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Hagan Ultra World Cup Binding


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When it comes to binding design, it's hard to outsmart the folks at Hagan. Never a company to avoid a challenge, Hagan tried to outsmart themselves when designing the Ultra World Cup (WC) binding, and it isn't hard to see how well they succeeded. The Ultra WC binding is an evolved form of the Hagan Ultra, with the same precisely machined toepiece with Monolink Technology (this means that there are only springs on one arm of the toepiece - this improves consistency and lowers weight by making the binding less mechanically complex). Fans of the Hagan Ultra will be pleased to see that the simple, ultralight heel hasn't changed, with one very notable exception. The Ultra WC introduces the ingenious "Rolling In System" U-spring which looks like a typical U-spring except for the rolling bushings on the end of the pins. These rollers deliver a litany of improvements, from drastically easier step in, significantly better longevity than traditional U-springs, and more consistent release over time as the steel bushings are resistant to notches that develop on titanium forks with use. Despite the increased cost of making the Rolling In System, Hagan has decided to price the Ultra WC no higher than it's forebearer, the Ultra, meaning that you get better performance and better bang for your buck.

  • Rolling In System U-spring promises easier use, better consistency, and improved longevity compared to traditional U-springs.
  • Monolink Technology toepiece is mechanically simpler, and therefore more effective than typical symmetrical toepieces.
  • Made with ultralight aluminum and titanium forks (protected by the steel rollers) for an impressively light race binding.
  • Traditional race-flap and attachment points for crampon adapters.
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Weight (pair) 226g
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes   Optional
BSL Adjustment   None
Riser Heights   1+flat
Vertical Release   Fixed
Lateral Release   Fixed
Crampon Ready   Optional
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Aluminum Alloy, and Titanium
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, fast and light touring
Notes Rolling U-Springs improve step-in, durability, and release-consistency
Bottom Line Titanium-weight race binding with steel durability
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Questions & Reviews

Jonathan S (used product a few times)
I'm on my fourth season with a pair of the Ultra bindings, now upgraded with the new U springs. My only complaint about the binding previously has been that like with all Ti springs, they eventually notch and need to be replaced. But these new springs are brilliant: they weigh essentially the same, but the sections contacted by your boot heel inserts when skiing are steel, not Ti. And the miniaturization of the roll-in feature with the Torx fastener insert is impressive. Overall, yet another manifestation of how ATK-rebranded bindings might not look all that different from predecessor models from a decade or so ago, but the refinement of the same fundamental design over time yields consistently better models without any missteps.
Although speaking of Torx screws, be sure to periodically check the tightness of the fastener that controls the tension of the heel flap, so that it's not too loose (else the flap might, well, flap around, and be hit by your boot heel while it's up the air).
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Model: Ultra World Cup UPC: 9008739980748

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