While I can't help with any of the gear ya mentioned, I'd step up from the Burton Freestyles to at least a pair of Missions!!!!!
And as for boots, you really should try them on!!!!!
2 seasons in boots that don't fit, and you'll really regret not tryin some on first!!!!!
cool, thanks for the advice man, appreciate it!
i'd love a set of Missions, read good things about them, but unfortunately they're a bit out of my price range. here in South Korea they cost about US$150 more than the Freestyle bindings. I could get the Flow Merc with a set of Flow Five SE, The Five, or Flite 2 bindings with the Moto boots for the same price.
I've tried on both sets of boots and they both seem to fit OK. haven't ridden on either though, although I've read really good things about the Moto boots being great beginner's boots.