Bushido II Trail Running Shoe
Designed for serious runners taking on technical terrain, the La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running shoe is the winner of the coveted Editor's Choice award from Trail Runner magazine for 2019. This newest iteration aligns with the mentality of — improve it, but don't mess with what makes it loved. You can expect the same low-volume performance fit, same drop, same low weight, same snug fit, and same outsole rubber and lug pattern. This outsole and aggressive lug pattern provide you with excellent traction across both wet and dry surfaces when you're running fast on steep mountain terrain.
The most noticeable update to the Bushido is the midsole construction. La Sportiva added their proprietary LaSpEVA in an effort to create a more responsive and springier ride to keep you comfortable through longer distances. Additionally, the upper has been updated with a more breathable mesh fabric that still retains the same durability of its predecessor so you can confidently tackle rugged terrain through the mountains. Finally, in an effort to avoid pinching, the toe guard has been redesigned. Rubber extends over the toe box for bomber protection on those technical trails you'll be running while the strip of synthetic material that used to reside on the perimeter of the toe box has been removed to avoid pressure points to keep you comfortable through the miles.
- Award-winning running shoe for technical performance on the trails
- Breathable mesh uppers withstand the rigors of heavy trail wear
- Padded, breathable, ergonomic tongue is gusseted for a stay-put fit
- Added proprietary LaSpEVA creates a responsive and springy ride
- STB stabilization technology on side of uppers for precise control
- Updated heel design increases comfort and provides locked-down fit
- Soles use dual-compound rubber for superb grip on wet or dry trails
- Outsole lugs wrap midsole for added stability on off-camber terrain
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- Q & A
So close ...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 46
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 175lbs
For years I've run, hiked, backpacked, and scrambled in the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor. I found them supportive, versatile, and comfortable with one exception. I've lost a few toenails, not due to sizing too small but because of irritation from the rubber overplate which folds over the toebox. As a replacement I've tried the Wildcat (high on volume and low on technical fit) and Akyra (weirdly narrow and pointy toe box), as well as various offerings from Salomon, Oboz, and Merrell (by far my least favorite). None worked as well as the Ultra Raptor.
Enter the Bushido II - it has a lot to offer. First the pluses: (1) a breathable, pliable, quicker-to dry upper, (2) no annoying fold-over rubber bumper to irritate the piggies, (3) a cushioned, comfortable ride, (4) an aggressive sticky rubber tread pattern, and (5) a look even my wife likes!
So what's not so great? The midsole is considerably softer, more flexible, and less supportive than that incorporated in the Ultra Raptor. This results in more trail "sensitivity", but that's not always a positive if you need the support. In addition, the tongue shares a problem with the Ultra Raptors in that it will not stay centered but rather migrates to the outside of each shoe (a worse problem on the Bushido than the Raptor). This can result in ankle irritation from the shoelace. At least the Utlra Raptor has shoe lace slots on the tongue to hold it somewhat in place (see photo). Come on Sportiva, this problem is easy to resolve.
For me, the five-star shoe would be the Bushido II upper on the Ultra Raptor platform with a stable tongue (La Sportiva - are you listening?). Until then I'll probably go back to the Ultra Raptor and ensure I'm wearing socks with no toe seam. The tongue-centering ankle thrashing problem with the Bushidos is a deal killer for me.
Sizing: I'm a men's US12 in Asics, Brooks, Nike, and such running shoes. A Bushido (and Ultra Raptor) 46 gives me the right fit.
Think about ordering a size up
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 42.5
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 150lbs
Probably a dope hiking shoe but La Sportiva's size conversion chart is inaccurate. I tried to get a 9.5 US which is a 42.5 according to them. I trusted the chart and ended up a size too small. Definitely worth noting before you order.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 44
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 165lbs
This shoe runs narrow... like uber narrow. I went a full size up to try and combat this but it didnt work. I wanted to love and use these shoes but couldn't. The toe box is way to small for my feet. The construction and feel of these is amazing and I wanted to use them on some light bouldering/ extreme trail running but I guess that will be reserved for whatever shoe I find next. :( please design some with a wide toebox like the Reebok crossfit nanos then I'll come back!
Good shoe but not my favorite for running
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
Good shoe but not my favorite. Ok for hiking but not great for running (for me). My favorite thing about them is, like all La Sportiva’s they have amazing traction and grip. I have pretty low volume feet but they don’t seem to hold my foot as well as the mutant or Akasha, which seems weird since the bushido’s are supposed to be lower volume, maybe it’s a more specific fit thing. For reference Salomon S-Lab shoes seem to fit me the best (sense rides are a little too wide for me). The old version of the bushido fit me a little better and felt more supportive/stable.
They run small but are consistent with the other LS trail shoes I’ve tried. I’m a 10.5 in most brands (Salomon, Nike, brooks, Hoka) and wear a 45 in La Sportiva which is supposed to be 11.5 I think (it’s only a half size difference or less in euro sizes though, Salomon says 10.5 is 44 2/3).
I recently had the chance to try on the La Sportiva Kaptiva and kind of wish I had gotten those instead. They fit my feet really well, very secure lockdown, like almost like high end Salomons.
I'm a runner now!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 8
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 180lbs
I bought these trail runners for my husband and this is what he has to say, "Wowzers! I was a little nervous about starting to get into trail running, especially about which shoe to buy. But after a lot of research, and trying several pairs on, I decided to go with these La Sportiva Borshida II. And I am glad I did! I've noticed that these are still trying to break-in a little bit, and that might be because I don't run everyday. It seems like these might run a tad bit small. But slide a thin sock on, and you're as good as new. Very happy with my purchase!"