Trail runners helped pioneer the minimalist movement, so it was only “natural” to introduce the ProGrid Peregrine. Built on the same foot-form as the Kinvara and featuring a 4mm heel drop, the Peregrine is a must-have for any trail running enthusiast. Multi-direction lugs provide a sticky grip, so you can focus and feel your way through any terrain.
- Upper – breathable mesh with synthetic leather overlays for support
- Gusseted tongue keeps out debris
- Heel lined with memory foam
- Upper Lining – Hydrator Collar for moisture wicking
- Insole – Ortholite is breathable and anti-microbial
- HRC Strobel Board for cushioning
- Midsole – SSL (Saucony Super Lite) EVA blend optimizes energy return and reduces weight
- Heel ProGrid LITE is 20% more responsive than standard EVA
- Outsole – XT-900 carbon rubber for traction and durability, High Traction Rubber for sticky grip
- External Bedrock outsole (EBO) plate protects foot from rocks and other debris
- Multi-directional lug design promotes rugged traction over uneven terrain
- Gaiter compatible
- Measured size 9
- Weight – 284 g (10 oz)
- Forefoot Width – 98 mm (3.9 in)
- Stack Height – Heel (21.2 mm), Toe (17.6 mm), Drop (3.6 mm) without insole
- Insole – 3.0 mm
- Retail – $90
The Saucony Peregrine has a moderate amount of features and is made as a neutral trail shoe. It is designed for daily training and high mileage. It has a semi-shape curve.
The Saucony Peregrine’s are a lightweight low-drop trail running shoe. In a size 9 I measured them to be 284 grams (10 oz). The upper is made out of a breathable closed cell mesh with synthetic supporting overlays. These overlays are layered on like a supportive mesh over the top. The tongue is gusseted to keep out dust and debris and there is a gaiter loop at the base of the laces to add further protection. The lacing system is standard but Saucony has added a couple EVA pads to the top of the tongue for comfort and protection from lace bite. Inside the shoe the insole is removable, anti-microbial, and not very substantial but does provide some cushioning. The heel is lined with memory foam for improved comfort and further locking your heel into place. The upper liner of the shoe uses their Hydrator Collar Lining that provides next to skin comfort and is moisture wicking.
The midsole is made up of several parts. There is full length HRC (High Rebound Cushioning) Strobel Board for cushioning right under the insole. Saucony also uses there SSL (Saucony Super Lite) EVA blend in the midsole. This is their premium midsole material that optimizes energy return and reduces the weight as compared to standard trail running shoes. In the heel there is Progrid Lite EVA pad that is 20% more responsive than standard EVA and designed to absorb heel strike energy.
The outsole has an EBO (External Bedrock Outsole) plate sandwiched between the midsole and outsole to protect the foot from rocks and roots. The sole is made out of XT-900 carbon rubber on the outside perimeter for traction and durability. It also has some high traction rubber in the middle for sticky grip in optimum places along the sole. The lugs on the bottom are multi directional and promote traction over rugged uneven terrain.
The Saucony Peregrine’s fit well right out of the box. The length of the shoe runs true to size and the toe box fits a medium width well. I definitely have enough room to wiggle my toes around. I found that it runs slightly wider than average in the forefoot and average in the heel. The shoes wrap the midfoot well and the foam in the heel does a good job securing the heel. The step in comfort is good and you can feel the cushioning right away. The shoes do not have any stability features built in and work best for neutral runners.
The Saucony Peregrine Shoes have been a pleasure to run in. I have run on roads, gravel trails, and technical trails and they have been up to the task. I have not been able to test in muddy conditions this summer but will update the review once I have. The first thing you will notice when you put them on is they are very cushioned. They remind me a lot of the Montrail Rogue Racers I reviewed before in the amount of cushioning they have. When I first got the shoes I noticed that they were very stiff. While they still are a bit stiff, they have loosened up a bit. When running in them I have not noticed stiffness, they feel like most other trail shoes I have tested. The shoes do not have much lateral flex even after running in them.
I like running in these due to the 4 mm drop. For me I have found that the lower drop works better with my midfoot style. The weight of these shoes has helped me feel fast on my feet. One of the best things I have noticed as compared to other trail runners is the mesh upper if very dense and does not let anything in. In conjunction with the gusseted tongue no debris gets in which I appreciate. The traction has been good so far in the drier summer weather, even running some really technical trails the grip on the rock was never lacking. They even run well on the roads if you need to get to the trail. Running too much on the road will definitely wear out the traction sooner than if just running trails.
The only issue I have noticed is that the synthetic reinforcement web over the mesh upper has already started to break up where my foot flexes. On the left shoe more than the right but both are having this issue. I have tried to get a good picture of the issue and will check back later on any further developments. I have run just over 50 miles in them so far. If anyone has any experience with these shoes and wants to comment below, please do so.
While the fit is good and the shoes are fun to run in. I am worried a bit about their durability. Especially with the synthetic reinforcement already coming apart. I do understand that with lighter shoes you normally have to give up some durability and this may be the case. With the lighter weight cushioning it will be interesting to see if the EVA breaks down sooner as well. I still would recommend these shoes for a neutral trail runner looking for a lower drop cushioned option. While it is not a zero drop shoe, it is a good option for someone transitioning to zero drop footwear. The Peregrines definitely have a lot of things still going for them and should be a very successful shoe. At $90 you get a good shoe at a descent price. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Good cushioning
- Keeps debris & dust out well
- Fit will accommodate many foot types
- Synthetic reinforcement breaking down already