good point. wonder why they never send out the B5. that ski gets great "reviews" from shops and techs, but it's a bitch to even find for demo.
i encountered a cool thing at a local shop at the end of this season, btw. when i had my AK No Ka Oi's mounted, the techs were flipping out over them. When i went to pick up the skis the owner and i got to talking about "boutique" skis and he said that any time I was interested in a particular ski to check with him. He said that a lot of the smaller companies had been calling him and that he could probably have them send over skis for me to demo. He specifically mentioned Goode. i thought that was kind of cool, considering that he doesn't carry those skis. i know a lot of the smaller companies (PM Gear, for example) will email you and tell you where they are riding on a particular day and then the reps will let you ski their skis (since they're so small they don't have demo models). Ditto for Prior Skis out of Whistler. Except that they actually do a demo tour.
But it is interesting to learn how the companies and magazines "control" the flow of what gets tested and what gets reviewed.