La Sportiva Bushido II

Great shoe for moving through tricky terrain with extra stability and comfort

Bushido II

Weight: 10.5 ounces (Men’s 9)
Trail Use: Good (if you have narrow feet)
Off Trail Use: Excellent to Very Good
Stack Height Heel/Toe: 28mm / 22mm
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
Width: Narrow
Fit: True to size
Waterproof: No
What We Like: Great shoe for moving through tricky terrain with extra stability and comfort

MSRP: $130

Weight: 10.5 ounces (Men’s 9)
Traction: 5
Support: 4.5
Long-Distance Comfort: 3

La Sportiva is known for its unbeatable traction. The Bushido IIs are excellent shoes for mountain runners or hikers who travel through steep, off-trail terrain, and wet/slippery ground. The higher stack height provides extra cushion and support for traveling through uncharted territory. For runners and hikers with narrow feet, these are perfect. The moderate drop accommodates a variety of preferences.

These shoes are not designed to be ultralight, and are best for exploration where speed is not the ultimate goal. The Bushidos are extremely well-suited for what we might consider “unpleasant” scenarios, such as running down a steep scree slope or navigating a large boulder field. Though it’s not as light as the Norvan SLs, this shoe is still comparable to many other trail shoes that aren’t as well-suited for extreme terrain.

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PROS:

  • More stability and built-in comfort than the Norvan SLs
  • La Sportiva is known for its unrivaled traction
  • Off trail travel made easy and more stable
  • Moderate drop will comfortably fit those who prefer either a high or low drop

CONS:

  • Heavier than the Norvan SLs
  • Narrow fit only works with certain feet, recommended to try them on before buying
  • Not suited for long (20-30 mile) days on trail, comfort wanes over a long day

BEST FOR:

  • Navigating technically challenging terrain with extra stability
  • Mountain running or hikes with steep grades
  • Athletes with narrow feet who prefer the feeling of extra stability over an ultralight shoe



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