1. CAPiTA (Stairmaster or Scaremaster)
2. Rome (390)
3. Burton (Goretex ftw)
lots of research online and in-store trying things on. most people say capita boards are cheap but perform well over their cost, and people seem to be crazy for rome bindings. burton's goretex clothes are amazingly warm and breathable, just as advertised. i'm guessing their waterproof abilities are topnotch too but i haven't gotten to try my pants and jacket on at the slopes yet.