I just picked up a pair of the '18 XA Forces Mid (non gtx) last week. Fit is perfect, very comfortable. I did not have the older ones, but tried them on a few times and find the wider toe box is a better fit. Salomon's are a bit of a weird fit for me, as I need a 12.5 in them (and could never find the mids in stock anywhere in that size), while I take a 13 in just about everything else. The only other boots I've had that have been this good of a fit out of the box for me, were my 1st gen (US made) Oakley SI desert boots (and those were 13w).