I have gone through my fazes with different manufacturers.
In the 80's I was hooked on Olin Skis (where are they?) and bought 3 pairs of Olins in a row. Olin Mark IV Comps 185, Olin 930i 195 & Olin CRX Comps 200. That was back in my one ski quiver days, so that lasted about a decade averaging 3 seasons a piece.
At the end of the 80's I left Olin as they lost their appeal as the line was dumbed down and bought my only pair of K2's the KVC Comps 200 and then into the 90's a string of Salomon skis starting with the 9000 Equipe 2s Power 8 (about a 207, longest ski ever!), Pro Link Super Force also a Power 8 (but only about 203) and finally an XScream Series 195.
Which brings me into the 2000's when I finally discovered Volkl beginning with the Vertigo Motion 184, AX3 724 Motion 177, made a slight detour with Nordica and a pair of Hot Rod Nitrous 170 and then back to Volkl for the AC30 Wideride 170 and now RTM 81 171
I tend to ski a new pair of skis for about 3 season before either selling or relegating it to "rock" duty. Once I got into racing during the 2007 season, I bought my first pair of modern race skis, a used pair of Volkl SL P40 World Cup, then replaced that with my first pair of Blizzards since my first pair of skis, Blizzard Special purchased in 1972, the SLR Race Mag IQ. For GS I bought a pair of Volkl Racetiger RC cheater skis in a 173 and I now have a pair of Volkl Ractiger Speedwall GS Motion 175. I also own a Rossi E98 180 making that the 2nd pair of Rossi's I have owned with the other a late 70's Roc R Series R in a 190.
Concerning boots, I tend to use a pair for about 4-6 seasons before replacing. The only brand that I have had a string of purchases was Salomon beginning in the late 80's with the SX91 Equipe, left for the Lange Mid 5.0 then right back to Salomon for the Prolink Equipe, then X-Wave 8 and X-Wave 9. Right now I am back with Lange with the RX130 making Lange the only boot brand other than Salomon that I have had more than one pair of.
There you have it, my equipment history and fazes of mfgs.
Edited by rickg - 1/13/15 at 9:03pm