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Hagan Core 12 Evo Binding

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The Hagan Core 12 Pro has been a crowd favorite for those wanting a highly functional binding at a minimal weight. Not ones to sit idle, the folks at Hagan have been devising ways to better this already proven design. Their answer comes in the form of the Hagan Core 12 Evo, which we think could be characterized as evolutionary rather than revolutionary. To start, Hagan kept the same hardworking toe of the Core 12 Pro, complete with its stout aluminum construction and Uphill Hardness Variator. In the heel, the Core 12 Evo sports an automatic brake which is activated when rotating the heel from ascent to descent mode. Essentially, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of having brakes, without the added hassle of having brakes! Needless to say, we think this is pretty nifty. When combined with 12mm of elastic heel travel, two heel risers, and adjustable vertical and lateral release, the Hagan Core 12 Evo is a binding with a big personality.

  • Autolock brake system has few moving parts, which adds to its longevity.
  • Magnetic Heel Lifts keep the riser from obnoxiously flapping around.
  • Uphill Hardness Variator allows for the toe stiffness to be adjusted while in the uphill mode, which is useful for the worn out toe inserts.
  • Snow Pack Proof toe piece is resilient to snow buildup, allowing reliable step-in every time.
  • Easy Entry System does what it says, make entering the binding easy.
  • Elastic Response System allows the heel piece to slide in response to ski compressions keeping the release values consistent.
convert to ounces
358g [97mm]
Weight (pair) 716g [97mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   91, 97, 102, 108, 120
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   2 + flat
Vertical Release   5-12
Lateral Release   5-12
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Aluminum alloy, POM, stainless steel
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski touring, free touring
Notes Full-featured binding in a sleek and lightweight package
Bottom Line Great lightweight full-featured binding
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Adam
Can this binding be used without the brake?
Answer from Jeff
Adam, Yes. The brakes can be removed from any of the ATK bindings. It won't affect the skiing or use at all.
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Question from Daniel
Would it be accurate to say these are the ATK R12 toe piece combined with the new Evo style heel piece?

Is the only benefit of the new ATK evo 13 toe piece that it allows a wider range of DIN settings since you can adjust simultaneous to heel? Or what else am I missing if I go with this Hagan version?

Answer from Will McD
Hey Daniel,
You are correct on all fronts. The "Evo" heel includes the automatic brake, and the "Evo" toe has the extra lateral release adjustment. The Hagan Core 12 Evo has the "Evo" heel with the "non-Evo" Raider toe. While we haven't had the opportunity to thoroughly test it yet, the thought behind adding the toe release adjustment is to allow the binding to release more consistently across a wider range of values.
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Question from Peter W
Do these need/have a "freeride plate" like the ATKs for bigger skis? Planning on putting them on some WNDR 110s. Thanks!
Answer from jbo
Hi Peter, these don't come with nor require a plate. They are compatible with the "Evo" freeride spacers, found here. Those can help with ski feel and landing support.
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Question from Fedor F
Hi, I wonder if the heels of these EVO bindings have the same hole pattern as ATK Raider 12 2.0 or if it's different?
Answer from jbo
Hi Fedor, the 2.0 was known as the Hagan Core in these parts and the heel hole pattern is the same as the EVO.
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Question from Andrew M
Is this the same binding as the new ATK Raider Evo? I see they have 11, 13 and 15 DIN versions. How does this compare to that binding?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for reaching out, Andrew. This is a different binding than the Raider Evo from ATK. For the Core 12 Evo, they kept the same toe piece as the Core 12 Pro/ATK Raider and combined it with the heel unit found on the Raider Evo. The new heel unit sports an "automatic" brake that negates the need to purposefully engage or disengage the brake (though you have to rotate the heel turret).
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Question from Fisher
What is the ramp angle of this binding? I've checked your lists and no luck unfortunately

Trying to decide between it and the original Core Pro, as well as which toe shim to grab - the ATK branded one or one of the 6mm B&D ones
Answer from jbo
Hi Fisher, we haven't received it yet. We will be sure to measure when it arrives as always!
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Question from Matt
Will the brake auto activate when you turn the heel piece? Specifically, if you want to go from full flat mode to one riser over the pins, will the brake need to be reset each time and if so, is it easy to press the break down into touring mode?
Answer from Cole P
Hey Matt, to retract the brakes for touring you will have to turn the binding 180 degrees so the pins are towards the tail, then just step down with your heel until the brakes are locked in the touring position. From there you will have a flat mode and two different riser heights. With this system, you will not be able to tour while the pins are towards the tip of the ski. So, every time you transition from downhill to uphill you must rotate the heel piece 180 degrees and vice versa. The brake itself looks very easy to press down into touring mode.
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