Well, we went to the local board shop and bought the whole deal: board, boots, bindings.
Salomon Lotus 147
Salomon Vigil Boot
Ride VXn Binding
$518 with tax, 2 year trade in policy (get 50% towards more gear), lifetime free waxing for her and family members, and free adjustments. I could have saved about $70 buying the stuff online (cheaper prices plus no tax), but it was nice to support a local shop and have them set everything up for us right then and there.
The person helping us was a women and has been boarding for quite some time now, done a lot of demo tryouts, etc. She actually sounded like she knew what she was talking about. She said at my wife's height/weight she could go from 144 on the low side to 152 on the high side. We went with the 147 because it was at my wife's lower lip with her boots on while the 149 and 151 seemed to be a bit long for her.
My wife loved the boots. She tried on Burton Lodi, some other lower end Burton, and a Vans with boa lacing. The Burtons felt good, her heel lifted in the Vans, but the Salomon's fitted her very well.
She really didn't try on any other binding than the Ride VXn. I had read some stuff about them online before hand (just a coincidence), the padding on the main strap is awesome, and the boots fit solidly into them. All in all this was a great experience and we have this forum to thank for a lot of it.
Last edited by livelyjay; 02-21-2008 at 06:57 AM.