All of the Garmonts are soft, way too soft for my tastes. When comparing to other bootmakers, the Garmonts lack features and stability. For the same money, you can get much higher quality with other makers. It's hard to find shops where I live that carry tele gear, so I was stuck buying Garmonts and have regretted the purchase. Also, they designed for a high volume (thick and wide) foot, so buy small and pray.