The La Sportiva Bushido is a trail beast that combines a low profile fit with great sensitivity and traction. Over the last few years, we've tested it on all possible surfaces! Logging hundreds of miles we've tested it in the mountains, deserts, and forests - through all the seasons. We've trudged through rivers and over snow. We summited mountains and ran out roads. In the end, our testers truly continue to love this shoe for its wonderful balance of protection, sensitivity, and traction.
This year the Bushido lost its title as Editors' Choice to the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX. While the race was close, the inov-8 won because of its exceptional traction and protective features. Like the Bushido, it has a rock plate inlaid into the midsole, but it boasts a thicker midsole and a Gore-Tex overlay. While the lugs on the Bushido are deep and grippy, they wear down easily and don't stick as well to slick surfaces. That said, it has much better sensitivity and offers much better stability on technical terrain. In addition, this shoe is a little wider than the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX, making it a better fit for those with medium to narrow feet. Overall, the Bushido is a great choice for those looking for impressive mountain shoe. It dries quickly when wet while providing great traction, stability, and sensitivity on the trail. Take it with you on your next trail race or big adventure into the backcountry.