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Rule 1) Do not buy snowboarding boots without trying them on
Rule 2) Do not ever buy snowboarding boots without trying them on
Rule 3) Your wasting your money if you buy snowboarding boots without trying them on
Now that we have that out of the way, what size is the Burton Air board? For someone your size you'll probably want a 151 board or somewhere around there.
Assuming his board is around that size(149-153) and in reasonable condition i'd say talk him down to 150 and then find some nice boots on sale for 130 bucks. Your best bet is to wait until we are closer to season and figure out what size boots you need by going into a shop and trying a bunch of manufacturers on..they will ALL fit differently as everyones foot is shaped different..and whats size 9 to one company may be closer to a 9 1/2 for another depending on the form factor of the boot...
Then either buy some on sale, or better yet if your on a budget look on craigslist ..you can almost always find people selling their 1-2 year old boots to upgrade to new ones...hell i even have some like new Burton Hails from 2007 i only rode 10 times i meant to sell last year for 50 bucks...
I would stay away from most of those ebay combo deals. You can usually get a comparable deal for lower end stuff at a local sports shop like REI or Sports Authority....but at least then you can physically see it and make sure you get properly fitting boots...and if it doesnt work out you can return them.
You can learn to snowboard with a slightly long or short snowboard, or softer/stiffer bindings, with cheap or ill-fitting boots your feet will be crying for mercy within an hour. Once you snowboard more you will start to realize what you want to do, whether it be park riding with softer bindings & shorter boards, or more free-riding down the hill and in the tree's with longer boards and stiffer bindings...
'09 151 Never Summer SL-R
'10 K2 T1 DB Bots
'09 Burton Cartel Bindings
Last edited by arsenic0; 08-17-2009 at 05:46 PM.