First off, i would like to say i am familar with the "search" function and i have tried it, but havent been able to find any good results that apply to my questions. Any help would be appreciated.
This will be my second season riding (about 15 days last year) and feel i am picking up the sport pretty quick (can carve down the whole mtn, hit / land a few small jumps). I am 6'0, 190lbs, with a 10.5 boot and ride mostly at Big Bear, Mt High, and am looking forward to a couple trips to Mammoth this year. I am buying a whole new setup and am on a moderate budget ($300-350 for boots / board). I already picked up some Burton Custom bindings for a good deal.
My first question is with boots. Im looking for a reasonably priced boot with good ankle support. I looked at the Burton Moto but have read a lot of users describing them as "soft" and or "loosening up." I need good ankle support cause on my last run of spring last year in Tahoe i F'd up my ankle.
My second question is any board suggestions you guys have (within my budget *or maybe a little above it*). I am definitely an "all mountain" rider and even though i said i jumped a few times, im not going to be a park guy. Also, I am on a 158 board now, should i be riding a bigger board because of my weight?
THANKS for your help! Also, if anyone lives in San Diego and ever wants to carpool up to Bear / Mt High let me know.