Firstly, do you read the kite reviews in magazines?
Second, if you do what is it you like to know?
Third, If you don't read the reviews, why not?
I believe there is a very mixed opinion about this and it would be interesting to fined out why!
I skim or ignore the company provided marketing blurbs. For some reviews, that is the entire review. Which makes it just a sponsored gear guide.
I read the comments from reviewers and what the magazine thinks. TKB has been calling out the sections lately which is a little better. "What manufacturer says, Rider feedback, What TKB says, etc."
You have to realize that they never say anything bad about the kite. So I take the positive comments lightly (they usually echo the marketing speak) and I try to read between the lines on even the faintest criticism. There is usually more to it.
It's tough...because what I want to see is an honest review, which we never get. BUT, even if you did get that it would still be subjective because everybody likes different things! Some like lots of bar pressure, some like light bar pressure, some like a kite that sits where you put it and others like fast kites, etc.
The things we can all agree on is build quality. So it should be easy to have an unbiased review of materials, stitching, swivels, pulleys, safety release, etc. You either double/triple stitched it, or you didn't. You either have ball bearing swivels or a plastic swivel or a slider or whatever...
Same goes for light wind kites. Cut the bullshit out and put the same guy on the same board and have him trade out kites. Which kites get him riding in 10mph, which don't? That'd be an easy table.... rider weight, wind speed at time of test, was he able to ride?, power rating. You could read the table and say..."I'm lighter than him, that kite may work for me."