Got this towards the end of last season (January 2010) rode it for a good 3 months. starts out VERY stiff, but after 4-5 days it softens up alot. my advice is to break in the leather before you ride it (just flex it alot in your hands to work it) and youll have a great boot from the get go!
i was riding ice all of feburary and it kept control very nicely, wasnt overly soft, but also wasnt so hard that you couldnt move at all.
march and april turned into chmpagne powder and the boot was just broken in, was absolutely phenomenal!