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Equipment choice, especially boots & skis, is really a personal choice but for gear geeks here's what I use & can recommend in terms of quality, function, reliability, durability and manufacturer's support etc: 

Skis (I'm 175cm tall & weigh 78kg)
Whitedot R.118 Ragnarok CarbonLite 190cm
This British brand carbon hybrid construction ski is manufactured to a very high standard in an independent Polish factory &, like all the Whitedot models, has their superb build quality as well as their distinctive crud busting tip shape. These are my 'big day' all mountain/freeride/touring skis & they're in the latest second generation CL3 lay-up. The original traditional construction Ragnarok was designed a few years ago by Pro skier Freddie Syversen as a super stiff charger & was waaay too much for mere mortals like me. The CL3 has been softened to make it easy to both ski & skin but still rip when you want to. The rocker at both ends combined with almost no camber & a long radius make it really easy to pivot/smear in tight spots. Paul, one of the Whitedot owners, described it as "playful yet serious" which is a perfect description. They have all the attributes of my Ranger CL's but with a greater soft snow bias & they float like a boat. On firmer stuff they're actually quite good as they're pretty damp for a carbon ski but on firmer days I'll be on either my Rangers or my Brahmas.

525mm low profile rockered tip with a 420mm low profile rockered tail.  
143-118-130.
30m radius.
1mm camber.
1530mm effective edge.
Very light for their size at only 3702g per pair in the flat!
Edges tuned to 1,4 degrees (=1,86).
Mounted with Dynafit Beast 16 bindings on the FR line in Quiver Killer 
inserts & the toes have been shimmed to give a +2mm delta angle. 
Total weight per pair mounted is only 5852g. 
 
Whitedot R.108 Ranger CarbonLite 186cm
The Ranger CL is my go-to everyday all-mountain freeride/touring ski. Mine are the first generation 13/14 CL2 lay-up which are a tad heavier than the current CL3 carbon lay-up. The carbon hybrid construction keeps the swing weight really low so they can really be thrown around for such a big ski. Simply the mutts nuts freeride touring ski! The tip rocker makes light work of variable snow, crud & windslab as well as ensuring that the tip will never dive. The stiffness in the mid section & high torsional stiffness gives great hard snow edge hold for a ski of this width whilst the tail shape can either lock in to the turn or smear as required. And their 28m radius gives excellent stability on drops & high speed run outs.

310mm low profile rockered tip with a short almost flat semi-pintail.
138-108-119.
28m radius.
2mm camber.
1400mm effective edge.
Mega durable aluminium tail protector (which looks like a fish tail) with a
a large cut-out for locating skin clips. 
Light for their size at only 3704g per pair in the flat.
Edges tuned to 1,4 degrees (=1,86).
Mounted with Dynafit Beast 16 bindings on the FR line in Quiver Killer
inserts & the toes have been shimmed to give a +2mm delta angle. 
Total weight per pair mounted is only 5854g. 
 
Blizzard Brahma 180cm
The Brahma, with its two & a half metal layers, is both torsionally & longitudinally stiff underfoot which makes it a superb hard snow performer. But when added to its 'flip-core' construction, its 88mm width underfoot & its forgiving rockered tip you've got yourself an excellent all terrain ski in it's own right, especially when all the off-piste is tracked out.
 
270mm rockered tip with a flat tail.  
125-88-110.
19m radius.
4mm camber.
1530mm effective edge.
4029g per pair in the flat.
Edges tuned to 1,4 degrees (=1,86).
Mounted with Dynafit Beast 16 bindings on the line in Quiver Killer
inserts & the toes have been shimmed to give a +2mm delta angle. 
Total weight per pair mounted is 6179g due to their twin metal layer 
construction.
 
Resqski
The above skis are all fitted with the excellent electronic Resqski lost ski finder system.
 
Skins
Colltex camlock mix 'Whizz' skins. These skins are a Colltex's superb
mix of 65% mohair/35% synthetic super durable skins which are excellent in all conditions but with the addition of their attest 'Whizz' glue meaning that cheat sheets are required. Yes that's right, you deliberately stick them 'sticky side to sticky side' yet they pull apart with ease. No more faffing with cheat sheets on a windy day etc or trying to pull apart skins that have become accidentally welded together.
 
Poles
Scott Cascade C carbon adjustable length freeride touring poles. 
Great feel/swingweight with a very sturdy/secure locking mechanism plus Scott's superb grip/strap & lower grip extension. The really clever thing is that they breakdown for easy stowing like a draw-chord avalanche probe.

Harscheisen & Boot Crampons
In additional to my Dynafit ski crampons/harscheisen I also have a pair of Tech 250 boots crampons which lock on/into the toe inserts on my boots. Whilst not as a functional as a full-on boot crampon they're more lightweight/compact (they fit nicely in between my ski crampons so take up no additional space) so are great to put in my bag as a bit of insurance. Check-out: http://www.proguiding.com/tech-crampon.html

Boots
Dynafit Mercury TF with factory liner. Custom footbeds, fitting & alignment shims by the superb Colin Martin & Andi McCann at Solutions4Feet. The downhill performance & walk/tour mode on these boots is superb yet they weigh in at only 1746g each including the footbeds & shims.

Protection
Giro Seam helmet.
Dainese Impact Plus shorts.
Black Diamond Telekneesis knee pads.

Eye Wear
Oakley A Frame goggles with Fire Iridium lens for mid-bright light.
Oakley A Frames goggles with Hi Yellow lens for low-mid light. 
Oakley are expensive but their lens quality & customer service is second to none.

Backpack
Scott Air 30 RAS with carbon cylinder. The Snowpulse removable airbag system (RAS) makes this excellent pack super versatile as the system can be removed & packed in hold luggage for air travel leaving the backpack for use as hand luggage. My boots also fit in it so can be carried as hand luggage which saves a lot of luggage allowance. The build quality/durability of this pack is excellent & the 'one handed' releasable metal waist/chest buckles & the built-in back protector are great features.

Avalanche Gear
BCA Tracker 2 digital transceiver,
Ortovox 240 Light PFA carbon probe & Ortovox Badgar metal shovel. Plus airbag backpack as above. 

Tools
In my backpack I carry a Leatherman ‘Wave' tool c/w ‘bit kit', a no.2 pozi screwdriver (for my Quiver Killer binding screws) my binding de-icing tool (see: http://www.thepisteoffice.com/index.php/2013-09-09-17-07-34/touring-binding-de-icing.html) plus a mini alu-oxide stone. Back at the chalet I have a tuppaware box 
containing all the bits you'd expect a tuning geek to carry!

Clothing 
Arc'teryx Rush hard shell jacket in Goretex Pro Shell fabric. Simply the mutts nuts.
Arc'teryx Stinger hard shell pants in Goretex Pro Shell fabric. As above!
Thorlos Thermolite eXtreme Level 1 ski socks. 
Patagonia Capilene 2 capri length base layer leggings.

Embers Merino long sleeve base layer tops (equal/better than the top brands but sensible money).

Arc'teryx Delta LT zip neck lightweight mid-layer.

Arc'teryx Atom LT mid-layer gillet/vest. I wear this all year round, often as top layer.

Arc'teryx Atom LT mid-layer jacket. I wear this all year round, often as a top layer.

Arc’teryx Lorum half zip midweight mid-layer. 

Arc’teryx Thorium AR down mid-layer/jacket.
Oakley Factory Pilot MTB gloves for down to about -8C after that my Kinco 901 gloves come out of my backpack. 

Boot/Glove Dryers
Lenz electric warmers. A brilliant piece of kit!

Luggage
S&R Deluxe wheelie holdall c/w boot compartment at each end. I've removed the metal retractable handle to reduce weight.
Nevisport double ski bag. Easily holds either two pairs of flat packed Quiver Killer'd skis & my bindings or three pairs of flat packed Quiver Killer'd ski (with my bindings in my hold luggage) plus my poles, shovel, probe & tuning kit - with either option weighing in the low cost airlines weight allowance.

 

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