I'm new to the forums and I thought I could benefit from the tremendous knowledge of a number of people here.
I started snowboarding a year ago and got addicted pretty quick. After a couple months I got to the point where I could cleanly cruise the harder blue runs at a reasonable speed. I can probably start looking at the diamond runs not too long after the season starts.
When I first started I kept it cheap by buying the board and boots at goodwill, dealing with cheaper winter gear, etc. It made a lot of sense at the time but as I got into it I upgraded most of my gear. The last upgrade I need are bindings.
Like some girls, my feet are horribly sensitive in just about every way possible. I have the worst circulation ever. I'm not sure how I even survived on my old boots/bindings. My feet get so cold so easily and there are spots that are extra sensitive to pressure on the bone. They are not in the same place on my right foot as on my left. My current bindings are old they put pressure all on the top of the feet in the worst possible way. The pressure I had to apply to keep my feet from moving made my feet so sore and bruised I wondered if I was getting a stress fracture. The chairlift was hell on my right foot, even when loosening the binding and propping up the board with my left foot. My new boots helped significantly but it's not enough.
So obviously I need to upgrade the bindings. It looks like they make them far, far nicer these days so I think anything will make a huge difference.
There are so many choices though! I definitely need something comfortable and that's easy to readjust even with gloves/mittens on (my feet are so fussy I will probably ALWAYS have to readjust). I'd love for them to be durable as well. And though I am willing to spend the money necessary for good bindings I'd like to not spend more than I absolutely have to.
Spec on current board/gear (in case it matters):
-Board is brand new, rocker, relatively flexible so pretty nice and responsive for my purpose (Aperture). It may be a little "short" for my size (5'5, 160) but I'm used to it and I like that it's light-weight.
-My boots are Ride Sash Boa Coiler (medium (6/10) stiffness). Though I do wish they had more in the way of zonal lacing, they are nice, roomy, comfy, and supportive. It's not that difficult to get them secured evenly and I added inserts to keep my heels from moving around too much (helped significantly, btw). I'm not fan of thick socks. I just wear a pair of cotton knee socks.
-I don't do anything fancy. You will not find me 10 feet in the air or in the backcountry (well, not on purpose anyways). I'm a fan of responsiveness so I don't like too much wiggling around but pretty much anything that is comfy and keeps me from hitting trees is fine in my book.
So recommendations? Advice on what to look for? Other advice on keeping my feet warm and content?.
I'm getting excited, it's already snowing on the mountains here in the UPNW! Snow dance ---> early opening?