Awesome, great advice guys.
Well, based on jake's advice, I am leaning toward the Capita Stairmaster 156 which also got astounding reviews on the site. I'm also going to definitely do one of the 32 boots, probably the Prospect since it was not only on my list, but recommended by a sales rep and by jake. Last, with the 2 endorsements I got for the Union bindings, I'm looking at that union force.
One hitch. SierraSnowbaord.com had the Capitas at $191 (phenomenal price) but are sold out of the 156, which is what I'll need. That means I'll have to go to The House to get it and they run about $260 over there. is it worth the extra $70?
1) i wish every noob posted as well as you did. as a regular contributer with no problems helping, its great to have someone come on here with actual research, and educated ideas of what he wants.
2) i love my stairmaster extreme, its a step up from the stairmaster or scaremaster but both are nice boards.here is the capita stairmaster in a 156, no scaremasters unfortunatley, i bet you capita was pretty suprised when the scaremaster outsold there baby though lol..
2009 CAPITA STAIRMASTER Snowboards Mens Park
there are coupons available on retailmenot.com for that site, im not sure if they would work for that sale though, its already so cheap.
this is my baby and probably worth the 50$ just because of the sintered base, sick grapphics, and stronger sheet.
2009 CAPITA STAIRMASTER EXTREME WIDE BOARD Snowboards Mens Wide / Mid-Wide Park / Rail
they only have wide. i have a 152w with 10.5 boots and its about perfect. im not sure if it would work for you but i figured its worth letting you know.
my setup i would consider is top of the line, and under 480$ so its very possible to do in your price range. i bought my boots off ebay for 100, and flow NXT FS's off valuesports.com for 120.
3)bindings, there are tons of good bindings out there. 2009 rome targas are on porters right now for 150, for my buddy bought 390s off of ebay a little while ago for 140 and they were 2009s. i would reccomend the 390s with that setup, it would be a nice setup for the park but still be very capable outside of it. another very good binding is the union contact, check these, they would look sick with the extreme.
2009 UNION CONTACT BINDINGS Snowboard Bindings Mens Recreational
4)boots are all up to you. i highly highly reccomend celcius boots, they are the only boots i will wear.
need anything else lmk
edit, just looked at your size, i would say your probably going to big, i weigh a good 25-30 more pounds then you and i dont like riding anything bigger then 154, my stairmaster is a 152.