The Mountain Running winner.
Bushido is the samurai code of fearless athletic ability. It’s a fitting moniker. Sportiva’s midsole construction includes a TPU frame that wraps the midfoot for superior fit and stability. On the trail that translates to a fast, agile stride. Toothy lugs chew through sharp corners and adverse conditions. A fleet 6mm drop, breathable mesh, and compression-molded EVA keep it moving fast. And FriXion XT sticky rubber—also used in climbing shoes—plus a padded tongue and sturdy toe rand add protection for long alpine runs. Tester’s take: “The Batmobile of shoes. The slick, fully loaded, badass Dark Knight version.” Swami gripe: Not the greatest on flat, smooth terrain. Swami like: Our choice for technical running—like the Grand Teton, New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, or a Colorado 14er. 9.8 oz; $125