Need board, bindings, boots
Sorry if this has been answered somewhere, don't mean to waste your time. I've been searching these boards for the past two hours or so and have learned a lot but still not enough to feel comfortable making a decision on what type of equipment I need. Here's my information.
I'm a little over 6 4, 245 lbs (trying to bulk to 255 eventually and stay) and I'm getting a snowboard, boots, and bindings for an xmas present this year. I went to a local retailer and the guys there seemed really helpful but after reading this stuff it also seems like they may have been good riders, but not very knowledgeable, considering they told me the chin rule on board length (apparently it depends more on weight) and pushed the Burton Custom over everything else (Rome and Neversummer look like awesome brands).
I've been riding for 6 years now, but I only get to go once a year for about a week, hoping to change that once I get out of college and have more control over my own finances. My family always goes to Aspen Colorado so there's a good selection of tough diamonds, well groomed areas, and some decent park and jump attractions. I like going down the diamonds, but I really enjoy tooling down the groomed sections and trying to do jumps/small tricks anywhere I can, in general just feeling like the mountain is my play place. I guess eventually I will be more in the fast=fun mentality and want an alpine board ors omething for the blacks, but for now I feel like a Freestyle board is what I want. As for my ability, I can do boxes, rails pretty consistently, small jumps and some mediums, working on trying to do some 180s this year, get more comfortable riding switch, and possibly get into a small halfpipe. We'll see, hehe.
With that said, I'm looking for the following information.
What is the best board I can buy for my riding style, ability level, and size for around 400-500 dollars?
What boots and bindings should I get to complement the board?
What size do I need? So many of the brands only seem to offer boards up to like 161 or 163 centimeters, judging from the FAQ guide I need between 165-180cm???
I wear size 11, 11 and 1/2 shoes so I guess I need a midwide board?
(P.S. I hate catching edges, when I do that, I really go down hard because of my size, is there a type of board I can look at to help prevent that? think I saw something about beveled edges. I know, I know, it happens, but that doesn't mean I can't try to minimize it).
I realize most of you say that boots are the most important, and bindings as well, even moreso than the board, but I don't see myself upgrading my board in the next few years. This is the one I will use for at least the next four seasons, when I get out of grad school/law school and have extra money to bandy about on shit like this.
Thanks in advance guys. This is a really impressive board.