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Sold Out! More arriving Fall 2020

Pre-order by September 30th and save $100 with the discount code Core12PreOrder. Pre-orders will be the first shipped when the bindings arrive this fall.

Simple, versatile, powerful

The HAGAN Core 12 is simply the best lightweight free touring binding. The revolutionary Core 12 binding improves on standard tech bindings for a better skiing, more efficient, and hassle-free backcountry binding. The Core 12 combines several ingenuous performance innovations: an extremely solid boot/ski connection, no torsional movement, precise release and great descending feel. 

Backcountry magazine gear guide select

  • "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.
  • (Note, the Shift, without crampon mounts, weights 2.7 TIMES as much as the Core 12.) 


    Blister Gear Reviews had this to say:

  •  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.


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 6 reviews Write a review

    • 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. Wide toe and heel mounts effectively 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 patented CAM heel system adjusts to impact forces, providing far better control and skiing precision than simple “U Forks.” Vertical and Horizontal release are independently adjustable. Available Freeride spacers further improve performance.

      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. At only 350 grams, the Core 12 is the lightest high-performance free ride touring binding in the world!

      The Core 12 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 deploys 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 taking off 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.

      • REVOLUTIONARY ALWAYS ACTIVE SKI-BRAKE: The brake can only stay retracted when the boot is secure in the toe. If the boot is out of the toe - whether climbing, after a fall descending or simply transitioning - the brakes will extend. The toe mounted brake is also light and easy to handle.
      • ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM: an elastic sliding system in the heel allows unrestrained flex of the ski during compression and excellent skiing performance
      • CAM RELEASE SYSTEM: stabilizes the heel pins and provides the typical torsional stiffness of ATK® bindings
      • RELEASE VALUES: fully adjustable VERTICAL (My) and LATERAL (Mz) release systems (5-10)
      • HEEL FLAP WITH RAISER: provides 3 different walking modes: FLAT MODE, +36 mm and +50 mm
      • 30 mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel part enables fast adjustment for boot substitution (up to 3 full sizes)
      • CRAMPONS SLOT: included
      • SKI-BRAKE: included with 86, 91, 97, 102, 108, and 120 mm sizes to provide the perfect fit with any ski model
      • SKI-BRAKE CAPS: co-molded, with a geometry for braking efficiency and made of Charged Nylon
    • Core 12 and Pure 10 Differences

      • Brakes: toe mounted brakes on the Core, heel mounted on the Pure. The toe pieces are similar other than the brakes.
      • Risers: Two magnetic flaps on the Core 12 provide 5 climbing positions, a single flap on the Pure 8/10 provides 3.
      • Length Adjustment: 20mm for the Pure, 30mm for the Core.
      • Release Range: Pure 10 is DIN 5-10, Core 12 is DIN 5-12.

      Core 12 Features

      MAGNETO ® HEEL RISERS: intuitive heel flap system which provides 5 different climbing modes including flat. Easily change between two positions with your pole basket.
      CAM HEEL RELEASE SYSTEM ® (Adjustable Release 5-10): a cam system which drives the Vertical release (My) of the binding in case of a fall. The cam system is extremely precise and reliable, and at the same time very light and small.
      ROTATIONAL SYSTEM (Adjustable Release 5-10): this patented system provides the side release (Mz) adjustment.
      30 mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel part enables fast adjustment in case of boot substitution (up to 3 full sizes).

      INTEGRATED CRAMPON HOOKS ®: crampon hooks integrated into the toe piece.

      • Weight: 350 grams
      • Multi-directional heel rotation
      • Elastic slide brake pad
      • Easy Step-in
      • Magneto quick flick heel lifts
      • Heel Z Values: 5-12 DIN
      • Elastic Response System allows the ski to flex properly
      • 30mm Boot Sole Length adjustment range
      • Easy length and release adjustment


      • Aluminum alloy
      • Injection-molded POM thermo-plastic
      • Stainless steel
    • 70mm, 86mm, 97mm, 108mm and 120mm Crampons


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


      Freeride Spacer


    • Instructional Videos


      Toe brake operation:



      How to replace the brakes:



      How to adjust the heel length and retention values (Note: 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? Stop it in one second!: