I'd would definitely rent, Why invest in equipt when you don't even know what you want out of it in terms of feel and ride. however im 6-2 210 and i ride a 165cm. Also you may only be able to use a wide board due to shoe size. Seasonal rentals are about 100.00 fo board boots and bindings
Thx for the advice Mike. I can buy packages for the same cost, so my thought was to purchase, give it a few gos and if I don't like it re-sell the stuff for what I paid (or close to that).
I'm not a quitter so I am hoping I like it and could get a season or two out of the gear before buying new.