yeah, used boots are okay to have around as spares once you've gone through them,
but definitely not something to buy.
try on lots of pairs and wear any pair you intend to buy for a good 5 or 10 minutes..
even strap into your setup if possible.
as far as pricing goes,
i've made the habit of buying equipment from the year before.
this means plenty of extensive reviews are available,
and you get things upwards of %70 cheaper.
(average savings probably around %40 off, in my experience.)
now is a good time for this, because everyone is getting their new stock in, has had their new stock in, and they're trying to get rid of old shit.
i always get past season clothes, too.
my bindings were $90,
this years model is like 140 if you get a good deal on em.
my first boots were originally worth $220+ and i got them for $129 the next year.
my board was $280 and cost 5-something last year.
old stock is the way to go if you don't have a problem not getting the newest thing.
saves a lot of money, allowing you to buy top notch stuff from the previous year.
as far as actual equipment goes..
i've got a similar build to you, at 6'2" and about 165-175, and i'm happy with a 156, but i'm also a boot size 10. considering your foot size, you could consider a mid-wide board, but know that such a decision would mean increased stability at the expense of response speed.
other than that,
i can't get terribly specific about what equipment you should look into.
Last edited by Loricybin; 11-17-2008 at 03:54 AM.