It's a little stiff at first - but fret not. After a week or so of use it loosens up and fits the journals beautifully. As you love it (and drop it and scuff it) the cover develops an awesome patina. I do wish the pen loop was a little bigger - as the pens I love don't fit, but I can work around it with the snap closure.
The study cover is very sturdy and will last a long time. A bit hard to close probably needs more length in the clip strap. I recommend it for those tactile like me who finds the book linen too rough.
I'm so glad I decided the splurge and get the shield. I decided to go with the natural. I love its construction. It feels well made and that it will last for a long time. Also, it makes my BestSelf journal feel even more special.