Core 12 Pro Heel Piece
2021 Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice!
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, 5 climbing positions, independent vertical and horizontal release. All at an impressive 0.66 Kg per pair!
Exceptional performance, robust construction and a full set of features – at remarkably low weight. That is the Hagan Core 12 Pro.
Wide 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 five climbing positions. Two climbing positions can be selected without twisting the heel piece, for safer adjustments in precarious situations. Easily - because the heel tower doesn't have the double duty of retracting the brakes - twist the heel, in either direction, for flat mode and two more riser heights.
The Core 12 Pro Freeride binding heel is solid and robust at a feather-light 229 grams – better performance at a fraction of the weight of other bindings. Go ahead, check the reviews tab.
Note 1: The "no brakes" version simply has the brakes removed. There isn't a replacement heel plate. Function isn't affected, even in uphill "flat" mode. If you would like to "fill the gap", ATK AL11 ski brake covers are available.
Note 2: These will say Boost 12. Don't worry. They are exactly the same.
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.
The Core 12 Pro 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 Pro is identical to the ATK Raider 12 / R12 other than (a nicer) color and includes six ATK patents. Available ATK AL09 Freeride spacers /stomp plates effectively make the Core 12 Pro identical to the ATK Freeraider 14 / FR14 other than the release range. The Freeride spacers increase precision and power transmission to Alpine race binding levels.
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 5 different climbing heights. Switching between two is easily done with your ski pole.
25mm ADJUSTMENT PLATE: integrated in the heel enables fast adjustment for boot substitution (up to 3 full sizes).
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 AL09 freeride spacers / stomp pads increase precision and power transmission to an Alpine racing binding level.
Pure 10 and Core 12 Pro DifferencesRISERS: Two magnetic flaps on the Core 12 Pro provide 5 climbing positions, a single flap on the Pure 10 provides 3.
LENGTH ADJUSTMENT: 20mm for the Pure 10, 25mm for the Core 12 Pro.
RELEASE RANGE: Pure 10 is DIN 5-10, Core 12 Pro is DIN 5-12.
Instructional VideosHOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CORE 12 PRO BINDINGS: The new Hagan Core 12 Pro bindings are the result of careful design studies and the application of the most innovative mechanical processing techniques. They meet the fundamental requirements of demanding ski tourers common to all Hagan products: lightness, performance and reliability. Thorough knowledge of the binding is necessary to make the most of the Core 12 Pro's functionality. In this video, ATK's Davide Indulti provides all the secrets of the Core 12 Pro/ATK R12/FR14, including useful suggestions for optimal use of your bindings. (Davide is Italian and our bindings are Italian-made. If your Italian isn't molto buono, use closed captioning.)
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.)
2. Depress the brake pad.
3. Release the locking lever, then the brake pad.
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