Tyrolia Adrenalin 16 2019 – 2020 Ski Binding | Review

Tyrolia have designed a hard-charging freeride frame binding in the Adrenalin 16

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)
Price: £345

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.

This toe and heel retention is achieved from 30mm elasticity in the toe and 16mm in the heel. Not bad at all when you consider that the £400 Shift is able to offer 47mm toe elasticity and 11mm heel elasticity.

One nice feature that we particularly liked is the way you can easily switch between ski and tour mode without having to remove your boot from the binding – something which makes for more efficient transitions.

“You can easily switch between ski and tour mode without having to remove your boot from the binding”

At 1210g per binding, these are five times the weight of, say, the Marker Alpinist and certainly the heaviest binding in our roundup of the best ski touring bindings. The obvious plus points and negatives of this will, we imagine, speak for themselves.

You may also find that the Adrenalin ices up easily while you’re touring. This may make it tricky to put the binding back into ski mode, but as long as you’re able to manage the amount of ice building up (slapping the bindings together when in touring mode should do the trick) you’ll find you have only minimal issues with icing.

The Tyrolia Adrenalin is really for those people that are wanting to try out touring, but are unwilling to spend big money without a guarantee beforehand that they will enjoy the sport. You can, afterall, easily drill a super lightweight binding onto a ski only to learn later that the performance of it wasn’t what you had in mind. With these heavier bindings, however, you’re virtually certain to get a downhill-like performance.

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Tyrolia Spokesperson

A super stable, super  versatile freeride binding. Combining the tough safety features of the Tyrolia Attack with the versatility of a hike mechanism.  Adrenalin gives you the function needed for the ascent and the confidence to charge the descent. Compatible with Alpine, GripWalk and Touring soles this binding opens up the backcountry to everyone”

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