Just another n00b wanting help
What up guys and gals. I lurked around for a while and realized it'd be easier to ask ya'll advice than peice bits together from everyone elses questions. This is my third season snowboarding and I can NOT get enough of it. I live in Houston so my trips to the mountains are limited but I'm at a point now where I can go a few times a year, so I want to make the investment for some good gear. I'm looking for boots, bindings, and the board.
Up til this point I've been riding rentals, mostly K2 stuff. I'm pretty general in my riding, I like carving the more aggressive blues, cutting through trees, a little bit of the parks/small jumps, and just cruisin down the mountains. I definately get better every season and want room to grow in all areas. That said,
Height: 5'10"(Closing in on 19yo, so that shouldnt change)
Weight: 190(Will be probably be upto 210ish)
Shoes: 10.5(I've got a wide foot though)
One thing I noticed last year after getting alot more aggressive on the slopes, and also just spending more time on them, was that my shins started to hurt BAD after a couple days. On my last day I really had to baby them, ride on my heels, take it easy, etc. That's without question something I need to address with my gear. Overall budget is 900-1000(boots, bindings, and board), so just by looking around here that should get me some pretty solid stuff. The boots I know I'll just have to go to the store and try stuff on, but if ya'll could help me narrow it down that'd be awesome.