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Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight, a good shoe for many purposes and types of running
Cons: Takes a few runs to break these shoes in.
Best Uses: Trail running, road running, running races, hiking, transitioning to barefoot running
*This product has been discontinued.*
The Saucony Peregrine 2 has been replaced by the Peregrine 4. Please read our first look review of the Peregrine 4 to see what design changes have been made.
The Peregrines are a great transition-to-barefoot shoe. They are lightweight and responsive, making them a great racing or just general trail shoe. They have an aggressive enough tread and protection to tackle the roughest trails, but they perform well on pavement too. The low drop and high sensitivity put the Peregrine in the transition-to-barefoot category. Compared to the other transitional shoes we tested such as the Keen A86 TR – Women's and the Salomon Speedcross 3 – Women's, these shoes have the most varied capabilities. While they did not score the highest in any one category, they did perform well overall and therefore received the Best Buy Award for being an excellent deal as well as an excellent performer.
See all of the women's trail running shoes reviewed here.
For more details and specifics on the styles of shoes tested read our Trail Runner Buying Advice article.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Weighing in at 8.2 oz per shoe, the Saucony Peregrine's are pretty lightweight shoes, particularly given the the protection they provide and their durability.
The Peregrines have a mud guard made of thicker and sturdier material around the toes and forefoot of the uppers. This doesn't go up very high, but it helps to protect your toes. The midsole is 19.5 mm thick on average, providing a good amount of protection from anything sharp you might hit on the trail.
These shoes have aggressive multi-directional lugs and have good, sticky rubber that is also long-lasting.
This shoe has a smaller volume overall. While there were no major spots or sources of discomfort, it took a little breaking in before these shoes became really comfortable on your feet. After a few runs, the snug fit adds to the sensitivity that you can feel on the trail. This shoe has a 4 mm drop from the heel to the toe.
The thick mesh material of the uppers give this shoe an average amount of breathability.
This is a pretty darn tough shoe. The overlays that help to provide structure on the upper cracked near the toe pivot point, but it didn't affect performance at all.
These shoes are best used as racing flats, for transitioning to barefoot running, and general trail running.
While it didn't receive the highest score for any of the metrics, this shoe performed well in many categories. When you consider that fact, along with the fact that is one of the the least expensive shoes we tested, it makes the Peregrine an ideal candidate for the Best Buy Award, and the perfect shoe for a trail runner on a budget.
We found some poor reviews on other websites about the durability of the Peregrine 2's. But we were able to run in the Peregrine 2's for many months longer than the rest of the shoes tested and they have only showed normal wear-and-tear that doesn't affect the overall performance of the shoe.
— Sarah Hegg
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