Hagan Pure Binding
It seems like the Euros are always showing us what to do when it comes to ski gear, and if they weren't right all the time, we might be more upset about it. Manufactured by the Italian pin-tech binding giant ATK, the fresh-out-of-the-factory Pure 8 and Pure 10 bindings from Hagan are just what the lightweight, peak-bagging, and pow-ripping doctor ordered. With the key difference between the 8 & 10 being the release value range (3-8 vs 5-10), the Pure is ideal for a wide range of skier types and sizes from smaller, mellower, and younger riders needing lower release values to burly hardcore shredders who want to crank it up. It has one of the largest elastic ranges on the market with a heel piece that is on a spring-loaded track like the zero-gap bindings while also having a 4mm gap. With the tried-and-true ATK monolink toe pieces, durability is nearly guaranteed (read reviews of bindings with similar toes pieces here), and the heel brakes save you time hassling with leashes when the wind is whipping and the pow is waiting. Maybe one day someone from this side of the pond will make a ski binding that the Euros will buy from us-- for now, just enjoy the flawless gear and good cheese with grace. Our time will come!
- The Pure comes equipped with three riser heights, but here's a tip-- use just the middle riser on even the steepest skin track, and have your ski buddies witness the fitness.
- Weighing in somewhere in the neighborhood of 280g, the Hagan Pure packs unreal skiability into a beautifully lightweight package.
- Heel piece has vertical as well as horizontal release adjustment, because after all, you did tell your mom you'd be safe out there.
- Toe piece ski crampon mounts can be removed or left in place, allowing you to shave weight if you so choose.
- Heel plate has 20mm of adjustability, great for folks with several pairs of boots.
- Heel piece is on a spring-loaded track with a 4mm gap giving it a vast elastic range
||275g [8, 97mm]
276g [10, 97mm]
|Weight (pair)||550g [8, 97mm]
552g [10, 97mm]
||Pure 8 comes 75, 86, 91, 97
Pure 10 comes 75, 86, 91, 97, 102, 108, 120
||2 + flat|
||3-8 [Pure 8]
5-10 [Pure 10]
||3-8 [Pure 8]
5-10 [Pure 10]
||Aluminum, thermoplastic and stainless steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Backcountry ski touring, mountaineering|
|Notes||Bindings this light with brakes are hard to come by|
|Bottom Line||Incredibly lightweight full-featured touring binding|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Light, fully adjustable lateral AND vertical release, and comes with brakes. Great binding.
Super easy to line up boot fittings to the binding toe pins and easy to engage.
Good flat mode and easy to flip to the high riser using a pole. I mainly use flat mode unless the track is steep. The high riser is a functional height—most high risers are effectively too high when paired with size-23 boot. Could see using the mid riser (heel-rotation required) on a long, consistent, low angle climb.
Snow packs under the boot heel on those damp days but it is easy to dislodge.
ATK/Hagan crampons are easy to slide on/off. Dynafit crampons require a bit more effort until the anodization wears off from the centre tab.
They are pretty solid on the down, no issues.
I like the convenience of brakes to hold the ski in place when stepping in.
Minor issue: I had to bend the brake arms as they would catch on the ski edges when stowing the brakes (91mm brakes on 88mm skis).
I've had brakes not deploy due to ice build up (not unique to the Pure). I wonder if having the freeride spacer would reduce the snow that gets under the brake and mitigate the icing problem.
Brakes add about 35g/binding compared to using leashes.
While skinning, I generally just use flat and the high riser. When putting skins on, I rotate the heel to tour mode. I don't think the "high" riser is really that high so between flat and high, I can be comfortable on pretty much all skin track pitches. Because I don't have the rotate the heels to switch between flat and high, I can just use my pole to quickly switch between the two. Takes 5 seconds.
I have the Hagan / ATK crampons as well and they work fine enough. The tolerances are tight though so if your ski is close to the width of the crampon, I would recommend sizing up. My 95mm waist skis rub a slight bit on the 97mm crampons. They work fine though!
Granted, they are paired to very light skis, but, there is not a whole lot of dampening. That is pretty much to be expected. I am 6'2" 175lbs and have both the lateral and vertical release set to 8. I have not pre-released despite some tooth chattering ice on Mt. Hood. I have (thankfully) not fallen on these yet so I can't speak to their release reliability but I have zero worries about that considering ATK's rep and the adjustable release both vertically and horizontally.
Also, would these work with Marker crampons (that I already have for Kingpins)?
1. Stepping into the toe is seamless and simple. All you really ask for out of a tech toe!
2. The brakes are the unique difference with this binding, that most people have questions about. The button is easy to use with a glove, and easy to either click the break in or out. The only times this has gotten finicky, is when ice gets into the housing. It's easy to clear out in these cases, and I have never had the problem where I could not get the brake back into walk mode while touring!
3. The fact of having vertical and horizontal release on the heel gives good piece of mind, and adjusting the DIN on it is very simple to do. When going into ski mode from uphill, you can easily kneel down and rotate the heel pieces, push the button to release the brakes, and voila you step down and are ready to rip skins!
4. Now for the risers, to compare to the ATK Raiders (Hagan Core) I found that the riser on the Hagan Pure to be a bit more troublesome. A number of times, I had the riser flip back into flat mode as the boot would cam down on the heel piece and cause it to throw up the riser under higher pressure. I moved the heel piece in a touch closer to the boot and this helped, but didn't completely solve it. Another way to remedy this is to just use the riser in a similar race mode, over the pins with the heel piece in turned to ski mode. I was wondering if you could Frankenstein the Hagan Core riser onto the Hagan Pure but from a quick glance I didn't think it would be so simple?
Overall, this binding does everything you ask of it! Quality design, simple use, and crazy light for having a brake plus vertical/horizontal rear release. The only gripe would be with the riser being troublesome at points, which kept me from giving it 5 stars. Other than that, if you are looking for a full featured touring binding, and not ready to make the jump to a full euro race style, this can fit that middle ground! Thought, if you want a little more capability and higher dins, the Hagan Core is a superb binding for the little differences. Thanks!
Is the brake release button operable with gloves?
The Hoji Pro Tour is definitely compatible with this binding, and the brake release is designed to be operated with gloves on. I would say if you have very thick or baggy gloves it could be a bit tricky but other than that it should be totally doable.
The Hagan bindings are simple and rugged - we have not had a single pair come back for any warranty reasons. You can definitely transition to downhill mode while staying connected to your skis; the heel tower turns 180 degrees for flat mode with one heel riser, or you can use the riser to simply cover up the pins and always be in "climb" mode on the uphill. Hope this helps!
Patrick // Skimo Co
They are almost all metal, and don’t have a U spring, so it seems like a very durable, reliable design.
Can a forgetful skier press the brake release button after locking the heel down in ski mode and have a brake that will deploy? Or would I need to release boot from ski & then release the brake?
1. Would it be a pain to swap out for a smaller brake when I change skis?
2. Are these a flap-to-tour heel or do they require you to rotate the heel unit to access the risers (I am used to quick transitions, I noticed the Hagan Core binding u can do both)
3. Comparing these to a MtN binding, you guys have them in the “full feature” category vs the lean right? Just wondering if the release and durability rivals the Salomon/Atomic tech binder.
1. We do not have yet and can't confirm if the brakes are removable. Will follow up later.
2. The flaps are like the Core, you can use with or without rotating the heel, very nice.
3. The Pure is full featured because it has adjustable lateral and vertical release, the MTN doesn't. Including brakes, the Hagans are the lightest out there. They are solid, dependable bindings, and if you'd like to try them out before you buy we do have some older ones on some of our Demo skis.
We do not have a pair in stock yet, so I asked our Rep and he had this to say: "It is not an 'approved modification', but it can be removed.' While studying the picture I see that it can be removed, but I’m guessing that you would need to get a mounting plate. An alternative solution would be to get the current Ride 10 and remove the front brake. It can be removed, and doing so will not affect the performance of the binding, which is one of the inherent advantages of the front mounted brakes. They would be a bit trickier to reattach.
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