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Talking New Snowboard Set Up - what do you think?

Hi all.

I am getting back into snowboarding after quite a few years off the snow.

I am looking at the following set up:
158 Ride Machete
RideDelta or Rome390 or Flow NXT-FSE Bindings (?????)
Burton Ion Boots

My profile is approx 5'8 and 164-170lbs. Beginner > Intermediate (but should be well intermediate after a few trips back).

Looking to use the board as an all mountain set up - runs, jumps, rails etc.

What do you guys think, am I on the right track?

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Anyone have any opinions?

About to order this gear shortly.
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Looks fine to me....although it would be much better if you tried the boots on before buying them.
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Yep, sure will try the boots on.

Just wanted to be sure they were the 'right' boots for the bindings & board. I've heard nothing but good reports about the Ion and Machete for all mountain snowboarding hence the choice.

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As long as you don't have giant feet, any boots that fit you are the 'right' boots for your bindings/board.

Go try on every boot at your local store before you decide on the Ions. Boots are something you really really don't want to get wrong and everyones foot is different. I assume you want pretty stiff boots since you're going with the Ions?

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Thanks for the tip Jed.

Just went down to my local store who recommended the Imperial over the Ion for my needs. The boot seems less stiff or so im told.

One thing that I do have to make my mind up on is the size difference between a 9.0 and 9.5. Such a hard decision. The 9.5 is more comfortable and the 9.0 is quite tight at the toe end but as I am inexperienced in this area I dont know how much the boots will pack out.
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Boots will pack out about half a size to 1 size depending on the boot.

Are your toes curling? You want the boots to be a little tight at first. You want your toes to be pushing against the end of the boot but not curling. If your toes are curling, you've gone too small.

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Thanks, the dealer actually recommended the Rulers, not Imperial. However, I am also considering Imperials now also... making things difficult!

Regarding the size. My toes were a little 'bent' but not fully curled. I think the 9.0 might be the right choice if they can pack out .5 or 1.0 size up!

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Yeah boots are always hard to pick, try to sit in the shop with them on for 10 min each and see which is more comfortable and which gives you less heel lift.

Sounds like you'll be right with the 9.0, as long as it's not curling a ton and not causing a lot of pain on your toes.

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