The Bushido flaunts a low profile design, super stable construction, and fantastic traction. Built for mountain running, this shoe is perfect for any trail surface from zoomy singletrack to super technical scree fields.
The Bushido is a great rugged trail running shoe.
Protected tootsies? You bet! The rigid outsole and midsole rock plate, more rigid than the Saucony Peregrine 7 - Women's, protects your foot from sharp rocks. The toe cap is one of the hardest tested, meaning you are well protected from unexpected stubs. The mesh also does a fantastic job at keeping out sand, fine dirt, and mud. While the overlay is not waterproof like the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX, it still does okay while crossing rivers. We noticed that it is not water resistant by any means, but it does dry out quickly.
In comparison to other contenders like the Peregrine 7 and Salomon Speedcross 4 - Women's, this shoe does not boast much in the way of foam in the midsole. As a result, it is a little less protective in that regard. However, the trade-off is wonderful sensitivity. Overall this shoe scored a solid eight of ten in this metric for its above average foot protection, however, it's not exemplary.
The gusseted tongue, rock plate, and tightly knit anti-debris mesh do a great job protecting feet on the trail.
The traction on this shoe is amazing. The lugs are made up of an insanely sticky rubber that sticks to tough surfaces. Not only that, but they are multi-directional and deep. That said, unlike the inov-8, the lugs did not do a great job on super slick surfaces like wet rocks. In addition, because the lugs are only 4 mm deep, they do not do a great job on super soft surfaces like mud or snow, like the Salming Elements and Salomon Speedcross 4. We also learned that they aren't very versatile nor durable on hard surfaces. Because of the soft, sticky nature of the lug, it wears down on hard surfaces. In general the outsole lacks versatility and is meant specifically for the trail. It will do well everywhere else - from easy single track to steep and grueling trails in the mountains.
The outsole is sticky and fairly aggressive, biting down on the trail for great traction.
Feeling almost as stable as the Salming Elements, we weren't worried about turning ankles. The low profile design (4 mm drop) combined with the thermoplastic urethane frame keeps you feeling low to the ground. The tight and light uppers wrap around the foot, while the lacing systems allow creative ways to adjust your shoe. We also appreciated the steel shanks integrated into the midsole that made it more rigid and thus more stable. If you're in the market for one of the most stable shoes over all terrain, be sure to try out the Bushidos!
Great stability is key! This shoe is one of the most stable tested! We can hop to and fro without a care in the world!
Comfort & Fit
Even though this shoe offers exceptional stability and protection, it is definitely not the most comfortable out there. The cushioning in the midsole is minimal (which attributes to its great stability) measuring only 14.5 mm. This is the lowest of all the shoes tested. In addition on the trail, you truly can feel everything. Even though the rock plate provides good protection, we noticed our toes getting tender faster than other contenders like the Peregrine 7 or inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX. That said, this shoe does sport great overall breathability and dries quickly. As a result, it scored an average score in the comfort category.
The fit of this shoe is a little more narrow than the Peregrine 7 but not as narrow as the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX. Many of our testers liked the fit as it provided some arch support as well, but not as much as the Merrell Agility Peak Flex - Women's. The toe box is also wide enough to accommodate some foot swelling over long distances. The heel cup fits tightly and we did not notice any odd constrictions or pinches in the fabric. Our only recommendation is to size up a half or even full size. They are a small fit!
Keep in mind that La Sportiva uses European sizing. It actually took us two rounds of ordering and sending the shoes back to get the size right. We also found they ran small. If you're ordering online, order a couple pairs that you think might fit, and send back the ones that didn't.
This shoe feels nice and light on your foot and isn't bogged down with additional and unnecessary materials on the upper. Weighing in at 10.75 oz, this shoe felt a little heavier than the rest. This may be attributed to the integration of the steel shanks that provide better stability. In addition, this shoe is fairly absorbent, taking in roughly 4.55 oz of water and taking about five hours to air dry. That said, on the trail during water crossings, this shoe dried fairly quickly and did not saturate immediately - making it a good shoe for all surfaces. That said, we wouldn't recommend it if you're planning on running through a full-blown rainstorm.
The shanks in the midsole add a little weight, but it still feels pretty nice and light on the trail.
If you're looking for a lighter shoe with similar protective elements, be sure to check out the New Balance Leadville Trail v3 - Women's
or the Nike Terra Kiger 4 - Women's
. If you're looking for a little less in protection but a lower weight, take a gander at the Salming Elements
A magical balance between foot protection and sensitivity exists in the Bushido. The super low profile and only 14.5 mm of cushioning allow you to feel and navigate the trail with ease. Aside from the ultra-sensitive and less protective Salming Element, this is one of the most sensitive shoes tested.
Given the La Sportiva Bushido's cute design, fantastic protection, and great traction, this is a wonderful trail shoe built for the mountains. We'd recommend it for any trail surface. Take it with you on anything from your next three miler to your next 50 miler. But make sure you get used to the lack of cushioning first and avoid it for use on roads.
The La Sportiva provides a wonderful ride across a variety of terrain. Here we test it in the sandy desert environment of Moab, UT.
With a price tag of only $130, this shoe is a great value. This price is the norm for most high performing trail shoes, and this is one of our top contenders. That said, after years of testing we noted some basic wear and tear - primarily on the lugs and uppers. This shoe is typically less durable than others and we've even noticed lugs breaking off in rocky conditions. However, that was after ~200 hundred miles had been logged. If you want a shoe that is truly the best value, be sure to look at the Saucony Peregrine 7 instead (our Best Buy award winner).
The La Sportiva Bushido is a highly protective low profile shoe that boasts stability and sensitivity over all surfaces. Take it with you on your next trail race or on a long backcountry adventure. Just be sure to avoid using it on super rocky or pavement surfaces.
Here we take the Bushido on a little jaunt through the arches of Moab, Utah. the upper proved to be impervious to sand doing a great job on a versatility of surfaces.