I've been skiing my Spectre 2.0 for 2 seasons now and have overall been very impressed by the boot. I think it represents a great value in a backcountry boot and can hold it's own as a quiver of one if you find yourself skiing area in it. While I''m not giving up my dedicated alpine boot anytime soon, the Spectre does most everything reasonably well and represents one of the better values for an all around boot currently on the market.
Stiffness: Previously, I'd owned a Dynafit Vulcan and a Scarpa Mobe. Both of those boots were overall stiffer than the Spectre, but nowhere near as tourable. While the Spectre 'carpet flexes' on the softer end of the spectrum, it skis more powerfully than I initially expected. I've had no problem driving 110mm+ (granted, lighter touring skis, not inbounds rippers) and not wished for more boot. I have two much faster ski partners who swapped their tongue liners for wraps and ski the Spectre 2 inbounds on all but the most aggressive of days.
Tourability: Compared to both the boots mentioned above, the Spectre is in a different class. Not quite as much range of motion as some of the newer 2 buckle boots I've demo'd, but definitely more than any other of the traditionally big boots out there. Mastrale/Mastrale RS are near, but side by side I thought the Spectre had a little more freedom of movement. Like another mentioned, I had one issue my first season with the ski/walk mech freezing up in damp conditions, but after talking to Sportiva and greasing the bar and mech it was bullet proof for the remainder of that season and all of last year.
Fit: The Spectre 2 fit has improved over the first generation of the boot. When I tried tje black Spectre, it was tight in the instep and ankle area, but the fit has gotten roomier in both of those areas with the 2. The Mobe and Vulcan both felt relatively 'boxy' in fit, while the Spectre feels a little trimmer and more tapered. I haven't had to do any shell work outside of a liner mold, but allegedly the plastic of the shell is heat moldable as well.
(Posted on 12/7/2017)
I have the 1.0 boot and I've never owned such a comfortable and versatile boot. These things have been extremely thought out. That said, the durability leaves a lot to be desired. One of my tongues broke in half right on the "EZ FLEX" flex point on one of the first tours out (it was super cold, so maybe got a bit brittle). The single screws retaining the buckles come loose pretty much every time I'm out. However, the worst part is the wear in the ski/walk switch mechanism. After only two seasons, the little rivet that holds the achilles bar against the ski/walk pin has worn all the way through from rubbing while touring (normal operation). The boot will still go into ski mode, with the pressure of heel and calve keeping the bar and pin connected, but if I really start torquing on the cuff rotation while skiing, the bar will pop off the pin without warning, putting the boot into walk mode while the switch is still int he ski position. Wondering if any of these issues have been worked out in version 2.0. If so, this is hands down the best boot I have ever owned, just want them to last more than two seasons of moderate use.
(Posted on 1/20/2017)
Amazing boots, nice upgrade from the original. Do not fit Dynafit Beast bindings. Very important to check hardware before each use and tighten. Use blue loctite. Also important to not put away wet, especially in the Northwest where the snow tends to be wet/sticky. This can corrode the ski/walk mechanism and impede usability. White lithium grease works great on the walk-bar.
(Posted on 1/18/2017)
These boots have exceeded all of my expectations for a touring boot. The range of motion while touring is amazing and the comfort of the boot let's me stay out all day. The downhill performance is spot on with a 110/115 flex boot. Make sure to thermo-form the liner for the ultimate comfort. The buckles are a little weird at first but once you figure them out they are super easy to use and the easiest buckle to adjust in the field that I have ever had.
(Posted on 11/11/2016)