After reading Osteralia's review dated 1-22-14, I expected this Bible to have a soft leather cover, but I was greatly disappointed. the Bible I received had your basic leather cover that felt like covered cardboard; nothing soft or like "subtle calf skin" as indicated in the mentioned review. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the Bible; it just did not turn out to be what I expected after reading that review (Osteralia's review was the whole reason I sent ahead and ordered this particular Bible).
I normally try to keep my opinions to myself but given the opportunity to review this I had to share. This Bible is by far the highest quality I have ever owned. The leather used on the cover is exactly that Leather. Being calfskin it is very soft and supple and being leather it also has it's own unique pattern. As far as the ESV I am familiar and very comfortable with the translation, as it is my preferred. I have not really used the bible helps (concordance etc.) as of yet. Great value for the money.