Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Beech Grove, Indiana *sigh*
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I am 6'3 and about 180 pounds. My feet aren't quite as big as yours though. I can tell you that I wear size 10.5 boots (I've never actually seen a size 15 snowboard boot, hehe) and I didn't need a wide board. I use a Rome Anthem board because I don't care for the parks, I'm all mountain. You should NOT buy a board online without trying it on in your situation. If you do end up with too much toe heel drag then you will be screwed and you won't have any fun. I don't know what kind of rental you got, but I'd suggest trying on different sizes to see what fits you. Also, most bindings I've seen have toe and heel lifts to help minimize drag. I have Rome Arsenal bindings and they work just great (no the bindings don't HAVE to match the board, but it makes things easier. You really just need to make sure the bolt patterns are the same.)
Getting a new board isn't an exact science. Just find one that works for you. Make sure your toes and heels are over the edge of the board so you have good control, but not so far that they dig into the snow when you carve. Other than that, there isn't a formula to go by that will always work out perfectly.
If you're looking for a new board and you're worried about quality, I think most big name brands have good boards. I personally am a Rome fan. I've never actually seen another one out there so it makes me wonder where they have most their sales, but living in the midwest I don't see a lot of snowboarders PERIOD. Just do your research and find one that fits your needs. Rome's site, maybe others have the feature as well, lists what their boards are good for. They have ratings that say whether the board is mountain, park, etc.
Good luck and have fun!