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.