The designer of the Feyan binding, Christophe ‘Tal’ Etallaz welcomes us in the factory first thing in the morning. We choose a pair of Feyan Carbon bindings and we head to Flaine, barely a 30 minute drive from Thyez. The conditions in the Alps are not at its best after a very dry month of December regarding snowfall. Nevertheless, there’s snow all the way from the bottom of the resort and it’s a beautiful day to go splitboarding.
At first sight, we are impressed by the size of the carbon highback, but it fits our boot perfectly, enhancing an efficient edge transmission on the first cross sections on hardpack. The 7075 T6 aluminum base performs really well. The exclusive straps on the carbon model are the Quantum, by Salomon Snowboards. Very comfortable and quick to adjust without tools.
The board interface system is really simple and light, but very solid. We switch to snowboard rapidly and without the slightest problem with the snow remaining on our board. The maximum angle allowed by the bindings is +35º / -35º.
The carbon model allows three different highback positions: One to ascend and two to descend. The heel blocker is one of the outstanding features of the binding, perfect for short descents on ski mode or for approaches through flat terrain without using skins.
The view on the Mont Blanc range blows our minds once again, but it’s time to see how the binding performs downhill.
We see the reflection of every good feeling we had about the highback on the ascent as soon as we do our first turns on the fresh snow. Again, the carbon proofs a quick transmission of power on the edge, enabling us to carve precise turns. In all, it’s a very stiff set, so if you are more into a mellow riding style, you’ll probably feel more at ease with their injected plastic model.
We didn’t need to use crampons, but we really like how they have dealt with this; it’s an essential security matter. They’re solid and easy to set ‘on the fly’ .
We wrapped the day with an interesting tour around the factory facilities, where Tal told us all the details about the 100% home-made process.
Elena G. de Murillo