Hey rainboarding...I've been looking around online for some time now. I actually live in Canada so a lot of the "free shipping" deals that are available down south don't apply to me. I've searching the-house/evo/trusnow and while the basic board/boots/bindings are cheaper, once I factor in shipping/customs it basically ends up being the same. This also applies to ebay.
Also as this is my my first setup, I was very weary of buying everything online because (once again) if it didn't fit/work and I needed to return or exchange stuff I have to deal with the whole international thing.
That being said...
I "think" the board is a decent deal. I know it's not a steal...but after about a month of searching the best price I ever saw on a 2010 Rome Crail was $200 + $40 shipping on ebay. I'd potentially have to cough up another $20 as customs which kinda brings me to the same price point. Now as far as size is concerned, I just went off the sizing chart + what I had read. According to the board the 153 is for 125lbs - XXX and the 156 is 135 - XXX. I guessed this to mean I fit the 156 better? This actually kinda worries me now...
I've tried on about 5 or 6 different boots, and these were by far the comfiest. I've read some good things about them, and the price was pretty competetive with what I had seen around. If anything, this is the part of the setup that I am least worried about, even if I did go over a bit.
Really should have done some more research on these. I kinda had this mentality that they weren't that big a deal, although the more I think about it now the more I'm concerned about whether I a) Overpaid for subpar bindings and b) could have done just as well with something a lot cheaper. I tried the boots on with Burton Freestyles, the ride LX and some of the entry level Drake bindings. The Salomons felt better, although by the time I went through I could have just been making it up which is one of the reasons I just put a hold order and walked away.
I haven't heard very good things about the K2 Indys (my other choice), and am having the worst timing buying used bindings.
Hmmm...went on a bit of a speel there I see =) Just excited/anxious to make a good purchase...not necessarily looking for the deal of the year, but want to know I'm not just wasting hard earned money. As per above, I have the option to make changes or worst case return the whole thing for money back. Any and all suggestions are welcome.