A highly-protected shoe that excels on technical terrain, but a rough ride

Reviewed by Travis from Wasatch Range, UT on Sunday, December 27, 2015
These shoes are tanks made to take on the most aggressive of trails. The deep lugs and smart lug pattern provide excellent traction, both up and down, on steep terrain and even packed snow (I was blown away how stable they were in the white stuff). Meanwhile, the full rock plate and toe guard protect against the most menacing obstacles. Finally, a low stack height having a minimalist feel keeps you close to the ground, making this shoe incredibly responsive on technical terrain. The Bushido is not the lightest trail shoe, but it's one of most well-protected, technical performers.

Unfortunately, what you gain in responsiveness and stability you lose in cushion and comfort. Don't underestimate the shoe's "firm cushioning." The jarring impact on steep downhills immediately took its toll on my joints and tendons, with pain lasting several days. Granted, I weigh 205 lbs and was descending steep trails; if you're a lighter runner, used to minimalist cushion, and/or plan to run gentle hills as opposed to steep trails, this shoe could be a great fit, especially if you're looking for a rugged and technically responsive shoe. If you don't need so much protection, this shoe may be overkill, though it's definitely built to last. Most importantly, if you're a heavier runner, recovering from an injury, or know you need at least average cushioning, then this shoe is not for you. Save yourself and find something more cushioned and comfortable.
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