spk=wide as fuck, flexon=not wide as fuck (wouldn't go as far as saying narrow, but totally different fit). and anyone who says just buy a boot is an idiot, there is no best boot, only what is best for you. so yeah try to try them on
how can you talk about whole brands as a whole? Not compared to a head or nordica? Everyone company has a variety of lasts, look at nordica, would you say that the doberman is wide no? is the beast wide? yes, you have to look at individual models, and yes the SPK is wide compared to most boots on the market, more important it is high volume, not just wide, it just has a completely different fit then the flexon's. How can you say it is "in line with most salomon boots" every salomon boot has a different fit, come on man, I am not saying I know that much about boot fitting, but I fit for a couple of seasons and know enough to know that these boots are completely different and after putting them on your foot for 5 seconds you should know which one works better for you.
Im sure you know plenty more than me but Ill just give my experience buying a pair of boots last season. I tried on a bunch and did some research and sorta narrowed it to spks or rampages, basically whichever fit better, if at all. I have a narrow-medium foot, so was pretty sure I was gonna go with the rampages. I tried some salomon teneighties before (the clear green ones), which hurt my foot and were loose, but i figured id try the spks because a shop guy told me that salomon had recently totally reworked the last/liner/fit in general for that boot. I went to a proper boot fitter at some austrian ski shop here so that I would be sure I got the right size and proper comments. he asked me what boots i was looking at and agreed that they would both probably be a good option. after trying them both, i found they were both very similar feeling on my foot, though the rampages were heavier. i dont know if i made the right decision, but i went with the rampages even though they were heavier because i liked the adjustability and fact that not quite as many ppl seem to have them (still real popular though). honestly though, in the shop, they both felt very similar fitting. do get some pressure/bang if I wear them lots or land bad, so i wouldn't mind getting the wrap around liners for them (basically the same that you would get with FTs). i know this isnt a direct comparison, but dalbello and FT both base their designs off the old Raichles. I dont know how similar they fit, but ive heard they are quite close. again, only what ive heard, but i think those are a relatively soft flexing boot (?). when it comes down to it, you honestly have to try them on no matter how much research you do. if you cant get the FTs near you, you'll either have to take a trip or find something else. if the spks fit and feel good and you can get them, then there isnt a whole lot of reason to try and get the FTs, though I agree, they look/sound pretty rad. I wish I'd considered them more when I was in the market, but Im still pretty happy. not a ton of professional or objective info here, but I hope it helps.
yea fulltilt boots seem like they are for people with a thinner forefoot and thinner ankles, i have a narrow to medium sized foot/ ankle and i have ill moros (same as rampages)which i was told are only slightly wider than fulltilt, the boot companies make different boots for different feet, once you know your true foot dimensions, youll know what models from what companies are best for you, then compare only those boots.
it would be great if we could pick our boots based on looks, but unfortunately thats not the way it is, and if you crammed your foot into a boot that was to narrow you can seriously damage your foot and then need surgery to fix the problem(obviously worst case scenario). ,,,,, your best bet is to get the boots you need, and then paint them with auto paint to whatever colors you want, either way its your money and i promise you if your boots dont fit correctly youll just have to re buy them next season