I have bought almost every Mistral ever made (until 3 or 4 years ago) , one F2 XS slalom (recently) 2 x Thommen RS and for the last 3 or 4 years Starboard.
I used to buy on the basis of "whats everybody using ?"
Lately I buy based on : whats available, cost and lastly (maybe a little of what I read in a "test").
For me, lifes too short to debate it any other way !!