first off, the length of board you want depends on your weight, not height, and what you want to use it for. also, both the forces and the targas are excellent bindings, i personally love the forces but a lot of people also love their targas because they are really adjustable. i would say whatever you can get a better price on, especially since youre just starting out. i dont know anything about saloman boards though. and for boots, try on as many pairs as you can and get the ones tha fit best. you can also use the search feature on the forum to find more infor about the forces and targas, and maybe your board.