BonnieLasswrote a review of La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe - Women's on August 8, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
PHOTO: Wildcat 3 on the left, Bushido on the right.
I've always hiked in boots, but my cousin did the PCT in trail runners... so I wanted to give these a try. I also tried the LaSportiva Wildcat 3 for women (see that review / photo also)
SIZE: I wear a 9/41.3 in my Salomon hiking boots (my dress shoes are 39.5). I liked the W in 41.0, but the 41.5 for the B due to the narrower toe box. Find the EU size of shoes you like and you'll be fine. The Bushidos (B) have a narrow instep and heel with a wide-enough toe box. Wildcats (W) are much roomier than B in toe box, height from sole to laces, midfoot and heel.
SUPPORT: There are reinforcements over the mesh to protect from sticks/thorns. I took them for a 5mile hike with 25# pack. The heel cup is deep and feels good. If I get blisters hiking it's always on the instep where it joins the heel area... so I really loved the slim fit thru the waist of the shoe. I had no heel slip with these due to the narrow heel cup and ankle padding. I'd replace the insole for extra arch support .
GRIP: No slipping on an eastern woodland trail (uneven, lots of roots, some gravel, dry & wet granite, ... no mud or wet roots that day). I love feeling like the entire sole is in contact with the ground.
OTHER: The W is a 12mm (standard) drop, while the B is only 6mm. If you're carrying a heavier load or worried about stone bruises try the W. If you like to really feel the trail, or you're easing into barefoot shoes try the B.