Improving on the proven performance of tech bindings takes knowledge of what works and what doesn't. The Core 12 is made for HAGAN in partnership with ATK and is the same, except for color, as the ATK Raider 12 2.0. ATK is well respected for exceptionally high quality, craftsmanship and functionality and manufactures a wide variety of bindings and other alpine touring gear in Italy. HAGAN partnered with ATK to bring what we feel are their best products, serving the largest needs, to the U.S. The Core 12 has wide toe and heel mounts that more effectively transfer power to the edges of wide, freeride skis. A new 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 patented CAM heel system adjusts to impact forces, providing far better control and skiing precision than simple “U Forks.”
Touring bindings spend the majority of their time going up, and the Core 12's refined Magneto ® heel climbing aids are easily flippable with pole or hand for five (five!!) climbing positions. Two climbing positions can be selected without any need to twist the heel piece, making for far safer adjustments in precarious situations. Oh, and at only 350 grams, the Core 12 is the lightest high-performance free ride touring binding in the world!
In addition to the wide base plates and elastic heel piece, the Core 12 also features easy toe entry and quick and secure clamping that is far superior to standard tech bindings. The toe is designed for much easier step-in, even with older and worn boots. The heel piece can be turned in any direction. The ski brake is toe mounted. Not only is it incredibly easy to operate, the front mount brakes are the only system in the world that engages any time the boot is released (uphill and downhill mode), so unlike other bindings, you don't have to worry about losing a ski when the binding is in walk mode. (Ever drop a ski while putting on skins?) The brake arms are extra long with wide hooks to stop your skis quickly when they go airborne without you. Integrated crampon hooks allow stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones. All adjustments on the binding can be made with a standard Phillips screwdriver, so you can leave a few extra tools out of your pack. Psych yourself up to rip the biggest, baddest, remotest lines you can find with the Hagan Core 12 binding.
The HAGAN Core 12 mirrors the HAGAN Ultra -- the most popular race (and light touring) binding in America -- for all-mountain skis because it perfectly embodies Hagan's prime values: durability, performance, ease of use and value.
MAGNETO® HEEL FLAPS : this system provide 5 different walking position, selectable with the pole tip.
ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM®: this system absorbs energy during ski compressions and releases it during the ski extension, allowing your skis to work the way they were designed while creating consistent retention and release.
CAM HEEL SYSTEM ®: controls the hooking pins stabilization, offering extreme skiing precision.
INTEGRATED CRAMPONS HOOK®: integrated into the base of the toe piece for extreme rigidity and lightness!!
INTEGRATED FRONT-BRAKE SYSTEM®: the only ski touring brake in the world that is active in both uphill and downhill mode.