Ultrarunner based in Lake District, UK. Polish born. I love to run, especially in the mountains. Shoe addict, just love my trainers 🤔
La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running Shoe - Men's
Being injured has got some positive sides. Suddenly you are able to find at least 10h per week of free time. Time you can spend on doing things, which you like, but normally they are neglected. For me, one of it is writing and today I will try to sum up my impressions of using a new model of La Sportiva running range, Bushido 2. I’ve been using La Sportiva products for many years now and in 2019 I was lucky enough to join Team La Sportiva UK. Because of my location- Lake District- I can test La Sportiva products in every possible weather and terrain, which gives me enormous amount of knowledge about the kit and it properties. Before I will start with the review, let me briefly talk about company and its history. La Sportiva was opened in 1928 by Narcisso Delladio and since beginning was connected with mountain sports only. Company is based in tiny village of Ziano di Fiemme in heart of Italian Dolomites, which speaks for itself. Years of experience in mountain equipment production can guarantee the best quality of La Sportiva products. As you can imagine, there is no better place to test your products than Dolomites, where diversity and technicality of available trails, allow you to test the kit in every environment possible. No matter if we are talking about the shoe or jacket, you can always count on robust LS products which will protect you from the elements. It is also worth to mention, that La Sportiva is super environmental friendly and it’s trying really hard, to make all LS products as low impact as possible for planet Earth. Tech specs (from LS website): Upper: breathable, air mesh with thermoplastic film reinforcements, TPU medial skeleton placed laterally on rip-stop inserts. Lining: slip resistant, breathable Midsole: Compressed EVA and Stability Control System Sole: Frixion Red Footbed: 4mm Ortholite Ergonomic Drop: 6mm Weight: 305g (half pair, size 42) Sizes: 38-47,5 (including half sizes) Test ride: Up till now I’ve managed to use my Bushido 2 for over 100km of various trail runs, and probably extra 40km of walking. Sole doesn’t show any signs of use as for now, graphic designs is still visible on the rubber. It is a very good sign, especially considering amazing ‘stickiness’ of this shoe. The Frixion Red rubber compound used in the sole is definitely an asset, which allows B2 to be a typical multitasker, where durability is not compromised by the grip. Shoe itself is very comfortable, upper cage doesn’t allow your foot to travel front and back or sideways when properly laced, however it’s not a feeling known from Mutant model, where the trainer is becoming your sock. Nerveless the hold is still very comfortable and secure, use of extra padding on trainers tongue successfully protect us from chaffing and uncomfortable pressure from laces. Compressed EVA and Stability Control System give us about right amount of padding for marathon distance runs. For longer runs you can definitely find more cushioned La Sportiva models. So far I’ve tested B2 in most conditions thrown at you in Lake District, from dry trails to muddy tracks, wet rock, tarmac or even sandy beaches. The shoe works best in dry conditions, B2 also loves rocky terrain- but don’t get me wrong- they will chew through light mud without problems griping nicely and safely. Smartly designed sole helps us stick securely to the rock or uneven ground, allowing us to concentrate on fun- not slipping and sliding all over the place. Bushido 2 doesn’t require to ‘break’ them at home, you can safely use them straight from the box. My first run was 20km long and I didn’t experience any chaffing or blisters. Shoe is performing well in wet rainy conditions, upper net drains water very well and trainer doesn’t gain a lot of extra weight. Enormous front toe protection bumper probably adds few extra grams, but it helps you to feel very safe when smashing those fast downhill sections. For me B2 is definitely less aggressive than Mutant or new Kaptiva, but thanks to 6mm drop, the shoe is still giving us impression of fast racing shoe. Probably the biggest advantage of Bushido 2 is smartly designed sole which performs amazingly well on loose, technical trails. Last but not least, tarmac sections aren’t as bad, fairly elastic and cushioned sole helps us to run on road without mayor issues. Is it worth it? Bushido 2 is a perfect shoe for training, VK, middle or marathon distance racing. Trainer is performing best on dry trails or in rocky environment, where its sticky sole gives us massive advantage. Like with all La Sportiva products, durability of the shoe is outstanding, therefore price – quality ratio is just about right.