Thanks for the feedback, gang.
I actually live in South Korea, and I knew I wanted to take up boarding this winter, so I bought Burton Rampant boots in the states when I visited in November (they don't come close to carrying my size here). So that's covered.
I stumbled upon a board shop here today and saw two older model jackets collecting dust (Koreans love the new stuff!). There's an Analog Asset jacket (2011 model?) rating 10,000/10,000 and a Volcom Over Armor jacket rating 15,000/10,000. I like the 15,000 rating on the Volcom, and it looks sweet, but it's low on pockets (which I'm a sucker for). The Analog is full up with pockets, and seems like a slightly sturdier shell, but I'm wondering if that extra 5,000 of waterproofing will make the Volcom a better buy. The Volcom is about 90 usd, the Analog is about 100 usd. The Volcom also looks sharper.
Any thoughts on those brands? Advice for which one to snag? I know some people say 10,000 waterproofing is enough, but I'd really hate to find it isn't when I'm on the mountain.
I'm also curious about the Burton Blunt board. I've read some places that it's a park board, but other people love it as a great entry level all-mountain piece. Any thoughts?