Advice on First Board
I'm looking to buy my first board, and since there's some good deals right now, it seems like a good time to do it.
I'm about 6 feet tall, 160 lbs, i wear size 10.5 running shoes, I'd imagine that shouldn't be too far off of my boot size. I can get down an easy black diamond on a few MN hills (Spirit and Afton), but I haven't snowboarded anywhere too challenging yet. I'd like to get a board that'd be good on groomed trails and powder, I don't plan on venturing into the terrain parks too often.
Right now I'm leaning towards the Rome Solution. I found a 156 and a 160 online for a good price with free shipping. I think I'd get the 156. I also found a Ride Concept TMS 161 and a Ride Yukon 159 for about the same price. All three of these are the 2008 models new for right around $250, which is what I would like to spend on a board.
I was planning on getting the Rome 390 bindings as well, they seem to be highly recommended here.
I'm not gonna end up getting boots until later, since I don't think that there's anywhere near that I'd be able to try on enough to find a good pair for me.
I'm looking for any suggestions/advice on the board, bindings, or anything else that might be helpful.