The Ultra binding is HAGAN’s update to the extremely successful ZR race binding -- the most popular race (and light touring) binding in America. 10 years of design and revision, and millions of vertical meters of field testing, took a binding that was almost perfect and made it more so. The HAGAN Ultra perfectly embodies Hagan's prime values: durability, performance, ease of use and value.
The HAGAN Ultra binding is even lighter at 110 grams, thanks largely to its Monolink Technology®— the Ultra toe springs are only on one side. The other lever arm is solid. The Easy Entry System uses a polymer wheel bearing to ease toe step in and an improved lever, with added grip surface, eases locking. Most of the time you needn’t bother with that, though. The toe lever automatically snaps into a "semi-locked" position upon step in — the semi-locked position is strong enough to avoid release in less technical climbs. This auto feature saves a few valuable seconds in transition. The toe can be manually fully locked when desired.
HAGAN places a huge emphasis on durability and reliability, and the Ultra dramatically improves durability of the heel cover plate. The rotational tightness of the Ultra heel cover can be set to individual levels, and resists loosening. So when you move the heel cover plate, it stays in place. It is also much easier to replace the heel plate, as the U-Spring doesn’t need to be removed. And a new retention system for the U-Springs makes them easier to replace.
HAGAN’s prime values are durability, performance, ease of use and value. The Ultra binding improves on all of them! Mount the Ultra binding on the Ultra 65 ski and you have the most dependable, highest performing ski/binding race system on the planet.
The Ultra binding is the perfect complement to the HAGAN Ultra 65 Series skis. Or pair the Ultra with the narrower Core and Ride Series skis for the ultimate lightweight backcountry skiing set up.
The Ultra is a ski mountaineering race binding with an ultra light weight of only 110 grams. It features easy locking and unlocking of the toe piece via a polymer wheel bearing.
A hardened titanium alloy on the rear fork pins reduces wear and step in force. The Ultra includes slots for easy mounting and removal of crampon hooks. The optional crampon hooks pictured are sold separately. Lightweight aluminum crampons are available in four widths. 30mm and 60mm adjustment plates are also available. For inbound use, a lightweight universal ski brake (easily removable and reinstall-able) is also available.
"Flat mode" can be enabled by mounting the heel piece 5 to 5.5 millimeters behind the boot heel instead of the standard 4 millimeters. The rotary release uses a ball and spring mechanism. When mounted, the ball and spring are retained by the ski surface when rotated. Rotated unmounted, the ball and spring will go flying out and a long search may ensue.
Check and adjust the tightness of the Heel Pin Cover System periodically! Heel Pin Cover Plate rotation needs to be sufficiently tight so that the plate stays in place, either fully closed (uphill mode) or fully open (downhill mode). Adjust the tightness of the cover plate with a #10 Torx wrench. If the plate is too loose, it can rotate into a upright position, and subsequently break when a boot steps down on it.
Heel pin cover plate breakage is not covered under warranty, but we provide replacement cover plates at low cost.
Be prepared and save on replacement parts. The Ultra bindings are very simple and durable, but eventually (probably at least one season unless you tour an extreme amount) the U Springs will wear out. The Heel Flaps occasionally break. Be a Boy Scout. Be prepared. Order a replacement set of U springs and Heel Flaps with your Ultra bindings at a large discount. When (if) your U springs wear down too much, you can replace them at your convenience instead of having to order and wait for new springs. And if a heel flap should break, be prepared and replace it immediately – again without waiting. This is a $637 value. Order together and save $33. It's like getting the heel flaps free.
Videos showing how to replace Hagan Ultra and ATK World Cup U springs:
Video showing the Seeger Tong: