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Hagan Core 12 Pro Binding


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If you often use the words "easy," "durable," and "lightweight," when describing your ideal touring binding, your profile match may be the Core 12 Pro from Hagan. Featuring quite possibly more metal in its construction than Iron Maiden, these are built for the long haul while still retaining a streamlined look and athletic weight. To help with unwanted toe release while skinning, Hagan uses the patented "Uphill Hardness Variator" allowing the user to select the level of force the toe piece exerts as boot pin sockets start to wear. If you find yourself following a skin track set by an overcaffeinated 18-year-old track star (as seems to be common in the Wasatch), the binding comes with magnetic heel risers allowing for 5 climbing positions. When the time comes to point the skis from whence they came, the Elastic Response System provides elasticity in the heel, helping absorb compressions and bumps to keep your skiing experience feeling smooth and consistent. With 25mm of adjustment in the heel, the binding comes with ample range to accommodate different boot sole lengths. If your dream binding is fully featured without a significant weight penalty, step up to and into the Core 12 Pro.

  • Adjustable lateral and vertical release reaffirms your love for your knee ligaments.
  • Snowpack Proof toe piece fights the buildup of snow under the toe piece for an easy time stepping in.
  • Integrated Crampon Receptor keeps you climbing when the going gets icy.
  • Uphill Hardness Variator lets you adjust the toe pressure to accommodate worn out toe inserts.
  • Elastic Response System provides consistent release with harder skiing.
  • Optional freeride spacer (aka stomp pad) offers more heel support for landings.
convert to ounces
341g [86mm]
Weight (pair) 682g [86mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes   86mm, 91mm, 97mm, 102mm, 108mm, 120mm
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   4 + flat
Vertical Release   5-12
Lateral Release   5-12
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Aluminum alloy, stainless steel, thermoplastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski touring, free touring
Notes Sealed toe piece prevents snow creep
Bottom Line Ruggedly good looks in a lightweight package
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Mike S

What is reasoning behind the side button needing to be pushed in to disengage the brakes for downhill? What is gained? Just another moving part to get iced is my initial reaction.

Thank you,

Answer from Jeff
Mike, First, I am neither an engineer nor work at ATK. Dynafit and G3 use the heel piece rotating to hold the brakes while in hike mode. That doesn't fit with this heel piece design. ATK also engineers some of the lightest bindings and THE lightest with brakes. This is what they came up with. Their front toe brake was amazingly easy to use.
The best design is no brake at all. No moving parts or extra things to break or complicate the transition.
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Andy (used product a few times)
Skimoco put these on my AT 106s; I have the old Core (front brake) on my AT 100s. I really liked the front brake, especially during transitions, until I found it somewhat problematic in deep snow--the front lever is narrow to fit inside the brake-lever loop and can be hard to find with a pole tip and the space is so small my pole grip doesn't work. Snow also tended to pack under and around the lever. The narrow lever in a small loop and packed snow under the toe made it pretty difficult to get out of the skis after a fall in deep snow. Both problems have been fixed in the Core 12 Pro with brakes at the heel, a snow sealing plate under the toe, a wider lever, and a much softer (and adjustable) clamping force on the pins. Boot goes in effortlessly and quietly and ability to get out of the binding is great. So far snow buildup under my boot heel has not been as big a problem with either binding as I have had with a variety of other makes and models in our West Coast maritime snow.
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Eric S (used product a few times)
Hagan/ATK bindings are game changing. The toe pieces are great, and easy to step into, but the easy heel step in is remarkable, and brilliant, and I suspect there really is no comparsion with anything else. (I have experience with multiple Dynafit bindings, both old and new, Salomon MTN, Salomon Shift). I've seen people unable to get into their MTN bindings at all, in soft snow, because they are using the "Expert" spring. Hagan heel piece is not noticably any less easy to step into when set at 12 as when set at 5 (admit I've tested this statement on carpet only). My only complaint is that they don't accept Plum Crampons, which are the best (by a long margin), but that's easily addressed with the Plum Universal Crampon mount. Unless I somehow discover problems with more use, I expect I'll be gradually replacing my quiver with Hagan Core Pro 12s, or other related models from ATK.
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Question from Oskar

Want to use this binding without the brakes. How doable is this?

Do you know where I can get the free ride spacer? Haven't been able to find it on your site.

Answer from Tim
It is very doable. there are just 3 small screws that hold the brakes on, just remove those and give it a bit of a wiggle and the brake pops right off. As far as the free-ride spacer goes, Hagan has been out for a bit now and we are trying to get a hold of some as soon as they are available. Should have some in a few weeks.
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Joel Z (used product regularly)
Now that we finally have enough snow in the Wasatch to use my new skis/bindings, I can write a review about the Core 12 Pros. I have about 10 days on them so far and they have been flawless. They have released consistently on a couple of crashes where I would expect a release (including getting a ski stuck under a tree limb, luckily at moderate speed. No real issues with icing up or snow interference so far. The 1st and 3rd riser positions (heal rotated backwards) have worked just fine for some steep skin tracks.
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Question from Peter
Is the stated weight with or without brakes?
Answer from jbo
Hi Peter, the weight is out of the box, with 86mm brakes.
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Question from Christian
Hi, interested in what the mount pattern width is (always looking for what bindings might fit in the Völkl BMT/ V-Werks "H" pattern. Thanks!
Answer from Will M
Hey Christian,

Great question! The mounting pattern for the Hagan Core 12 Pro is as follows. Toe = 45mm x 44mm & Heel = 45mm x 60mm. If you have any more curiosities about hole patterns, feel free to reference our hole pattern recognition article!
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Question from Calvin E
Hmmm, that's about double the height differential I'm comfortable with. Are there any adapter plates or shims you can recommend to get the toe higher? Looks like the toe binding hole pattern is 45mm wide by 44mm long.
Answer from jbo
Hi Calvin, sadly there are no shims made yet for the new Pro hole pattern. You could get the B&D Vipec shims which are currently shipping without holes and then drill some to match the Core toe. It does have enough surface area to support the binding.
Answer from Calvin E
That worked great, thanks! Very nice bindings, burly yet lightweight.
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Question from Calvin E
what kind of a ramp angle would I be looking at with these bindings?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Calvin, the heel pins are 12mm higher than the toe pins on this binding, and the angle will depend on the boot sole length!
Answer from Calvin E
Hold on, I just mocked it up with my Dynafit boots, and the delta I measure is only 7mm. That's not so bad. Would still be nice to have a 5mm or so shim/plate under the toe.
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Question from Matt
I have a pair of the Hagan Core 12’s. Do you guys have a jig there to mount my skis? I’ve been having a tough time finding one.
Answer from jbo
Hi Matt, yes we have a nice ATK jig that supports the Core 12 Pro!
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Question from Camden
Any insight on how well this will work with the brake removed?

i.e. any weird tabs sticking out, weird flat angles in flat skinning mode, etc?
Answer from Julieana
Hey Camden, if you're wanting to use the freeride spacer without the brake that tends to stick out a little. Other than that there don't seem to be any issues.
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Question from Ian Rubiano
Hi - I believe this binding is made by ATK, the Raider 12 maybe? (Their names are confusing). The Raider 12 has an optional freeride spacer.

It looks like from the picture that this Hagan branded, "pro" version includes the "freeride spacer" as ATK calls it. Is that correct?
Answer from jbo
Hi Ian, yes it can be confusing, especially when some brands play mix and match with toes and heels, essentially creating a binding that ATK doesn't offer. For example, the BD Helio 350 uses this heel paired with an older toe piece for backward compatibility with jigs that Black Diamond had distributed previously.

The Hagan Core 12 Pro is the real deal and requires a new jig, which BD dealers likely will not have. It's what ATK has been calling the Raider 2.0 with an adjustable tension toe piece that is more sealed to prevent snow creep. It has a wider and elongated hole pattern to help distribute freeride forces over a greater area.

The optional stomp pad "spacer" sits on either side of the brake AFD which is not in the primary photo above. It will be sold as an accessory, linked here.
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Question from Chris
I see there are 4 riser positions & ~flat mode (-2.5, +36, +41, +49, +59).

It looks like there is race mode (pins forward) + 2 risers, or you can turn the heel to have ~flat + 2 risers. What combination of the above riser heights match with each mode?
Answer from jbo
Hi Chris, we haven't measured the Core Pro yet as it's a new binding which has not yet arrived from Austria. It should be very close to the Core numbers you referenced.

The heel works the same way as the Core, whereby the 2nd and 4th listed heights are with the pins forward, and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th measurements are rotated 180 degrees.
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Question from kyle taylor
Are the lower portion (part that mounts to ski) on the heel piece aluminum? just looking for something mostly metal that wont break easily in super cold conditions.

Answer from Tim
Hi Kyle,
The base of the heel unit is actually a carbon infused polymer. The polymer is incredibly strong stuff and is much more shock absorbing than steel in cold conditions.
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