Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several consumers agreed that the La Sportiva Bushido II is comfortable.
  • Many users loved the good amount of traction it provides on the trails.
  • It is responsive, according to some buyers.
  • Based on a review, the La Sportiva Bushido II is best for rocky trails.
  • According to those who have tried it, the shoe is flexible.
  • A few mentioned that the shoe is durable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the wearers commented that the shoe has a narrow toe box.

Bottom line

With the release of the La Sportiva Bushido II, many users were made happy and satisfied because of its magnificent structure and construction. They also appreciate how comfortable the shoe is. Despite having issues on the narrow toe box, others still commended the shoe as an excellent choice when seeking a fantastic partner in tackling the trails. All in all, the La Sportiva Bushido II has earned the respect of many buyers because of its versatility and functionality.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
A popular pick
Better rated than the previous version La Sportiva Bushido

Expert Reviews

92 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Trail & Kale | | Level 4 expert

    Overall performance of this shoe, it's extremely good. So La Sportiva is relatively new brand to me and my experiences so far is excellent.

  • 90 / 100 | Trail And Ultra Running | | Level 2 expert

    Anytime I know I need extra protection underfoot or I need durable traction... this is definitely my shoe.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Bushido 2 is a real improvement over the first version, retaining everything that I liked about its predecessor... [it's] a much more forgiving, runnable shoe with a good bit more cushioned feel, yet while not compromising performance.

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    If the weather conditions are up in the air, the terrain rough, steep and varied, [the Bushido II] is ready and able to tackle just about anything.

  • 93 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 5 expert

    If you’re a similar warrior returning to battle on the off-camber, you’ll want this fearless shoe on foot.

  • 95 / 100 | Feed the Habit | | Level 4 expert

    With excellent traction and a good trail feel, these trail runners will not let you [down] — no matter how far you venture.

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  • The La Sportiva Bushido II is a trail running shoe that aims to provide the perfect blend of comfort, responsiveness, and stability. It is intended for those who need additional support while running on the trail.
  • The shoe utilizes the dual-density FriXion XT 2.0 V-Groove2 along with the Impact Brake System. This rubber material is meant to deliver the right amount of traction that is needed when tackling challenging terrains. The outsole lugs are focused on providing improved stability and added grip.
  • Featured in the upper area is the updated tongue unit. This material is padded and highly-breathable to provide added comfort to the foot. It also prevents trail debris from entering the shoe.

Like most of the La Sportiva shoes, the Bushido II offers a snug fit in the forefoot, midfoot and the heel area. As a result, a more comfortable riding experience is enjoyed by the user. Sizes come in 5 - 11 for the women's version and 7-15 options for the men’s. When it comes to width, medium fit is the available option for the Bushido. The shoe is sure to accommodate narrow and medium-footed runners.

The FriXion XT Groove 2 is integrated into the La Sportiva Bushido II. This full-length, dual-compound rubber material offers the right amount of traction, especially on wet and slippery conditions. The sticky grip is essential in tackling a wide variety of trails.

Along with the FriXion XT Groove 2 is the Impact Brake System. This component of the shoe is designed to decrease impact forces. This system is also meant to provide increased uphill and downhill traction.

Utilized in the footwear is the Compression Molded MEMIex. This 4-mm full-length midsole is engineered to deliver moderate cushioning for a more efficient and comfortable ride.

Long-lasting support is offered by the LaSpEVA. This material is described to be a soft-cushioned layer of EVA foam that provides additional shock absorption throughout the running session.

Featured in the La Sportiva Bushido II is the 1.5-mm Dual Density Rock Guard. Located in the forefoot area, this layer of compressed EVA is focused on protecting the foot against different trail hazards, abrasions, and rocks.

The TPU STB Inserts is integrated into the midsole of this running shoe. This component of the La Sportiva Bushido II delivers added stability, especially for those who are overpronators.

Compared to the Hoka One One Arahi 2 which uses the breathable mesh, the Bushido II utilizes the Air Mesh. This material is essential in covering the platform to promote a more breathable coverage. The primary goal of which is to keep the foot fresh, cool and dry during the running activity.

Added durability is offered by the High Frequency Welded Ripstop overlays. This feature of the shoe is meant to provide a more secure and seamless lockdown fit. As a result, possible slippage during the activity is prevented and lessened.

Consisting of a TPU frame is the STB Control. The structure extends around the midsole and upper area to increase stability. The purpose of which is to provide a secure fit as well.

A Stretch Mesh Air Tongue is integrated into the footwear. The tongue unit is made up of a stretchable material provide a more comfortable, secure fit. It also prevents debris and small stones from entering the shoe.

The TPU Toe Cap is also used to keep the toes protected against the hazardous nature of the trails.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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