I think adding a price range you are looking to spend will help everyone make recommendations. Also does he have a preference for any type of riding? Park (jumps and grinds) vs. cruising around? How many times does he plan on going snowboarding this year? Average prices for decent gear would be around $300 for a board, $200 for bindings, $200 for boots and $100 for a helmet.
One thing I will say is that boots are the most important article listed, and if they fit improperly, it can make learning more difficult, and often cause pain. For that reason, I would hold off on making a boot purchase and offer to buy him a pair that fits well by taking him to a snowboard shop. It is pretty important to have him try on a few pairs to get the best fit, as boot fit can be all over the place between different brands.
Last edited by BigmountainVMD; 12-08-2013 at 10:46 PM.