I started doing more back country skiing last winter, my first couple of winters I used an inbounds set up and just snowshoed in, which is far from the most efficient way, but it's cheap and since I wasn't sure I wanted to do alot of backcountry skiing, the amount invested was right. When I finally did buy a backcountry setup, I bought pretty much the heaviest setup there is. K2 obseths with Marker Duke bindings and some Technica agent at boots. My main main focus is side country trips with only a few days of real touring and I really like to enjoy the way down so that's why I went with the setup I did.
My favorite thing about this setup is it's as good in bounds as it is out of bounds and I had a couple of days of 12-15 miles of skiing and it was fine. The two things I found out about last winter that I really liked was http://www.climbingskinsdirect.com/
I bought a pair of skins from these folks and they're great and much cheaper than any other brand of skins. Also I discovered grip wax. For longer flatter tours, I found skins super annoying cause they barely glide, wax on the other hand allows alot more glide and has enough grip for alot of conditions. Check out allen and mike's really cool backcountry skiing book, its got alot of great tips, including tips on waxing.
My biggest advice is ski your touring setup in bounds, the more familiar you are with it the better.