I subscribe to Ski Canada, the late Inside Tracks and pick up the equipment issues of SKI, SKIING and POWDER. I also am able to get a hold of some Euro magazines like Aka Skidor and some of the numerous Japanese ski magazines.
The Japanese magazines have by far the most technical details much along the lines of what the US ski magazines used to offer in the eighties. For quality equipment photography, I would give the nod to any of the Japanese ski magazines along with Aka Skidor of Sweden.
IMHO, the least biased real world reviews readily available to US skiers are Peter Keelty's and the www.footloosesports.com
site. The reviews by the major US ski magazines as well as Ski Canada are just not very... Well let’s face it they have credibility problems particularly in the way they choose their top picks and how they describe equipment characteristics.
I am, by the way, a recovering gear addict.