If you have surfed deep into the Skimo Co website without feeling out-of-place, chances are the Hagan Ride 10 is what a fully featured binding should look like to you. At a meager 290g per side, the Ride is right there with some of the lighter bindings on the market. What’s really impressive, however, is how much Hagan managed to pack into the binding. The toe-piece is a classic design that’s been refined over the years with an integrated set of surprisingly effective brakes. The heel-piece offers a full flat-on-ski mode along with two risers that adapt to changing terrain. Simply flip the magnetic heel-flaps into place with your pole to start climbing. Included is a simple adjustment track that offers 30mm of sole-length range to accommodate multiple boots. The Hagan Ride 10 is the real deal.
Easy Entry System is a super smooth toe geometry that clamps down like a teething toddler.
Toe brakes means no interference with the lateral-heel release mechanism.
Fully adjustable vertical and lateral release values from 5-10.
Magneto flap brings race-binding efficiency to the touring world.
Hey Cal! You can remove the brakes, you should see a screw where the brakes go into the baseplate. Putting back together can be a bit tricky because of the springs. They are great brakes, very light and the front positioning actually works very well without the drawbacks of brakes at the heel. Much simpler to use and doesn't effect release values or raise the heel/ ramp angle.
Ok, cool. I don't use brakes in the backcountry and my Voile V8's are 116 mm just ahead of the toe binding, so the brakes wouldn't fit anyway. I love everything else about the Ride 10 - seems similar to the Black Diamond Helio 200, which is out of stock and very expensive ($700 at REI).