I tried one of these on at a local sporting goods store and really liked the feel of the leather. As soon as I saw it go on sale online, I ordered one. With the dearth of reviews on this glove online, you wouldn't ever know that it's an absolute great glove that compares favorably to other top of the line gloves. The laces are much better than my son's Wilson A2K or A2000. They're comparable to my other son's pro preferred but maybe even slightly better. They're also better than my 44 pro custom signature series. The leather feels great and broke in very nicely. I would say it's on the same level as an A2K, HOH or 44 pro sig series. The finger inserts are very stiff but the palm padding at the base of the palm isn't as thick as you'll see on other gloves which is the way I like it. To be honest, I wasn't sure about the flare because I've never flared my gloves before but I liked it so much the I'm now flaring my 44 pro so that it breaks in just like this glove.