We are taking a look at the men’s and women’s Bushido trail running shoe by La Sportiva. This is a fully featured light weight trail shoe that I can see being great for someone who is hiking or just fast backpacking with more of a minimal mindset. It is not a minimalist shoe by any means, but La Sportiva has, you know, put some features on this trail shoe that makes it really stable for how light weight it is.
The most interesting feature about this shoe is a TPU frame that kind of starts here on the upper part of the shoe and connects to the midsole seamlessly and actually wraps around the bottom of the shoe and around the other side. So that gives a lot of stability in the shoe and just makes a really dialed in fit as well.
The rest of the upper part of the shoe is basically a really light weight mesh. And so, you own, it is one of the first things that struck me about this shoe is that the mesh is really flexible. It is really comfortable. And they have even put some overlays on the shoe in key areas where you do need a little bit more durability, you know, here on the heel, you know, here on the toe. There is a really nice toe cap, you know, on the front of the shoe to protect against rocks and that sort of thing, but right above your toe area, you know, if you are moving fast, if you are running, it is going to breathe really well. Should the shoe become wet, it is going to dry out really fast.
Taking a look at the tongue, you have a nicely padded tongue here, so if you do need to cinch down those laces, it is comfortable against your foot and just really soft material inside the shoe.
I mentioned the laces. You have sort of an asymmetrical design on the laces so, you know, fit your foot anatomically and you can really dial in the fit.
The outsole of the shoes has really aggressive lugs. And they actually come up the round and they come up into even the midsole of the shoe. So, against mud, against loose gravel, you are really going to have a lot of traction. Starting at the bottom you can really see that La Sportiva’s impacta brake system is, you know, something that is really going to give you a lot of traction on ascending and descending, you know, when you need that extra traction. But, all in all, this shoe has an excellent balance of weight and stability. It is going to give you a lot of confidence on the trail on your next trail running adventure. It is the men’s and women’s Bushido trail running shoe by La Sportiva.
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