The 18" variants at Wickes seem to have the swivel mechanism on the pads and they look more like the old version (also still in stock). I have a fair few of these and concur with the other comments on this thread, these are decent clamps and well worth the money. The XP versions with the alloy sides are a different beast to the usual bar clamps.Hi all
Looking at the picture it shows small pads and the locking mechanism is a slide, I have some of these from a long time back, the ones I have purchased more recently have longer pads and a rotary locking mechanism so whats the reason. They are both good and clamp with reasonable pressure but not as much as the bessey screw clamps.