First of all Poles... Rental poles are the shit. They're the most durable pole you can get aside from a race pole. Reason being, not only is it thicker aluminum but they can be bent back to shape if need be. Unless you are a slave to fashion or are looking for an actual technical pole, get rentals. Cheap and Easy!
Bindings: If you can afford them any of the pivot bindings (FKS, Look Pivot, Dynastar Pivot) are all F-in awesome choices, reason being:
1. Shorter mounting point which = a rounder flex for your skis. Which means they'll ski closer to the way they were designed to.
2. Lateral heal release. This means on those downward twisting falls you will be less likely to blow your ACLs.
C. BOMB PROOF... there is a lot of metal in these things especially the 15 and 18 din.
*if you cant afford pivot (because of how proud these companies are) look at the Axial 2. 14 din- 20 din.
you don't have the lateral release, but you do have full metal heel housings which make for an incredibly solid binding.
Stay away from Salomon STH and Marker M of Free series
-STH- will pre-release over time. The toes of the bindings wear out and do not hold the boot securely. Also, they're are east to break.
Marker Free or M- too efficient... you will pre-release every non-perfect landing you encounter.
These are just my suggestions... take-em' or leave um