Cobb's Mazdaspeed3 shift knob is very well made, the fit and finish is beautiful and clean cut. In the summer heat, the knob does not get hot and as for the winter, the knob does not get extremely cold.
The 2009 shift bezel is a step up from the 2008 ones. The higher ledge helps hold phones or glasses in no problem, as it was a problem with the 2008's. The silver finish was nice but to bright in my opinion so I painted it semi-gloss black with carbon fiber vinyl (to match the radio bezel) for the interior.
The Matte Red WRX vinyl is to "fill out" the center stack as it does look a little bland with nothing there. The STi's shift bezel has a nice light up STi badge on theirs and it brings out a nice luxury feeling and since there is no way to do that, I made a gloss red WRX vinyl to fill it out, though the vinyl is larger than the STi emblem, it fits in perfectly.