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Feb 04 2015

Hagan makes AT binding & skis for kids

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the future sustainability of skiing, particularly the human powered version. Erratic snowfall is an issue, but equally important is the root element of interest. To combat the trend of kids caught up in a web of virtual reality, Hagan will be offering a kids version of their plate style AT binding, called the Z02 Junior, for winter 2016.

Hagan makes it easier to introduce kids to the backcountry with the Z02, junior sized AT binding.

Hagan makes it easier to introduce kids to the backcountry with the Z02, junior sized AT binding.


The adult version of the junior binding.

The adult version of the junior binding.

It is virtually the same binding as the adult sized Z01 Tour, or their AllMountain binding, except that the frame will come in shorter lengths (225-280mm) that fit boots down to mondo size 22.5. Equally important, the release values will vary between 2 – 7.

Sky Force kids touring skis. 125cm, 110-81-105mm 135cm, 112-81.5-107mm 145cm, 114-82-109mm

Sky Force kids touring skis.
125cm, 110-81-105mm
135cm, 112-81.5-107mm
145cm, 114-82-109mm

To go along with that Hagan will also offer kids touring skis, called Sky Force, ranging from 125 – 145cm. These are a more traditionally shaped skis with a bit of camber, a rockered, early rise tip, and slight rocker in the tail. An 81mm waist gives plenty of flotation for kids. With a turn radius of 11m they should be nimble enough for easy turning.

Hagen is a small, family owned brand of ski mountaineering equipment. They have remain focused on building skis and other ski mountaineering equipment for 90 years. They don’t make downhill skis, or dabble in clothing, just essential hardware for earning turns. In addition to backcountry skis and bindings for kids and adults, Hagan will also be offering lightweight, race style tech bindings next season as well.

For anyone who has been through the elusive search for kid-sized touring equipment, this should be welcome news. The hitch, of course, will still be finding where they are sold in the US or their availability online.

Hagan Z02 Junior

Hagan Z02 Junior

Hagan
Model Name: Z02 Junior
Price: $390
Weight: TBD
Size (BSL): 225–280mm

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  • mark

    that’s great since the silveretta pure kidz are no longer available.

  • Dostie

    If you dare, if you have a pair, you can trim Ramer bindings down to kid size too. It only takes a few minutes with a hack saw. That’s the easy part. Finding a pair of Ramer bindings with all the pieces is the real problem. ;)

  • mark

    how low does the din go on the Ramer? picked up two sets of pur kidz several years ago, now the kids are big enough for F12′s

  • Dostie

    DIN release values suggest a binding has met DIN standards. Ramer’s release values were not DIN certified or rated. Depending on what version plate you had, they were adjustable from 9 to 3 on the Ramer scale. In reality, that was more like a logarithmic scale going from 12+ down to 0.5. If you wanted some form of retention with release, you set it to 7. If you didn’t want it to release easily, 9. If you set it below 7, it would release prematurely, period.

  • wyomingowen

    @mark – getting rid of the pur kids?

  • mark

    yea but spoken for locally, sorry (

  • Raggi_Thor

    Let them use Rat Traps :)

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    Agree with Thor, I started on three pins when I was nine, took me 39 years to lock the heal off piste, not sure about that triple N shiit that little punk is pictured on.