These are the best all around shoes that I have ever owned! I am a rock-climber, caver, backpacker, and trail runner as well as a product development engineer for Sterling Rope Co Inc. I wear these shoes for running, approaches, and walking around town...pretty much everything except on really steep terrain and in caves. I've used them to backpack the Sierra High Route, caving expeditions, and getting to crags. The only issue I have noticed is stitching blowing out, but this is minor and pretty hard to design against. I have tried a number of other trail runners including Montrail's Mountain Masochist and Treksta's SYNC. The Masochists held up okay, but the side webbing pressed on the 5th Metatarsal in a painful way (though I have broken both feet and had multiple surgeries, so this probably won't be an issue for others) and didn't have very good tactile response on loose terrain. The SYNCs were very comfortable, fit well, and very stable on loose terrain, but not very durable...I was having to duct tape some of the mesh after two weeks of backpacking. Of course, part of the problem could be the terrain I am trying to wear trail runners on. The Bushido's performed well in all conditions and met all criteria that I mentioned having issues with above! Additionally, the toe box is a great shape/size. Please don't change the design of these!!!
(Posted on 4/1/2017)
Broke these in while running a half marathon (with no issues whatsoever), so I think I can honestly say that these were comfortable right out of the box. The bottoms of these shoes are super grippy and I felt confident stomping through mud and pounding slick pavement. Usually it's a little difficult finding hiking/running shoes wide enough for my feet, but the wide toe box kept my piggies happy. Looking forward to going on some gnarly hikes with them!
(Posted on 3/29/2017)
I wear this shoe everyday. I have 3 pair. It hugs my foot, and feels supportive. I love them!
(Posted on 11/23/2016)
Love this shoe! Comfy and versatile!
(Posted on 9/13/2016)
Took these out on a 10 mile hike up in the White Mountains in NH. I couldn't be happier. These shoes were light weight, comfortable (no blisters) and very sticky. It had a solid grip on the slippery wet rocks during our descent and I didn't think twice about my footing. Great toe box, especially for a light trail runner. I needed a trail runner that was durable enough for rough terrain and long distances and the Bushido's were able to withstand that!
(Posted on 11/12/2015)
Love these shoes! Never wore a trail runner before. On the road I wear a lightweight, flexible shoes. I found the Bushido to be flexible where they need to be (at the metatarsal plange joints) and very stable and supportive in the rest of the shoe. They are light, very comfortable and fit perfectly. I was most impressed by the traction going up and down hills. No fear of falling or slipping and I can just fly up the trail hills now. I wore them today in the packed snow/ice on a trail and it made winter running something to look forward to. Used them last week on the trail (no snow then) and they were still great. So happy with them. I want to wear them all the time.
(Posted on 3/5/2015)
Testing these out and have done multiple backpacking trips now with no issues! I need a wider toe box and these have been great. Amazing grip and support. I will be taking these in a few weeks to backpack 221 miles on the JMT! I have never fallen in love with any trail/hiker yet, but I guess I can't say that anymore.
(Posted on 10/22/2014)
The Bushido's are awesome!!!! Drove south to find some rocks this week and they are bullet proof but still give my feet the tactile sensitivity they need! It is going to be a killer shoe for the White Mountains!
(Posted on 4/9/2014)
I am an avid hiker and it didn't take me long before I figured out that the quality of my gear can be a life saving investment. It took me a year to choose my GoreTex shoes for hiking and I took the same approach for my upcoming Rim to Rim hike in May, which requires the same high quality, but lighter version for 100F conditions. After spending my time reading reviews from both men and women and watching videos, I have settled for Bushido for women/Fjord. I didn't have a chance to use them yet, since they arrived today, but I can already tell that it was a great decision! Bushido shoes are super light, flexible and very comfortable. They almost feel like slippers from the moment you put them on. I like the fact that the tongue is attached to both sides of the shoes along the laces, which prevents small rocks frin getting inside the shoe. Even though the fabric in the front and on the sides looks thin, almost net like, it has a inside layer of "something" :) transparent that prevents sand from getting in, which an average athletic shoe doesn't have. The sole of the shoe has a high quality rubber like surface that provides for an amazing grip and little spikes will definitely prevent me from slipping on the sandy trail going down the steep North Wall of Grand Canyon. I have no concerns, although some people may not like the tightness in the middle section of the foot. I love it because I think it will prevent my foot from slipping inside the shoe back and forth and will keep it intact. One important factor worth looking into is the size. I have size 8.5 in US, 38.5 in EU and I chose suggested 40 for women on La Sportiva's Scale and I still have some space left. Be mindful when selecting your size.
(Posted on 3/8/2013)