As I wanted to take part in an ultra-marathon I needed appropriate shoes. I chose La Sportiva Bushido model due to its characteristic and long tradition of mountaineering footwear manufacturing by La Sportiva.
The upper part is made of a mesh giving good breathability but no protection from the elements. It is not a warm shoe for winter running. At the front there is a rubber toe cap for protection against accidental kicking of stones or roots. The sole itself is not very thick – 14 mm and with little cushioning, which makes it unusable for urban running on tarmac or concrete. First look at the sole gives away its purpose – outdoors. Groves provide good traction on a variety of surfaces and breaking power for downhill. The front is also equipped with a protective plate. It is heavier and stiffer compared to traditional running shoes, although not too heavy at 298 grams. Sizing is a bit small – at least for me – get 0,5 or 1 size bigger as it is a narrow construction.
After around 260 km the shoes show no major wear and tear. I tested these in alpine running in the Dolomites and Lemkowyna ultra-marathon. I was not the only one running in these during that competition.
Overall I am happy with this model and recommend it for mountain running.