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 make you slower*. 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.
* Guarantee only valid in Puerto Rico.
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, fast and light touring|
|Notes||Adjustable heel flap resistance|
|Bottom Line||Half the springs, half the problems.|