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As everyone has already mentioned... boots are the most important thing period... you really should not skimp on them. Try on a lot of boots and find the one that fits your foot the best - basically no pressure/pinching points and not roomy areas, it should actually feel snug, even you toes can be just barely touching the front of the boot. That's because you toes get pulled back when you bend you knees. And because the boot liner packs out a half size after a few days.
What ever boot fits you that way... get that boot (it is more important than getting a flexy or stiff boot even though I prefer stiffer boots). Note that these boots may not be very expensive... my friend scored a pair of .03 boots at REI last year (yes, 3 cents, we thought it was an error ourselves) and they have served her well. If you want suggestions, I personally like Nitro boots (good for people with skinny ankles) and two people in my group also ride them. My friend has the K2 Maysis boot like Powpow and likes them. Another few friends like Salomon boots (I used to ride them, but the heel is too wide for me).
The best bang for your buck brand is probably last year's gear on sale, or used gear (any mid-range, not super flexy binding that fits your boot)... when you are just starting out... none of the latest "tech" or "features" are really that crucial. 2012 Skate Banana wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever it's a snowboard and you already paid top dollar for it so go ahead an use it.
Last edited by lonerider; 12-28-2011 at 08:57 PM.