Overall: Five Stars for Hagan’s rebranding of ATK’s straightforward R01 adjustment plate, at a fairly minimal penalty for cost, weight, and heel>toe delta.
Background on product familiarity: I have over 83,000’ earned vertical on a pair of these plates, mounted in between the Hagan X-Ultra and Sportiva-rebranded RT.
First, the first impressions out of the box: So your mount job didn’t quite get the heel gap right. Or you can’t make up your mind between boots. Or – in my case – you thought nothing could ever improve on the Dynafit DyNA/TLT5, only to fall in love with the even lighter Dynafit DyNA, but a bsl differential a bit too close for comfort to redrill another set of binding holes.
Fortunately this plate comes to the rescue. Both the mounting of the plate to the ski and the installation of the binding to the plate are uncomplicated. Only potential drawback is that the special screws to secure the binding to the plate are Phillips head (not Pozidrive), so yet another driver style to keep in your repair kit (although you probably have Phillips already anyway).
Second impressions, in use: If your intention is just to set it and forget, then you’re all set. However, if your intention is to keep swapping back and forth between different boots on a regular basis, then each readjustment entails loosening and retightening eight screws, plus some various forms of “encouragement” for moving along the nuts inside the track if you’ve been skiing in a high-grit environment. For demo or rental purposes, a single-screw “worm drive” design would be a better option, such as Hagan’s rebranding of the ATK R04 plate.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: After lots of use, with a couple swaps back and forth, everything is still in place and all tight.
Just to clarify, my 2014 review is for what is now listed as the "Basic" version.
Since then, I've also mounted up two pairs of the "Rental" version for our regional Hagan rep: huge range of adjustment, and easy to adjust too. (But I don't have any personal experience with the Rental version other than mounting up those two pairs.)
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