Bushido II Trail Running Shoe
Designed for serious runners taking on technical terrain, the La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running shoe has enjoyed general praise and garnered industry accolades for a reason. This newest iteration respects that, aligning 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
- LaSpEVA footbed creates a springy response across long distances
- 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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What do you think about this product?
February 11, 2020
Much narrower fit than Wildcat
I ordered a pair to see if I’d like them better than the Wildcats I’ve been wearing the last 3-4 years. It turns out the fit of the Bushido II is way narrower than the Wildcat. I was told by the seller that they were the same in this regard. The same size Bushido was so narrow I could barely push my foot in wearing my Darn Tough socks, where with the Wildcats, I have plenty of room. Very tight on the sides. Seemed like a little less toe room too. I’d hoped to go a little lighter and perhaps dry a little more quickly with the Bushido’s.
January 3, 2020
Almost there but still awesome
The bushido I was the gold standard for technical trail running shoes for me (5 stars without question). I must have gone through 6 pair over the last 4 years. I worked them hard and they tended to wear out and break down in multiple ways at once and it was consistent. At the end of the day the II's are little-changed and if anything most of the improvements are a positive. They are still everything I look for in a shoe for technical and steep terrain: - The lugs are super sticky and don't flex. With the rock plates this means you can step on a pointy rock at full stride and not feel it. And the traction is amazing! - They hug the feet really well (disclaimer: they are narrow, and your feet either love it or hate it - it's perfect for mine) and remain snug but not too tight for long periods without much lacing effort. This means your feet stay where they are. The II's are probably even better in this respect. - They are well vented. - They don't do super well with long gradual downhills where you can open up your stride, but they weren't really designed for that. My only gripe with the II's is durability, but I hope that this is a first-iteration issue and gets fixed in future production runs. I found the sole breaking down in unexpected ways that suggests new production procedures (bonding of rubber layers) still needs to be dialed in, and the new laces were not overwhelming in durability. But to be clear: they are awesome and I still haven't found anything that performs like these. I'm getting another pair for sure and am only giving them 4 stars because I know they could be even better.
September 2, 2019
So close ...
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.
August 15, 2019
Think about ordering a size up
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.
July 16, 2019
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!
August 14, 2019
The ultra-raptors have a little wider last, and are essentially the mid-way between a trail runner and an approach shoe
May 3, 2019
Good shoe but not my favorite for running
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.
April 10, 2019
I'm a runner now!
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!"