Based in the Italian Dolomites, La Sportiva is a technical footwear expert. Precise, protective and grippy, the Bushido was born for rocky, twisty trails. It’s a stiff ride, but this means it’s fast and efficient on steep ascents, and a joy when accurate foot placement is crucial. The foot-hugging fit, created using a polyurethane frame that wraps around the foot, combined with an internal sleeve, is one of the best we’ve tried. The outsole is lugged around the edges, so it corners brilliantly, even on wet grass and mud. It’s also good on road and hard-packed trails, with a smooth ride and just enough cushioning. 6mm drop.
VERDICT: Precise, protective and grippy, with great long-distance comfort too.