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Point it at something steep and scary and charge forth.

Tyrolia has more than 80 years in the business of building ski bindings, and in the past decade it's begun to set its sights on the backcountry. The Adrenalin 16 Alpine Touring Binding allows you to access out-of-the-way powder stashes just like many other AT bindings, but this is a more alpine-focused, full-frame touring binding than many similar products. 

The heel and toe pieces are borrowed from their strong, reliable FR Pro series and both rest on the FR Pro frame and FreeFlex mounting platform. A quick flip of the AA-Ascender lock switches between ski and tour modes without requiring you to disengage your boot from the binding. In ski mode, the FreeFlex platform allows the FR Pro Frame (and holding the toe and heel pieces) to float atop the ski without inhibiting ski flex. Alone, this feature is a gift from the gods for many big-mountain skiers who want the benefits of an AT platform and who want to feel every inch of ski flex. Once back in tour mode, the Adrenalin pivots forward at the toe and utilizes a three-position climbing aid to help you effortlessly crush even the steepest of grades.

Wrought with alpine heritage, this is a 16 DIN alpine-touring binding that delivers responsiveness, efficiency, and security both on the way up the hill and on the way down. Purchase the short Adrenalin if you have a boot sole length of between 270 and 330mm, and purchase the long Adrenalin if your boot sole length measures between 300-360mm.


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4 5

Solid tour-able alpine binding.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Despite some of these other reviews, after best part of a season on these I've had no problems with the Adrenalin 16s. I kinda like them. Firstly as one comment below notes, they are a pretty tough downhill binding that can handle as many hard lift laps as you care to put on them. I don't really notice the stand height at all and I have never felt in danger of insta-tele (?!). They're tough, handle my 185 / 107s comfortably, and are good fun to ski.

For touring I've also been pleasantly surprised. I've done a few long over night trips on them carrying significant weight, and a few day tours too. Yeah- they're not light bindings, but in their weight class they're about lighter than most frame bindings are - and have other notable advantages over a few of their main competitors. If you're more slanted towards touring however, the 13s might be the way to go as I doubt you'd lose much at all on the downhill. (And on a sidenote, the Tyrolia Ambitions are an awesome ''touring-only'' binding, far lighter and much more sexy. Both have sweet compatible ski crampons available too._)

I was in search of a 50-50 resort / touring binding that would be fun on short powder tours and last a good few seasons until I throw more money at a lighter option, and so I went for these over Tracker / Guardian / Marker options. The big factor was that they have a flat touring mode - which is a must for long approaches - and are easy to switch over - and I haven't been disappointed in this choice. The Adrenalins also take both standard din alpine and alpine touring soles, which is a plus, and the mounting doesn't affect the flex of the ski - which is also noticeable and welcome.


The change-over mode is clever and works well - whilst being totally resistant to switching by hand, the binding then somehow just takes a simple tweak with a pole tip to switch easily to walk mode, which I like a lot. To switch back there's no need to take skis off like some other models, just firmly push the heal clamp back into place and you're good to go. Yeah- like all frame bindings they sometimes ice up (although only in particularly wet/cold conditions - but this is nothing a few seconds with a knife or multi-tool can't fix.

Overall I'm pretty happy with them so far. They're not showing signs of significant wear after some long tours across variable snow and rock and 30 plus resort days of this weird 2015 winter across the western US & Canada - but time will tell...

Solid tour-able alpine binding.
3 5

Great right up until it insta-tele

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have these mounted on 180CM Black Diamond Verdicts. When skiing in PNW snow where it tends to ball up, snow can begin to ball up under the touring lever and as the ski flexes through turns more and more snow can get packed up inside until it releases and you're tele skiing.

3 5

Great alpine binding, bad tour binding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Adrenaline 16 is a very strong and solid binding when in ski mode. The metal frame work that the binding sits on makes it as strong as its Attack counterpart. It skis with no movement and feels solid. There are some issues that need to be resolved while in walk mode. The most notable issue is that the heel lock plate, and the heel lock tabs interfere while the ski is slightly flexed, making use of the flat heel position difficult. Another issue I have found is the switch bracket is not designed to handle the stress that is exerted on it. The bracket is attached to the ski with junior binding screws which do not offer the strength that is needed. I have ripped one of my heel switches out of the ski twice, the second time removing the helicoils that were used to repair the binding the first time. This problem could be resolved replacing the junior screws with adult length screws if the ski will accept it. This should not be an issue with a ski over 170cm. After knowing the issues, and how to resolve them, I would recommend this binding to anyone worried about the skiing rigidity of an AT binding.

1 5

Not fully thought through

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The biggest issue with this binding is the metal-to-metal interface between the heel track and the clamp under the heels that engage while in Alpine mode. Ice collects between the two metal surfaces very quickly and thickly, especially as you step down onto the lower housing time and again throughout a tour. The metal freezes and collects ice on both sides, creating a layer of ice that, even after a short hike, is very difficult to break apart in order to engage Alpine mode. Often times it requires taking off the ski and manually excavating ice from the area. The toe piece is a bummer, also. Poor testing results, difficult for your shop guy (like me) to instal, and torsionally weak between toe and heel. The Salomon/Atomic Guardian/Tracker is heads above this binding in every way.

I am a 10.5 Mens shoe and havent bought my boots yet, should i get the short of the long?

Responded on

Hey Jason,
It really depends on what boot you get! The small fits a sole length up to 330... You'll probably be in a Mondo size 28.5, which should be right around a 330mm sole length. But that would vary by manufacturer. A large would fit for sure (300-360mm), but you would probably want to confirm your sole length before going with the small, as it could be too small.
Hit me up if you have any other questions!
LFeasler@backcountry.com

HI:

So my boots are 316mm length and the skis are 105 mm width. What size of binding would be more recommendable, that size fit in both short and long.
Second, what break would be recommendable, i am more inclined to the 115mm. Am I right?

Thanks in advance.

Best Answer Responded on

I would go with the small! It will definitely fit your boot, plus you save a little weight.
Yes you are right about the brake! 115 would be the way to go.

5 5

Brakes

Hey everyone just a heads up. This binding comes without brakes. They are sold separately.