As a mountaineer, I like to keep my body in good shape and good condition. Thus, training is an important part of the whole mountaineering experience. Part of my training process is trail running. I try to complete 10k on daily basis including uphills, downhills uneven terrain etc. So far I have been using the Salomon Speedcross 3 which I have been very happy with, though do to the fact I run more often on hard rocky surfaces I needed a bit stronger outsole. Having done the appropriate research I have decided to go for the La Sportiva Bushido trail running shoes.
The La Sportiva BUSHIDO shoe (which means way of the warrior) is not a new shoe, not at all. But it is a popular shoe and one that I have been recommended time and time again. So, finally I took the plunge and grabbed a pair. Also, my past experience with other La Sportiva products, was an extra reason for me to trust the brand and go for the specific show.
Like all shoes, different colour ways are available and the BUSHIDO comes in a pretty cool looking black and yellow. Though, I have decided to purchase the Flame/Black colour combination.
With performance driven design, the Bushido is perfect for technical terrain and provides added stability over stones, roots and branches on the trail. The “STB Control” construction utilizes a TPU frame that wraps under foot to provide maximum stability, responsiveness, and reduce overall weight.
• Internal slip-on construction fits the foot like a sock without causing excessive pressure
• Outsole lugs have rounded edges and wrap over the midsole to provide added traction and enhance stability on off-camber terrain
The build quality is somewhat bullet proof: good toe protection in a TPU toe cap, a dual density compressed rock guard in the midsole, a TPU shank and IPS (impact brake system). The industrial design of this shoe is one of the best I have come across. Highly engineered and every part of the shoe is well thought.
SIZES: 38 – 47.5 (half sizes)
WEIGHT: 10.50 oz (298g)
LAST: Racing Lite Ergo
UPPER: AirMesh / Thermal adhesive microfiber / High frequency welded ripstop / TPU toe cap
LINING: Mesh / Highly breathable lateral mesh inserts / Stretch AirMesh (in tongue)
MIDSOLE: Compression molded MEMlex / 1.5mm dual-density compressed EVA rock guard (in forefoot) / TPU shank
SOLE: Dual-Density FriXion® XT V-Groove™ with Impact Brake System™
CUSHIONING: Midsole- 32A
In the coming months it will follow up a full product review. I plan to use this pair of shoes not only for trail running but also for hiking and scrambling activities. Feel free to “follow” us for future updates.