Originally Posted by tahoetransplant
looks like you've gotten a lot of good info. I work in a shop and there are only three boots that you need to know about (they are the most common boots on the market):
Scarpa: usually fits a narrow low volume foot
Garmont: your average "I'm not narrow, but not wide" foot (I ski them...)
Crispi: its a great boot for those who fit the mold for them, narrowish heel with a wide toe box (i'm talking like 6 toes style).
hope that gets things a bit clearer. Oh, and don't get sold on the NTN "new telemark norm"... no time to explain here, but its basically a new version of telemark which involves more a specialized boot-binding combination (very expensive)
Hate to debunk you, but Garmonts are wider in the forefoot than Crispi. Not only was I THE tele guy at my shop, but I was a tele instructor for many years and I also have a EEEE wide foot (six toes style). Crispis are tight as sin, Scarpas are tight as sin, but Garmonts are doable with some slight plastic mods on the shell.
I'm not a fan of the Crispi boot line with the way the bellows flex (they can pinch). Scarpas tend to be very stiff, as stiff as the rest of the plastic, and Garmont has a nice flex with a different plastic than the rest of the boot. I like the Garmont flex the best all around, and think they're the highest quality boots out there.
But, if you really want to light it up get the NTN!