As an ultralight, long distance hiker, I have long used trail running shoes as my main mode of transportation on the trail. On the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2012, and on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2105, I used the Brooks Cascadia. Currently I own a pair of the Cascadia 10′s, and love them.

Recently I decided to expand my horizons and try something new. The gamble paid off, when I discovered the La Sportiva Bushido.

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Last Monday I went for a long hike with my new kicks. The verdict thus far: I love them!

The first thing I noticed was the weight of the Bushido. They weigh in at just 10.5 ounces. As an ultra-lighter weight is always a priority. However, I am not willing to compromise weight for function. My shoes need to hold up to hundreds of miles of abuse, and have proper stability, grip, and durability, all with a sufficiently roomy toe box. The Bushido met, and even surpassed, my expectations in all these areas. Well, the durability factors still needs some more time to test, but La Sportiva has a great track record.

My test hike was on loose, rocky ground in the Badger Creek Wilderness. The Bushido proved to be laterally stable on the less than stable trail. Protection underfoot is another key characteristic for me and the rock guard was more than adequate. I’ll be honest, this surprised me, as lighter shoes typically skimp on rock protection in order to save on weight. The Bushido has the best of both worlds: light and solid.

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The Bushido is also available in Women’s.

Stay tuned, as I will be doing further testing of the La Sportiva Bushido in the coming months. In the meantime, check out this review from sponsored trail runner, Buddy Jones.

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