When preaching the benefits of lightweight race bindings to your side-country ski buddies, it’s best to avoid showing them your new Ultra binding. As minimalistic as they come, the Hagan pincers don’t instill a ton of confidence in suspicious-folk and you’ll likely be laughed at. Only after skiing such bindings regularly in sticky situations will you come to rely on them like we do.
Who needs two springs anyway? Monolink is the new anti-redundancy hotness: a traditionally-sprung right-wing works in conjunction with a spring-less left-wing. An elastic political compromise! Half the springs, half the effort? Not quite, but the bindings operate smoothly and are guaranteed to not slow you down*. Other novelties include a heel flap with adjustable resistance so you can fine-tune your transition-friction. The ski/walk lever rolls on a smooth nylon bearing and couldn’t be easier to operate. Even the step-in has been refined to reduce boot slippage. Ultra Hagan, ultra light, ultra cool: shed a few more grams and chase those elusive peaks and podiums.
- Monolink technology minimizes moving parts and weight.
- Adjustable heel flap for personalized resistance.
- Constructed with aluminum alloyed with titanium.
- Optional crampon receptor easily screws on. Pictured but sold separately!
- Optional adjustment plates let you move the heel.
* Guarantee only valid in Puerto Rico.
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|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, fast and light touring|
|Notes||Adjustable heel flap resistance|
|Bottom Line||Half the springs, half the problems.|
Questions & Reviews
I’ve previously used two pairs of the Hagan ZR, and the Ultra 65 differs only in the pincer springs (down from four to two, which still work fine, despite the boasting of a certain brand about its “six pack”) and the crampon clip (now removable, yet no longer included). The only long-term durability complaint I’ve ever heard is that the heel flap can break if you’re not careful to keep the adjustment screw tight so that it’s always flat on the pins when skinning. But that’s an easily replaceable part anyway. And of course the Ti heel pins will eventually notch, but you can double the life by reinstalling them upside down once they get excessively notched.
What I really enjoy is that the quality of machining of these bindings is well above other bindings I've owned (plum, dynafit, etc) ATK has removed every excess portion of metal and you can see that both the quality of metal used and machining processes are top notch.
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