REI didn't work out since they had nothing available in stores. I went to a place in New Jersey called Ski Barn. Tried on a few boots, and the best fitting were DC and Salomon. Ultimately the Salomon Savage boots were the best combination of tight (to allow for this "packing out") and comfortable. The guy at the store was very patient, helpful, and informative on what makes a good choice for boots (which I had read on the boot forum sticky, thanks!).
Went with Union Force bindings. I like how they're made of aluminium. Got those from dogfunk.com.
Can't wait to get my gear! Hope all the snow doesn't melt by then (went with free shipping on the board and the bindings lol)