Tyrolia Protector Attack 13 Ski Binding 2022 – 2023 | Review

Tyrolia brings bi-lateral movement into the heel to help improve ACL safety in the event of an awkward twist fall

Why we chose the Tyrolia Protector Attack 13: Innovative, safe, burly 

Weight per binding: 1,430g
Release Value: 4 – 13
Brake Sizes: 85, 95, 110 & 130 mm
Heel Adjustment: 259mm to 386mm BSL
Price: £300

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If there’s two things you want from a ski binding, it’s reliability and trust in the platform. You’re essentially putting your knees on the line every time you click into a pair of ski bindings, and start arcing your skis (and sometimes your body) into high angles to create that addictive feeling of linking energetic turns from one apex to the next.

For this reason, it’s essential that ski binding manufactures keep researching and developing new systems to keep that frustratingly vulnerable joint as safe as possible, and to allow us to ski (almost) worry free as a result. This is Tyrolia’s attempt at creating a safe and reliable ski binding that’s claimed to reduce ACL strain by more than 50%.

So what is the binding and how can Tyrolia go about claiming such things? Well the Protector Attack 12 features both lateral and vertical release in the heels to help protect your knees. Standard alpine bindings (apart from the Look Pivot) just feature vertical release in the heels. This can be pretty unfriendly to your ACL in the event of the wrong kind of fall. By placing the heel essentially on a turntable, Tyrolia has managed to bring in useful bi-lateral movement in the heel.

This 7 mm of bi-lateral movement, plus 30 degrees of rotation, is particularly useful during rearward twisting falls such as when you’re backslapping off a drop. Not only is this helpful in the kind of falls that makes your knee ligaments squeal all the way to the operating theatre, but it also just means that you’re going to be able to run a lower DIN setting in the toe and heel; giving you a more consistent release as a consequence.

Tyrolia Protector Attack 13 Build

The whole binding is made from a solid metal construction. It’s an incredibly tough build, and one that means you can attack the slopes with confidence. This beefed-up construction does mean that the bindings come in at a hefty weight of 1,450 grams per binding, but with all the safety functions built into this binding we’d wager many skiers would be more than happy to carry the extra load around.

You’ve also got a huge amount of adjustment on offer here, both in the toes and heels. So much so, in fact, the binding will accommodate boot sole lengths from 259mm to 386mm. The toe and heel adjustment also means that you’ll be able to tweak your mount location on the skis without having to re-drill the binding.

The Protector Attack 13 has been designed to be compatible with alpine ski boots (ISO 5355), adult walk ski boots (ISO 23223) and all touring ski boots, giving it a huge range of versatility no matter what boots you’ve decided to pick up from your ski locker on the day. Saying that, careful adjustment of the toe needs to be completed to ensure you’ve got the right space between your boot sole and the AFD (as is the case with many other multi norm alpine bindings).

Who Is The Tyrolia Protector Attack 13 For?

We were left really impressed with how Protector Attack bindings rode while testing them out in Austria. It was pretty confidence-inspiring to know that you’ve got the extra level of knee protection built in, in case of an awkward fall. And, while the jury’s out on the durability of the bindings, the toughened construction gave us further confidence to really push the bindings (and our skis) as far as we could without too much fear that the binding would fold on us.

What Is The Tyrolia Protector Attack 13 Good At?

Safety: 10/10
Reliability: 9/10
Innovation: 10/10

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