So far, I've been using rental boots, boards, and bindings (which snapped on me last time out) to see how I liked the sport (which I have fallen in love with, and yes, I've taken 3 lessons thus far, in addition to having plenty of time for my own practice runs). So, with now being a good time for deals, I couldn't resist (since I know I want to keep doing this)
2008 Vans Mantras, size 13, for 130 bucks. I know they're on the low-end of the scale, but they fit me very
well, and selection in my size is sparse.
2008 Rome Targas, L/XL, for 150 bucks. Everything I've heard about these tells me they're fantastic bindings. So when I saw them available at this price, I heard a voice in my head say "DO IT!"
Aaand my very first board.
2008 Endeavor Live 158W for 320 bucks. I wanted an all-mountain board, and this seems to fit the bill, not too mention all the reviews I've read (albeit there are few) are pretty glowing in their description of its abilities. That it also looks (to me) pretty effing cool is just a nice bonus. I can't wait for my first run with my own gear, and looking forward to improving my skills going down the runs, and maybe getting a chance to try it at the park, when I'm ready for it.
Grand total? 600 bucks. I think that's pretty good for new, current year equipment, eh? Opinions, comments, criticisms are all welcome.