Weight per binding: 1210g
Release Value: 5 – 16 (DIN)
Riser Heights: 0˚, 7˚ & 13˚
Brake Sizes: 85, 95, 110 or 130 mm
Heel Adjustment: Short (270-330 mm) or Long (300-360 mm)
Why we chose the Tyrolia Adrenalin 16: Burly freeride-focused binding.
Here at Mpora, we love frothing over tech binding developments. However, we also understand that not everyone is A) as geeky as us, and B) want to shell out upwards of £400 for a pair of bindings (and binding-compatible boots); especially, when they only plan on touring three to four times per year.
This is where “frame” bindings come into play. Essentially, it’s an alpine binding with a bar that connects the toe and heel together. Frame bindings are able to retain very similar performance to that of regular downhill bindings, and are compatible with a huge range of boot soles.
These bindings are great to slap on your already heavy ski on the days when you just want to give touring a go, without the downhill trade offs you get with lightweight touring-specific bindings.
“These bindings are great to slap on your already heavy ski”
Tyrolia are one of the most experienced binding manufacturers included in our backcountry gear roundup. They’re genuinely some of the oldest hands when it comes to designing this part of your set up. With that in mind, let’s have a little look at what these years and years of knowledge have led to in the Adrenalin 16.
Looking past the obvious flaws in weight here, in terms of downhill performance you may as well see these bindings as regular alpine bindings. They offer full toe and heel retention, like you’d get with a regular downhill binding, and adjustability of DINS in both the toe and heel.