I agree that the first three considerations are fit fit fit. For my 0.02 I'd like to throw out a recommendation for Salomons. I've been snowboarding for 18 years now and I usually lack any kind of brand loyalty because I like to try whats new and out there. The one thing that I havent changed is my boot brand (at least in the last 8 years). I know they're a ski company and so forth but I love the boots. I have had Dialogues, Synapses, and i'm now riding a pair of malamutes. still love em.