Thanks for the input.
For the boot, as I have said, I currently have Burton Step-Ins, and have yet to find my next boots for the new bindings. I am hoping at finding some stiff boots, but unfortunately, my choices are somewhat limited. Toronto, Ontario isn't exactly that snowboarding capital of Canada, and I am very hesitant on buying boots online (without trying them on). Local stores tend to only carry a few types in my size, if any at all.
My current board, Salomon Regulate 168, is a relatively decent board. There aren't many boards out there that are as long and as wide, aside from a few. All things considered, I feel my current deck is adequate. If I were to upgrade, it would be for a SWOARD Dual, or perhaps a Lib Tech Skunk Ape (180). Long/wide softboot boards are also rather few and far between.
I like to carve.. and so far, believe it or not, the Burton step-ins have held their own. They just become a problem in powder, and when they get packed snow in them.
Although I am interested in Alpine, I don't feel I'm ready to make the jump just yet. Getting out of the hard shelled boots was one of the things that drew me to snowboarding over skiing. If I had some proper hills around here, I'd be in hardboots.. but for where I am currently living, it just doesn't seem sensible.
Also, the costs involved in having to buy ALL new gear is Wifey incompatible.
Anyhoo, thanks for the input. I do plan on trying to get as stiff, and as narrow a boot as possible, whatever binding I end up with.
Really do wish Catek would answer their email/phone. It really doesn't leave me feeling very confident in that company. If they don't answer my calls for 'I really want to buy your stuff', how well will they answer my support calls (if there are any)?
Big drag. I was really stoked when I ran across the FR2s. Feet are getting colder and colder though.