Originally Posted by lckcpaddler2
I like class 3-4 rapids.. nothing too crazy. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
Not to be a jerk, but I would suggest that you seek professional instruction before you look to buy a boot. An instructor would also be a good source of info for where to find good used boots locally. Shipping on a used boat is likely to gut the savings you are looking for.
If you have already gotten instruction then keep in mind that Class 4 whitewater is defined as:
"Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require “must” moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting may be necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended. Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated “Class IV-” or “Class IV+” respectively."
If your whitewater experience has been limited to some commercial rafting trips remember that guides sometimes quote higher ratings for rapids in hopes of better tips. That "Class 4" you thought was not so bad on that raft trip might have been a high water Class 2+.
Just my $.02
Start safe and have a long, fun life of enjoying whitewater.