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.
Hey Win, 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.
Thanks for the reply. I had looked at the instruction manual and it cautioned about toe profile hitting the tour lock lever. Since the Pro Tour has no toe ledge and has a high volume toe box (which my feet love!), I was concerned.
Is there any reason I could not install the Plum Universal Crampon attachment just behind the Hagan Pure (or Core) binding toe piece? I know they already have crampon adapters, but the Plum crampons are so much better.
Hey Eric, you definitely can do that! For others looking to use a Plum ski crampon on their skis mounted with not-as-cool, not-as-French bindings, check out the Plum Universal Crampon Receptor in our Plum binding parts listing.
Has anyone had any durability issues with this binding/brand? Is it straightforward to transition from uphill to downhill mode (de-skin) without removing skis? Thanks!
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!
Hey Iaine, you're right, that's the typical way to transition using a tech binding -- release the toe lever first and then step out of the heel fixation. Only on more alpine-style bindings like the Fritschi Tecton or Ski Trab TR2 would you be able to release from the heel as you transition from skiing to skinning.
I see that the widest brake available for these is 108mm. I'd like to try the bindings on some Voile V8's that are 110mm under foot. Do you think I can bend the brake legs out enough to make them work?
Trying to decide between this and the BD Helio 200 binding. I have never gone with a brakeless binding, which is why I am interested in this one. Yet, I am looking to build a pretty light kit, which is influencing me to go brakeless. Think I'll feel the extra weight very much on long tours?
Hey Allen, every gram counts when on a search for the gnar. But in all seriousness, we've seen many folks happily make the transition to brakeless and never look back! On the bright side, if you do want to go with brakes, the Pure is a great option given its low weight.
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.