That's the thing though, I'm looking into moving to Colorado in the next month so I plan to be riding a ton. I'm a pretty quick learner and like I said, I was linking turns my 2nd trip and linking them the first run on my 3rd trip. I plan on progressing quickly since I'll be going at least 3 times a week. Does that change your stance any? Also, as you have pointed out, boots are very important. I haven't neglected to think about them, but I figured I would start with a board and then work my way through boots and bindings. I've heard a good pair of boots is worth their weight in gold, and the same goes for bindings. What is your boot recommendation?
I have researched the camber vs rocker vs hybrid situation and I feel like I have a decent understanding of all of it. I guess my MAIN question is why do some people think that rocker is better for beginners. Some say "you catch less edge" and others say "you can learn to ride anything, a beginner can't tell the difference". Thoughts?
My recommendation for boots is exactly what I said: go down to a shop, spend a couple hours trying them on. If you don't have good shops around you, then wait until you get to Colorado next month and do it. You don't necessary need to skimp on boots, but I'd stay away from the low-end stuff (less durability) and spend whatever you have to. If you have to spend $100 more on boots and skimp on your board, then do it. Boots are too important to fuck around with and go off internet recommendations. For more help, check this
My opinion on rocker camber for beginners: learning on camber will make you a better rider in the long term. Rocker is more forgiving, so you fall less, but you can develop bad habits. Rocker is also less precise since the flip side of catching fewer edges is that it takes a slight bit more effort longer to engage a turn from the contact points. I am on a Never Summer SL, which is my favorite board and combines the best elements of the two. I ride both but increasingly if you made me pick one I'd go with camber for the precision. But that's my preference.
Again, my recommendation stands: get good boots, for board and bindings just buy something and try not to worry about it. If it was me, I'd get an Infinity and call it a day. But snowboarding is all preference and you're not in a position to know your preferences, so it's going to be a crapshoot no matter what you do. Don't stress about it, pick something, find some binders, and go focus on progression and less on what's strapped to your feet.