Yet another newbie "set me up" thread
Here's the (sort of long) back story.
I am switching to snowboarding from skiing for knee-related reasons (not ligament tears, cartilage and alignment problems). I've had several surgeries, including two major ones, over the last 2+ years. I have now gotten the go-ahead from my doc to do anything that doesn't hurt, and I think I can get away with snowboarding pain-free (I'm going out with a rental board next weekend, weather permitting).
I've already taken the advice of getting boots first. I bought some 08 K2 T1s (with boa) on closeout, and I think I did well for the money.
I will ride regular, and my left knee is the bad one (front leg), for what that's worth.
So, recommendations for a board and bindings.
I'm 28. I wear size 10 boots. I'm 5'9". I weigh 205 or so now, but I would not consider that my fighting weight as the last two years have brought much inactivity and therefore weight gain. I'm in the gym 6 days a week now and will feel much more myself at ~175. I'm aware that I should buy a board that works for me now but I'd like to get something that will work for a few seasons anyways.
I live in interior Alaska. My riding preferences will be solidly all mountain with a heavy bias towards backcountry/freeriding when my skills progress. The folks I will be going with will mostly be skiing, my knees won't like jumping off of shit all day (although I won't be able to resist once in a while), and let's face facts, I live in Alaska. There may be a time when I eventually venture into the park but I don't ever plan on spending lots of time there.
Bear in mind that I am still regaining my strength and balance, but that when 100% I consider myself a good athlete and a fast learner.
I'd love to hear what you all suggest and why. Thanks.