Hello, this is more of a confirmation to check if all my research are done correctly. I've been trying out boots since beginning of this year to get a good feel of what I like. This weekend is the big Tommy and Lefebvre (Ottawa) snowboard/ski sales so I'm hoping to scoop up my stuff for the upcoming season.
My skill level: Currently, I've snowboarded at least once a week last season. This is partly because I took a 9 week class and near the end I went on weekends as well to practice. I am some what confident I'm passed the beginner level and I am going towards the intermediate stage. My goal this season is to basically practice, practice and more practice.
Some information that may help
Weight: 220lb (though slowly going down)
Boot size 9.5-10.5 pending on which brand
Riding style: All Mountain
Age : Mid 20s (so no more growth on height)
budget : None
Location: Ottawa/Gatineau/Mt Tremblant
I've tried out various Salomon, Ride, Burton, Vans, ThirtyTwo, Celcius boots. The one that felt the most comfortable was the Salmon, except I felt that it might just be a tad loose, but they did not have the next size down. Burton Ozone and ThirtyTwo Lashed are other two that felt very nice. I did not like the Burton Moto though. As for binding, I believe I am looking for a some what stiff set, since I'm quite heavy maybe something that's durable as well? I don't have much preference, but I liked the cheap price of the Ride EX. Perhaps I can use some more suggestions there. I made up a list of boots I'm going after as well as bindings, but maybe I'm being too optimistic or looking at the branding too much...
Aura (2 boa)
Encore (1 boa)
Fargo (1 boa)
I'm mainly after a nice comfortable boots as it's really hard to shop online for that as I need to go around the city just to try various brand. However, if I can buy all three items during the sale that would be the most ideal. One of my other main concerns going into this sales is I'll get sucker into buying a board I really don't know much about. I went to various smaller stores and I've been measured to use 160-165cm board (wide or not pending on the boot). But at my level should I really care? I figure a good set of binding and boots outweighs a crappy board. Any suggestions or perhaps more reading material would be helpful.
Here's the link to the sales flyer for anyone who's interested: