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:
Colltex Clariden 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 acrlyate '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.
Harscheisen & Boot Crampons
In additional to my 120mm and 100mm Salomon Shift 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
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.
Giro Seam helmet.
Dainese Impact Plus shorts.
Black Diamond Telekneesis knee pads.
Oakley Flight Deck goggles with Jade Iridium Prizm lenses for mid-bright light.
Oakley Flight Deck goggles Hi Pink lenses for zero vis to low light.
Oakley are expensive but their lens quality & customer service is second to none.
Scott Patrol E1 AP 30 supercapacitor powered avalanche airbag. A superb pack with hassle free flying!
BCA Tracker 2 digital transceiver, Ortovox 240 Light PFA carbon probe & Ortovox Badgar metal shovel. Plus airbag backpack as above.
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!
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.
Lenz electric warmers. A brilliant piece of kit!
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.