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.
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. 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
Model Name: Z02 Junior
Size (BSL): 225–280mm