Boots, no point, get what fits, I like 32s, sounds like they fit you. The Lashed is a great all mountain boot, but they certainly have several stiffer models.
K2 Company is a good choice, also Raiden Machine, Flux SF45 and Ride has a real bomber binding too .. Capo?... anyway I'm considering Cartels for myself for next year but I'd stay clear of the Diodes....
is it late october yet?