Glad you're going to dump the technine bullshit. Whether you go with straps or flows, if you've got the money, don't get entry level stuff. No matter what company you go with, they will suck. That means NXT for flows or something comprable in traditional straps.
As for boots, since you said 10-10.5, I assume you haven't tried them on yet. Don't fall in love with one brand or model before you try them on. Finding boots isn't just about finding your size, a person could try on every size in a particular boot line and never be comfortable until they switch to something different. Find the boots based on fit and less on manufacturer or price.
For a board, you want a custom designed snowboard??? For what, the graphic? If you've got the cash, go with a higher end model from a reputable manufacturer.
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