For this winter we have a new version of the Core 12 Pro, the Core 12 EVO. As the name implies, the Core 12 EVO is an improvement on the Pro. The toe is identical and the heel is largely the same. The patented and highly effective retention and release mechanism is unchanged. The push pin operated brakes have been upgraded to semi-automatic brakes.
Trying to decide between the Boost 12 and Core 12 EVO? This comparison and contrast will help!
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, 5 climbing positions, independent vertical and horizontal release. All at an impressive 0.66 Kg per pair!
Exceptional performance, robust construction and a full set of features – at remarkably low weight. That is the Hagan Core 12 Pro.
Note: the heel piece will say Boost 12 and the toe Core 12 EVO. Don't worry, they are exactly the same. We just mix and match them to continue providing the Core 12 Pro.
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 five climbing positions. Two climbing positions can be selected without twisting the heel piece, for safer adjustments in precarious situations. Easily - because the heel tower doesn't have the double duty of retracting the brakes - twist the heel, in either direction, for flat mode and two more riser heights.
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 333 grams – better performance at a fraction of the weight of other bindings. Go ahead, check the reviews tab.
Note 1: The "no brakes" version simply has the brakes removed. There isn't a replacement heel plate. Function isn't affected, even in uphill "flat" mode. If you would like to "fill the gap", ATK AL11 ski brake covers are available.
Note 2: If you are considering the Black Diamond Helio 350 version - why? 1. The BD Helio 350 is not the same. It does not have the new toe with improved step in, springless design, uphill retention adjustment, snow block system and lighter weight. 2. Despite the BD version being inferior, they charge more! 3. BD is a big, impersonal company. Shop small and get better customer service.
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 AL09 Freeride spacers /stomp plates effectively make the Core 12 Pro identical to the ATK Freeraider 14 / FR14 other than the release range. The Freeride spacers increase precision and power transmission to Alpine race binding levels.
Instructional VideosHOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CORE 12 PRO BINDINGS: The new Hagan Core 12 Pro 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 Pro'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:
Operating the Hagan Core 12 Pro brake is is really easy, but perhaps counter-intuitive. The order is opposite what most everyone tries first – depress the brake pad, then try to push in the locking lever. That doesn’t work.
The order is:
1. Push in the locking lever - FIRST!
This design enables releasing the brake at the top (climb to descend transition) just by pressing the locking lever/button. 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.