The automatic brake system in the new Core 12 EVO is an amazing innovation:
1. Push pin system brakes – still available with the lower cost Pure 8 and Pure 10 – are effective but the automatic brakes on the Core 12 EVO are much easier to use.
2. You can't forget to release the brakes on the descent. Switching into descent mode automatically releases the brakes. On the previous version, you had to separately release the brakes. It was easy to forget. With the Core 12 EVO, the brakes will always deploy, no matter how distracted or forgetful you are.
3. These two benefits are achieved without impacting one of the central features that makes our bindings so much better than others: Unlike 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 bulked up to hold down the brakes.
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 0.720 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 holding 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.
Constructed predominantly from alloy, the Core 12 Evo Freeride binding is solid and robust at a feather-light 360 grams – better performance at a fraction of the weight of other bindings. Go ahead, check the reviews tab.
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.
These accessories extend and enhance the performance of the Core 12 Evo:
• 70mm, 86mm, 97mm, 108mm and 120mm Crampons
• 86mm, 91mm, 97mm, 102mm, 108mm and 120mm Ski Brakes
• Two ATK toe shims reduce the ramp angle - the ATK AL12 toe shim and ATK R16A Raider Toe Plate.
Trying to decide between the various Hagan bindings? This comparison and contrast will help! Check out the Boost 12 Bindings. The toe brakes are ingenious.
Instructional VideosHOW 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:
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.