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)