Core 12 EVO
The HAGAN Core 12 Evolution!
The Core 12 EVO is made for HAGAN in partnership with ATK in Italy. HAGAN partnered with ATK, well respected for quality, craftsmanship and functionality, to bring what we feel are their best products to North America. The Core 12 EVO is identical to the ATK Raider 12 / R12 other than (a nicer) color and includes six ATK patents. Available ATK AL13 Freeride spacers /stomp plates spacers increase precision and power transmission to Alpine race binding levels.
The automatic brake system in the new Core 12 EVO is an amazing innovation:
2. You can't forget to release the brakes on the descent. Switching into ski mode automatically releases the brakes. On the previous version, you had to separately release the brakes. It was easy to forget. With the Core 12 EVO, the brakes will always deploy, no matter how distracted or forgetful you are.
3. These two benefits are achieved without impacting one of the central features that makes our bindings so much better than others: Unlike other tech bindings, the brakes are ingeniously held in retracted position by a separate mechanism, not by the heel tower itself. So the heel tower is light, not having to be bulked up to hold down the brakes.
Precise, Light, Fully Featured
Everything you want and need in a free touring binding: easy step in, cleanly integrated brakes and crampon slots, release value range up to 12, superb downhill performance, 3 climbing positions, independent vertical and horizontal release. All at an impressive 0.720 Kg per pair!
Exceptional performance, robust construction and a full set of features – at remarkably low weight. That is the Hagan Core 12 EVO.
Wide toe and heel mounts precisely transfer power. The patented E.R.S. ® (Elastic Response System) system absorbs energy resulting in consistent release values while allowing the ski to flex naturally under compression for improved downhill performance. The heel pivots rotationally to provide consistent release and retention.
The unique - and patented - CAM heel system adjusts to impact forces, providing far better control and skiing precision than simple U Forks. The system ensures accurate, adjustable control of the release tension while maintaining very easy step in and solid power transfer. The design uses a CAM profile pressed against the heel pins by a pre-tensioned spring. When a fall requires vertical release, the CAM profile provides precise resistance to the pins.
Magneto® heel climbing aids are easily flippable for two climbing positions plus flat mode. Twist the heel easily in either direction - because the heel tower doesn't have the double duty of holding down the brakes.
Adjustable toe clamping force creates more secure uphill retention than other tech bindings, especially as boot tech inserts wear. Toe step-in is easy. Integrated crampon hooks allow stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones.
- Easy one-handed operation. On other bindings you need to hold down the brakes with one hand while pushing a pin or turning the heel tower with the other.
- Brake retraction for climbing is automatic when you step down. There is no need to push down the brakes with your hand.
- Dual lifters means no twisting to switch between flat, medium and high climbing heights
- You can't forget to release the brakes for the descent!
Constructed predominantly from alloy, the Core 12 Evo Freeride binding is solid and robust at a feather-light 360 grams – better performance at a fraction of the weight of other bindings. Go ahead, check the reviews tab.
2021 Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice
Core 12 Pro improvements on the Five Star-rated Core 12:
- The toe has a much wider mounting base, uphill retention adjustment, toe guides and "snow block" design to prevent snow infiltration and icing.
- The rear mounted brake is robust, easy to operate and lighter.
- Optional Freeride Spacers make the Core 12 Pro identical to the ATK FR14, other than the 5-12 release range.
Reviews of the previous Core 12, before the Pro improvements!Backcountry Magazine:
- "In spite of its infinitesimal weight, the Core 12 packs a bevy of punches that put other diminutive tech bindings on the ropes."
- "This is a full-function, lightweight and solid binding," said our tech editor.
- "Felt as powerful and stable as any tech offerings on the market, only being outperformed downhill by the Shift," another opined. My note: the Shift, without crampon mounts, weights 2.9 TIMES as much as the Core 12 Pro.
- I felt more confident skiing hard downhill on it than on any other binding in this test.
- The only binding in this test with independently adjustable vertical and lateral release values in the heel.
- The heel risers of this binding are easily the best in the group. Its overall performance makes it my favorite binding of the group.
ELASTIC RESPONSE SYSTEM: an elastic sliding system in the heel allows unrestrained flex of the ski during compression and excellent skiing performance.
CAM RELEASE SYSTEM®: stabilizes the heel pins and provides the typical torsional stiffness of ATK® bindings.
INDEPENDENT RELEASE VALUES: fully adjustable VERTICAL (My) and LATERAL (Mz) release systems (5-12).
HEEL FLAP WITH RISER: the updated Magneto Heel Flaps® provide 3 different climbing heights. Switching between two is easily done with your ski pole.
Easy Entry System®: new geometry of the toe makes step-in easy and confident with any tech boot available on the market, even in case of worn out soles.
25mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel enables fast adjustment for boot substitution (up to 3 full sizes).
SNOW BLOCK TOE®: prevents snow/ice infiltration and also limits snow build up on the toe piece.
U.H.V.® System (Up-hill Hardness Variator): Uphill retention adjustment system built into the toe. It compensates for boot insert wear and tear, provides a proper locking strength for each user and reduces the pressures on the locking mechanism.
CRAMPON SLOTS: built in.
SKI-BRAKE: The new rear ski brake is light, easy to use and strong. The unique system switches to downhill mode simply by pressing a button. No twisting of the heal piece. Brake retention independent of the heel tower allows the heel tower to focus, without interference from the brakes, on retention and release - and be much lighter. 86, 91, 97, 102, 108 and 120 mm sizes provide the perfect fit with any ski mode. See the How to Videos for brake operation.
SKI-BRAKE ELASTIC SLIDE: integrated in the ski-brake pad for minimal lateral release impact.
Optional ATK AL13 freeride spacers / stomp pads increase precision and power transmission to an Alpine racing binding level.
Pure 10 EVO and Core 12 EVO DifferencesTOE PIECES: The Core 12 EVO toe piece has a wider mounting plate, snow-block anti-icing system and uphill retention adjustment.
LENGTH ADJUSTMENT: 20mm for the Pure 10 EVO, 25mm for the Core 12 EVO.
RELEASE RANGE: Pure 10 EVO is DIN 5-10, Core 12 EVO is DIN 5-12.
These accessories extend and enhance the performance of the Core 12 Evo:
• 70mm, 86mm, 97mm, 108mm and 120mm Crampons
• 86mm, 91mm, 97mm, 102mm, 108mm and 120mm Ski Brakes
Instructional VideosHOW TO OPERATE THE BRAKES ON YOUR CORE 12 EVO BINDINGS:
How to adjust the heel length and retention values:(Notes: 1. This video is of the prior Core 12/Raider 12 model, but the steps are the same. 2. The labeling of the heel adjustment steps is in the wrong order.)
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