Expert Review: Tyrolia Attack 14 GW Ski Bindings · 2023
This review is my honest opinion of the ski bindings, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the ski bindings, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2022.
The Tyrolia Attack 14 GW is an accessible all-mountain ski binding with great safety features that accept most modern boots.
About the bindings I own
- Model: 2023 Tyrolia Attack 14 GW (95mm)
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 220lbs
- Preferred DIN range: 9-11
- Experience: 19 years of skiing
- When I bought these: August 2022
- Days tested: 8
- Boots: Tecnica Cochise 130
- Boot Size: 29.5
- Skis: 2023 Salomon Stance 96
- Where I’ve used it: Loveland Ski Area, Colorado; Copper Mountain, Colorado.
- Terrain: Groomed trails, bumps, tracked powder.
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a cost-effective all-mountain binding with a high enough DIN range to throw on some directional skis.
Why I chose this gear
The Attack 14 has a nice, high DIN range and super intuitive toe piece for a reasonable price. I usually use a Look Pivot as my daily binding for added knee safety, but they are very expensive. The Attack saves me money on setting up an additional ski and has some adjustability, allowing me to quickly set it up for a new boot (one of my own or that of a friend).
What I love about them
- Release Reliability: I have had one borderline release on this binding while at 9 DIN that was very similar to releases at 9 DIN that I have experienced on a Pivot. I call this a success. I trust this binding now at a higher DIN (~11).
- Downhill Performance: The Attack 14 GW is great for downhill skiing, and the Attack line is even trusted by Tyrolia athletes who do a lot more than ski downhill, thanks to the high DIN range and sturdy design.
- Durability: The Tyrolia Attack 14 GW binding has a beefy, solid design, and I am comfortable abusing it as much as I need to.
- Weight: The Attack 14 GW (2,020g per pair) is a touch lighter than a Look Pivot 14 GW (2,230g per pair), which might make them less tiring over a full day.
- Power Transfer: The power transfer on the Attack 14 is good thanks to its two-piece design. However, the heel piece mounts on a small rail, making the mounting point longer and reducing the power transfer slightly compared to the Pivot (which mounts to the ski directly under the heel).
Issues I’ve encountered
- Other: I don’t daily-drive an Attack and daily-drive a Look Pivot for the added safety of the Pivot’s lateral heel release. However, for most skiers, the Attack is plenty safe and much more intuitive to use.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this binding is when I don’t notice it. My Look Pivots or Salomon Shifts (for backcountry use) provide specific performance or utilitarian benefits, but the Tyrolia Attack is very easy to use in comparison. I get into the Attack first try every time, whereas the Look Pivot can be a bit finicky and take a couple of attempts to get a secure fit, and the Shift is very temperamental in heavy snow. I love that this binding does what I want it to do on the days I decide to ride it.
Value for the money vs. other options
I talked a bit above about the Look Pivot. Many skiers go for the Pivot for its lateral heel release, but for the average skier, the Attack is more than enough. The Attack is one of the bindings I recommend most, thanks to its ease of use and high DIN range for its price. They also come in a ton of colors that tend to match some of the industry’s best topsheets (not just skis from Head/Tyrolia).
The Tyrolia Attack 14 GW is an intuitive, high-performing all-mountain binding at a great price point. Most skiers will find the Attack 14 easy to use, durable, and plenty safe for their all-mountain adventures.