La Sportiva has updated the much loved Bushido with a new upper and an additional 4mm of cushion in the midsole. The La Sportiva II still has the precise fit, stable ride, and grippy traction of its predecessor, but is now better suited for longer days on the trail. I’ve been wearing the Bushido II since its release a few months ago, and will share my thoughts in this review.
Size, Weight, and Fit
I’m wearing the Bushido II in a size 46.5 that comes in at 12.68oz (360g) per shoe. This size 46.5 is a half size down from the 47 I wore in the original Bushido. For reference on other La Sportiva shoes, I wear a 47 on the Akasha and Mutant, and a 46.5 in the Lycan and Kaptiva.
Bushido, but the Bushido II takes my love to a new level. These shoes breathe well, drain and dry quickly, and offer a lot of lightweight protection for tough trails. Best of all, the toe box has been widened and the overall fit just seems improved.
The Kaptiva is a brand new trail shoe from La Sportiva. I’ve been wearing the Kaptiva for a few months and will have a review ready shortly. The Kaptiva has the same stable ride as the Bushido II, but is a much better trail runner.
If you like the stable ride of the Bushido II, but would like a little more cushion underfoot, the Akasha is a great option. This has been one of my favorite shoes over the past few years and is still worth a look in my opinion.
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Author: Drew Robinson