Expert Review: Tyrolia Attack 14 Gw Ski Bindings · 2022Published on 11/22/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the bindings which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Luke Hinz.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the bindings which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
The Tyrolia Attack 14 is a high-performance binding geared toward expert skiers looking for the ultimate reliability and durability that will keep their feet secured to their skis.
About the gear
- Model: 2022 Tyrolia Attack 14 Gw
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 200 lbs
- Preferred DIN range: 8-18
- Experience: 25+ years of skiing
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days tested: 25 days
- Boots: K2 Recon 130 MV
- Boot Size: 28.5
- Skis: K2 Mindbender 108Ti
- Where I’ve used it: Park City, UT and Snowbird, UT
- Terrain: Groomers, moguls, powder, steeps
How it performs
What I was looking for
It is my opinion that ski bindings are the most important piece of equipment, second only to ski boots. I am a big, aggressive skier and it is of the utmost importance to me to have a reliable and trustworthy binding I know will stand up to my skiing style.
Why I chose this gear
For roughly the last two decades, I have skied religiously on the Look Pivot 18 binding. For years, the Pivots were the cream of the binding crop: well-designed, well-constructed, and extremely reliable for ultra-aggressive skiers. But eventually, Look caught on to the fact the Pivots were in high demand and raised the price 200%! Suddenly, my bindings cost nearly as much as my skis! Enter the Tyrolia Attack 14, a trusted brand in bindings w
What I love about it
- Release Reliability: The trick to the perfect binding is finding one that will release in the event of a bad fall; but of equal importance is finding a binding that will not release in the event of no fall! The Tyrolia Attack 14 checks both those boxes admirably. Tyrolia’s Roller Pincer Toe system consists of four rollers and gliding inserts that allow release along a 180 degree plane, meaning the binding can release dependably both horizontally and vertically. Likewise, the Anti-Friction Slider ensures my boots release smoothly and without friction, mitigating potential injury. I set my bindings at a 13 DIN and the Attacks have held up to my aggressive and fast skiing time and again. It also reliably holds up in icy steeps as well. The binding has released twice during bad falls, exactly when I need it to do so.
- Downhill Performance: The Attack 14 functions like a dream. The compact design of the toe piece limits the binding’s impact on the turn radius of my ski, meaning that I can harness even more of my skis natural desire to arc. My skis feel clean and powerful with the Attack at the helm. I have now used my Attacks in all types of terrain: groomers, trees, powder, steeps, and even in the park, and I never worried about them prematurely releasing.
- Durability: Durability was a huge factor in my decision to purchase the Attack 14. I asked around at local shops and was told that they were constantly sending Look Pivots back for warranty claims, but they had experienced no such claims with the Attack. They claimed it stood up better to abuse, and after skiing it this past season, I can gladly back up those statements. I like to ski fast no matter the terrain and no matter the snow conditions, and the Attacks keep my skis where they should be: attached to my feet! They have exhibited no decrease in release reliability and they have shown little to no wear and tear on the toe piece from scraping ice and snow from my boots. Likewise, the brakes still release reliably and the springs have shown no signs of wear.
- Weight: For such a burly and reliable binding, Tyrolia kept the Attack surprisingly light. While there are certainly lighter bindings on the market, they tend to have much lower DIN settings, which are not an option for me. The Attack weighs in at 2020 grams per pair, while comparable bindings are heavier, such as the Salomon Warden MNC 13 clocking in at 2260 g per pair or the Look Pivot 14 Gw at 2210 grams per pair. My Attacks are mounted to a pair of K2 Mindbender 108Ti’s, which happen to be a very heavy, burly ski, so I was happy to shave some weight from my setup via my bindings. Coupled with this are adjustments on the wings of the toe piece that can meet any boot height, eliminating any wobble between the boot and binding. All of this results in a binding that seamlessly transfers power from my boot to my skis. I’ve found that I can confidently and consistently drive power through the natural flex of the ski, even more so than the vaunted Look Pivot 18 that ruled my world for so long. Such a reliable power transfer allows me to arc GS turns with no foreseeable speed limit. If it sounds like I’m gushing about these bindings, that’s because I am…
- Power Transfer: As stated above, the Attack 14’s compact design and small mounting point results in increased responsiveness between my boot and the ski.
- Toe and Heel Piece: For 2022, Tyrolia redesigned both the toe and heel piece. The FR PRO3 toe piece can be adjusted to accommodate both regular alpine soles or GripWalk soles, resulting in roughly 90% of the boots on the market being compatible with the Attack 14. Meanwhile, the NX FR heel piece allows me to change my release values whether the heel piece is open or closed, meaning I can change my DIN setting on the fly. Very handy and very efficient!
Issues I’ve encountered
I’ve literally encountered no drawbacks with this binding—they have performed exactly as expected.
Favorite moment with this gear
My all time favorite moment on the Tyrolia Attack 14 was a February morning at Park City Resort after nearly two feet of snow had fallen overnight. After carefully maneuvering myself past the crowds to the top of the mountain, I was able to lap powder run after powder run. Throughout it all, my Attack 14s allowed me to effortlessly power my skis and gave me the confidence to jump off cliffs and ski with general abandon for my welfare. It was a ski day that dreams are made of.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Attack 14 is a phenomenal value for a strong and dependable high-performance binding. It provides one of the highest DIN options at one of the lowest prices. The Look Pivot 14 Gw provides the same release values at a much higher cost, while the Marker Griffon 13 ID provides a lower release value at the same price as the Attack 14. Ultimately, the Tyrolia Attack 14 is easily the best bang for my buck.
The Tyrolia Attack 14 is a well-built and well-engineered high-performance binding that allows the most aggressive and advanced skiers to ‘attack’ the mountain with the utmost confidence in their security and safety between boot and ski. Pun intended.