hey Statty, well welcome and Snowboarding will change your life
Bindings are definitely a matter of preference, foot/boot shape, style, and purpose. What I can tell you is this. I currently still use Burton Customs and have used them for a few years (getting new models every year).
I happen to love them. I have more expensive bindings and "better" ones if you will, but I have to say that I always find myself loving the customs. The flex is perfect for me, they aren't too heavy, yet not to light either, and for the price you cannot beat them.
I have NEVER had them break on me, ever. Not a strap not a ratchet, nothing.
Oh and for the record I HATE Burton products for many reasons, but I have to say that these bindings are worth the money for sure!
Good luck and hope this helps