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Dennis R.wrote a review of on February 4, 2019

Cold weather active favorite
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for several years, and have used for road cycling and occasional off-road cycling. The Amphib material is soft, somewhat stretchy, though not as much so as the stretch fleece used to make the back of the tight. The Amphib stuff is also water-resistant, and dramatically wind-blocking, and the combination is near-perfect for a road tight: the warm fleece in back also lets moisture escape, while the Amphib front tames the wind chill of riding in the cold. The back doesn't fend off spray, but most times will stay warm despite getting damp. Snow and rain (well, at least light rain; I tend to pull of it's coming down in buckets) just bounce off the Amphib. Nice.

Fit. I'm 6'1, 200 lb more or less, 32" inseam, 36" waist. A size Large fits me well - snug, but with room for a padded short beneath. Just what I want for cool-weather riding. They've held up well for about 10 years and several crashes. A hint: use the waist drawcord; the Amphib fabric has a tendency to pull down the waist of the tights. Otherwise these my favorite cold-weather bottoms (anything below 50 degrees). If I still ran trails or XC skied I'd use the Amphibs even more. One of those garments that just works..

The pic shows me wearing the Amphib tights for riding the mountain bike, November in New Mexico.




Dennis R.

Dennis R.wrote a review of on February 27, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have narrow and low-volume feet, so finding trail runners for hiking and light backpacking is always a challenge. After a flirtation with Scarpa last year, I returned to La Sportiva by purchasing both the Bushido and the Ultra Raptor. This review compares both shoes, with an emphasis on the Bushido.

Fit. The Raptors are lowish volume and just a little wide for my feet. Workable but not perfect. Bushidos are NARROW and LOW VOLUME, requiring no insoles other than my orthotics and a tongue pad in the left shoe. Those with even D width feet may have trouble with Bushidos.

Construction. Bushidos feel light on my feet compared to Raptors, Part of that is the great fit, part is that they ARE light compared to the Raptors - more mesh, lighter reinforcements and less of them, less rugged mid-and out-soles. The Bushidos have stretched noticeably more than my Raptors have. Despite that the Bushidos feel very secure on my feet, especially on uneven terrain.

Outsole. Both shoes have a very aggressive and tough outsole, the Bushido a bit less aggressive and sturdy. Nonetheless, Bushidos have proven to have great traction on pavement, gravel, snow, and (sort of) ice. The sole is close and compact under the heel, a bit wider at the ball of the foot. Stable underfoot, while minimizing hanging up on things.

Sizing. I know from long experience that a 46 La Sportiva most anything is a good fit for me, from Trangos to Nepal Extremes to Ultra Raptors to Bushidos. If the width is good a 46 length is right. I do have narrow and low-volume feet, so to me Bushidos fit normally. If you're a larger width, or have higher-volume feet, you probably won't like Bushidos.

Overall, the Bushidos feel light and precise, but less sturdy than my Ultra Raptors. I would have no problem using the Raptors for backpacking, where I've balked at considering the Bushidos for this purpose. Bushidos are so light and precise that I might end up using them anyway. For day hikes, fitness walking, etc. I love the yellow marvels. If I still ran trails these would be the shoes I'd use.

A note on color. It's a very La Sportiva thing to offer these only in turquoise and the black/yellow mix.. Is it too much to ask for some more muted colors? And I see that a black/apple green color is available. Not exactly what I wanted, but I'd take that over the hornet colors of my pair.

2/4/2019 update
I now have 3 pairs of these in various stages of deterioration. The fit is still really good for my narrow, low-volume feet, the outsoles have really good grip on...well, everything - rock, dirt, gravel, snow.. They're light, they're cushiony (I do run orthotics in them), and nimble. Great trail runners.