For the most part, amen.
Some aspects of many brands are still carried over into newer boots, or at least somewhat retooled.
For example, a 98 last in boot A might be a whole centimetre further back on the foot when compared to boot B. I have stuck my foot in, and fitted many people for boots where, the 98mm last somehow fit better than the 101mm last. I have seen this on occasion with technica and my foot, actually.
example: I try on something like an Agent 130... and compare it to a Dalbello Krypton Pro. Both high-end freeride 98 last boots. The widest parts of the last seem to be on two different extremes of where they should be on my foot - with the Krypton Pro being too far back, if i'm not mistaken, and the Agent 130 being too far forward (I could have those mixed up, but i'm pretty sure i'm right). With something like the Nordica Enforcer, however, the last fits perfectly over my toebox, right off the shelf without needing to tweak it in any way. The last just fits right...
Furthermore, many different boots have slightly different angles of instep shapes. Technicas are notoriously too deep or shallow for me - either giving my foot too much vent space or downright crushing my arch, Salomons are almost always too shallow, whereas Nordicas seem to be damn near perfectly snug without inducing any significant pressure, and Dalbello/Fulltilt seem to be a very close second.
I am in the Dalbello Krypton Pro, and the Nordica Hot Rod 130. They both fit and work fantastically after slight tweaks in each, as well as "Bode Punches" in each.
Have a nice day, Bluename.
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