Actually it was exactly evenly split between LWB and PTB, so I asked Jaime to choose.
But this is getting way off topic so....
I have the same problem with Weejuns and use thick padding under the tongue to compensate. Not sure about how the length would work for you (because I'm not familiar with the 97 last), but the 606 works really well for me in my regular D width. Grab some patriots from the shoebank in 9D and 9.5D and return the ones you don't want. Or If the 97 is shorter than the 65, I would guess you'll be a 9D in the 606 as well.
Same situation here. Never really considered them as an option. Then saw them in person and loved the natural CXL. One of my favorite spring and summer shoes, especially with no-show socks.
For others considering it:
I went with my 5-last size, which may have been a little snug or short at first, but the CXL is very forgiving. They are super comfy!