I am completely new to snowboarding. I plan on just riding the mountain. Maybe some small jumps, but nothing too crazy. I was looking at this Rome boot:
Rome Smith Boot | Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate 2010
The other boot that I was looking at is a brand new 2007 Burton boot (sandstorm color - the light brown one):
Burton Hail Boot - Mens Reviews | 7 reviews | Buzzillions.com
Burton Hail, 2007 - Review - Crazy SnowBoarder . com
The salesperson said that while the Rome boot is fine for now since I am new to snowboarding, the Burton boot is better because 1) it is better insulated and 2) it is stiffer and therefore will be a better boot for when I progress. He said that as I progress and get better I will probably want to get better boots than these Rome boots. With the Burtons, he said I won't need anything better. Now that I think about it, I don't know what he means by progress?
My main concern is that the Burton boots are from 2007. I was just surprised that the salesperson was recommending these old 3-year old Burton boots over this years model Rome boots. Wouldn't a current model boot be better than a 2007 boot? The salesperson said that the boot (like the shell, etc) haven't changed in the last few years. Is that correct? While the store seems trustworthy, I am hoping that they are not trying to push off this old 2007 boot on me.
Comfort and price aren't a factor. They are equally comfortable to me. And the price is exactly the same on clearance. The Burton's were $220 MSRP and the Rome boots were $150 MSRP. My board is mostly black so I was gravitating toward the Rome boots, but this isn't a fashion show, so I am trying to really stick with a better boot.
Which do you think I should get and why? I don't know what to do and need to make a decision asap. Do the Burton's belong in a museum? Or have they truly not changed in the last few years? Is the Burton 2007 technology better than these Rome Smith boots?
Anyone have the latest Burton Hail that can comment? Also, is the Burton Hail overkill? What I am going to progress to?