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 a the release value range (3-8 vs 5-10), the Pure can handle even the heaviest and most aggressive skiers. 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.
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?
Fred, You need to press the release button when switching to ski mode. It would be hard to press again after you have stepped in. If you forgot to release the brake before stepping in, you would have to release the deploy the brake. As in any binding, you will get used to the procedure.
Looking to pair these on some 108mm Faction skis for powder touring and some in-bounds lift skiing. I was hoping to throw them into some quiver killers so I could swap them onto a skinny Voile ski for spring traverse missions. My questions:
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.
Caleb, This is a very capable binding to cover all that.
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.