I have been running in Salomon running shoes for 3 years now. They are the best fit for my narrow foot. Drawstring lacing is everything you wanted. The GTX vs. XA Pro. The shoes are very different. The GTX is a half size larger, so if you have a XA Pro, order a half size smaller than it. I have not enjoyed these shoes for several reasons. They do not drain water at all. The toe area is cut very tight. The left is wider than the right. The left is shorter than the right. I get horrible toe blisters on my left foot once wet. I do not know if Salomon made this style in a different factory than others but they are not like other Salomon shoes. I have since retired these. This is the best store for styles and price in the US.