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Since only fit matters, I feel like I should be able to get away with something far less expensive than a major brand. Or is a major brand a MUST because of the quality? I'm asking this in reference to both boots and bindings.
Brands important because you can get a mid flex from it and know if you'd like soft/stiff from that brand. Most of a majors are comparable while the "unknown"'s are a mystery. Plus offbrand snowboard bindings have this weird habit of shattering in the middle of a run sometime
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Hey onthefence. I've been following your two threads (boots/bindings) and thought I would chime in as someone who got into the sport 2 years ago and purchased all new gear.

Between the boots and the bindings, I would personally suggest spending more on the boots, as they dictate more overall comfort. If you look into buying last years bindings, you should be able to get solid value for your money.

Just a note because I get the sense that your budget might be an issue - have you considered a different board? Unless you have a deal on the SL, you are probably looking to spend more on the board than the boots and bindings combined.

NS makes great boards, but as a beginner there might be a lot of other choices that allow you to progress just as fast, while being a bit easier on the wallet. This might open up the option for you to pick up a better quality boots/bindings, resulting in a better overall setup.
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I can't fully subscribe to this theory. I think most beginners are best suited with boards and bindings a bit on the softer side. They're just more forgiving generally. The last thing you want to do is a put a beginner on a poorly matched board/binding combo. IMO, the worst is a soft park board with a stiff freeride binding. Holy shit, that's an awful combo. I couldn't imagine the struggles a beginner would have with a setup like that. You wiggle your toes and that board is dancing around.
Happy to have a minor qualifier to stick with middle of the road stuff (as opposed to extreme gear for gnarly freeriding or pure jibbing) - note that I said a soft to medium flex board.
That said, I think the bindings really do not matter much for beginners - I learned on a Skate Banana and frankly the difference between the Burton CO2s I borrowed at the beginning of the season and the Burton Customs that I bought halfway through was negligible.
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Hey onthefence. I've been following your two threads (boots/bindings) and thought I would chime in as someone who got into the sport 2 years ago and purchased all new gear.

Between the boots and the bindings, I would personally suggest spending more on the boots, as they dictate more overall comfort. If you look into buying last years bindings, you should be able to get solid value for your money.

Just a note because I get the sense that your budget might be an issue - have you considered a different board? Unless you have a deal on the SL, you are probably looking to spend more on the board than the boots and bindings combined.

NS makes great boards, but as a beginner there might be a lot of other choices that allow you to progress just as fast, while being a bit easier on the wallet. This might open up the option for you to pick up a better quality boots/bindings, resulting in a better overall setup.
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