 1. This video is of the prior Core 12/Raider 12 model, but the steps are the same. 2. The labeling of the heel adjustment steps is in the wrong order.)

     

     

    How to use the magneto heel flaps:

     

     

    Heel Cam Release System and Easy Step In:

     

     

    Toe Easy Step In:

     

     

    Risers flipping forward when you don't want them to? There is a dead simple, "Why didn't I think of that!" solution. Stop it in one second:


     

    Brake operation:

     

    Simple - just turn the binding heel tower to climb position (pins facing backwards), step into the toe and start climbing. Your boot heel will depress the brakes into retracted position automatically! If you will be using one of the elevated heel positions, you can depress the brake before, or simply flip the heel levers after taking a step.

     

    At the top just turn the heel tower pins forward. This will release the brakes. This design enables releasing the brake at the top (climb to descend transition) just by turning the heel. It requires some flexibility, but you can release the brakes without taking off your skis!

     

    Combined with our climbing skin's tip bungee attachment system, you can quickly remove skins, release brakes and descend without getting out of the skis. It takes maybe half a second longer at the bottom, but can save minutes up top – where it is often windier and colder – and minimizes the chance of a lost ski. 

     

        • Wide toe and heel mounts precisely transfer power. The patented E.R.S. ® (Elastic Response System) system absorbs energy resulting in consistent release values while allowing the ski to flex naturally under compression for improved downhill performance. The heel pivots rotationally to provide consistent release and retention. 

          The unique - and patented - CAM heel system adjusts to impact forces, providing far better control and skiing precision than simple U Forks. The system ensures accurate, adjustable control of the release tension while maintaining very easy step in and solid power transfer. The design uses a CAM profile pressed against the heel pins by a pre-tensioned spring. When a fall requires vertical release, the CAM profile provides precise resistance to the pins.  

          Magneto® heel climbing aids are easily flippable for three climbing positions. Twist the heel in either direction easily - because the heel tower doesn't have the double duty of retracting the brakes.

          Adjustable toe clamping force creates more secure uphill retention than other tech bindings, especially as boot tech inserts wear. Toe step-in is easy. Integrated crampon hooks allow stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones. Two types of ATK toe shims are available if you would like to reduce the ramp angle - the ATK AL12 toe shim and ATK R16A Raider Toe Plate

          Constructed predominantly from alloy, the Core 12 Pro Freeride binding is solid and robust at a feather-light 370 grams – better performance at a fraction of the weight of other bindings. Go ahead, check the reviews tab.



      • 2021 Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice
        Core 12 Pro improvements on the Five Star-rated Core 12:
        1. The toe has a much wider mounting base, uphill retention adjustment, toe guides and "snow block" design to prevent snow infiltration and icing.
        2. The rear mounted brake is robust, easy to operate and lighter.

        Reviews of the previous Core 12, before the Pro improvements!
        Backcountry Magazine:
        • "In spite of its infinitesimal weight, the Core 12 packs a bevy of punches that put other diminutive tech bindings on the ropes."
        • "This is a full-function, lightweight and solid binding," said our tech editor.
        • "Felt as powerful and stable as any tech offerings on the market, only being outperformed downhill by the Shift," another opined. My note: the Shift, without crampon mounts, weights 2.9 TIMES as much as the Core 12 Pro.
        Blister Gear Reviews:
        • I felt more confident skiing hard downhill on it than on any other binding in this test.
        • The only binding in this test with independently adjustable vertical and lateral release values in the heel.
        • The heel risers of this binding are easily the best in the group. Its overall performance makes it my favorite binding of the group.
        Read more here.
    • The Core 12 Pro is made for HAGAN in partnership with ATK in Italy. HAGAN partnered with ATK, well respected for quality, craftsmanship and functionality, to bring what we feel are their best products to North America. The Core 12 Pro is identical to the ATK Raider 12 / R12 other than (a nicer) color and includes six ATK patents. Available ATK AL13 Freeride spacers /stomp plates increase precision and power transmission to Alpine race binding levels.


      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings CAM Elastic Response System ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM: an elastic sliding system in the heel allows unrestrained flex of the ski during compression and excellent skiing performance.

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings CAM Release System CAM RELEASE SYSTEM®: stabilizes the heel pins and provides the typical torsional stiffness of ATK® bindings.

      INDEPENDENT RELEASE VALUES: fully adjustable VERTICAL (My) and LATERAL (Mz) release systems (5-12).

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Magnetic Heel Flaps Riser system HEEL FLAP WITH RISER: the updated Magneto Heel Flaps® provide 5 different climbing heights. Switching between two is easily done with your ski pole.

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Easy Entry System Easy Entry System®: new geometry of the toe makes step-in easy and confident with any tech boot available on the market, even in case of worn out soles.

      25mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel enables fast adjustment for boot substitution (up to 3 full sizes).

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Snow Pack Proof Snow Block System SNOW BLOCK TOE®: prevents snow/ice infiltration and also limits snow build up on the toe piece.

      Hagan Core 12 Pro and ATK R12 and FR14 Alpine Touring Bindings Uphill Hardness Variator Uphill Retention Adjustment System U.H.V.® System (Up-hill Hardness Variator): Uphill retention adjustment system built into the toe. It compensates for boot insert wear and tear, provides a proper locking strength for each user and reduces the pressures on the locking mechanism.

      CRAMPON SLOTS: built in.

      SKI-BRAKE: The new rear ski brake is light, easy to use and strong. The unique system switches to downhill mode simply by pressing a button. No twisting of the heal piece. Brake retention independent of the heel tower allows the heel tower to focus, without interference from the brakes, on retention and release - and be much lighter. 86, 91, 97, 102, 108 and 120 mm sizes provide the perfect fit with any ski mode. See the How to Videos for brake operation.

      SKI-BRAKE ELASTIC SLIDE: integrated in the ski-brake pad for minimal lateral release impact.

      Optional ATK AL13 freeride spacers / stomp pads increase precision and power transmission to an Alpine racing binding level.

      Pure 10 EVO and Core 12 EVO Differences

      TOE PIECES: The Core 12 Pro toe piece has a wider mounting plate, snow-block anti-icing system and uphill retention adjustment.
      LENGTH ADJUSTMENT: 20mm for the Pure 10 EVO, 25mm for the Core 12 EVO.
      RELEASE RANGE: Pure 10 EVO is DIN 5-10, Core 12 EVO is DIN 5-12.
  • 70mm, 86mm, 97mm, 108mm and 120mm Crampons

    86mm, 91mm, 97mm, 102mm, 108mm and 120mm Ski Brakes

    Freeride Spacer ATK AL13 FREERIDE SPACER


  • Instructional Videos

     

    HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CORE 12 EVO BINDINGS: The new Hagan Core 12 EVO bindings are the result of careful design studies and the application of the most innovative mechanical processing techniques. They meet the fundamental requirements of demanding ski tourers common to all Hagan products: lightness, performance and reliability. Thorough knowledge of the binding is necessary to make the most of the Core 12 EVO's functionality. In this video, ATK's Davide Indulti provides all the secrets of the Core 12 Pro/ATK R12/FR14, including useful suggestions for optimal use of your bindings. (Davide is Italian and our bindings are Italian-made. If your Italian isn't molto buono, use closed captioning.)

     

     

    How to adjust the heel length and retention values:

    (Notes: 1. This video is of the prior Core 12/Raider 12 model, but the steps are the same. 2. The labeling of the heel adjustment steps is in the wrong order.)

     

     

    How to use the magneto heel flaps:

     

     

    Heel Cam Release System and Easy Step In:

     

     

    Toe Easy Step In:

     

     

    Risers flipping forward when you don't want them to? There is a dead simple, "Why didn't I think of that!" solution. Stop it in one second:


     

    Brake operation:

     

    Simple - just turn the binding heel tower to climb position (pins facing backwards), step into the toe and start climbing. Your boot heel will depress the brakes into retracted position automatically! If you will be using one of the elevated heel positions, you can depress the brake before, or simply flip the heel levers after taking a step.

     

    At the top just turn the heel tower pins forward. This will release the brakes. This design enables releasing the brake at the top (climb to descend transition) just by turning the heel. It requires some flexibility, but you can release the brakes without taking off your skis!


    Combined with our climbing skin's tip bungee attachment system, you can quickly remove skins, release brakes and descend without getting out of the skis. It takes maybe half a second longer at the bottom, but can save minutes up top – where it is often windier and colder – and minimizes the chance of a lost ski.