Nobody able to help?
If the question is too specific, then perhaps people could perhaps make general suggestions - I'm largely in the dark.
For example ... do I go for a more flexible or stiffer board? The hire ones always seemed heavy and stiff, but I've no idea the consequences of a flexible board given my current ability and boarding style.
What's the Salomon Drift like? Just looking at the Salomon website (since my boots are Salomon) that looked ok on price and the marketing speak seemed ok - but who trusts that? lol
What about Flow bindings or the more regular bindings? I like the idea of Flow, but why don't you see more people in them? Can those bindings go on any snowboard? Would they be a problem with my boots?
Also - what length and width board do I need for my stats? I've variously heard the board should come up to your nose, while others say use a chart based on weight.
Seriously - anything to get me started would be a massive help.