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Saucony Peregrine 10 - Women's Review

A versatile trail runner that'll take on every surface throughout the year
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $120 List | $108.41 at Amazon
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Pros:  Versatile use, aggressive outsole, fits most, comfortable, protective, all terrain use, good price.
Cons:  No water drainage system.
Manufacturer:   Saucony
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 18, 2020
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80
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#4 of 19
  • Foot protection - 20% 8
  • Sensitivity - 20% 8
  • Traction - 15% 9
  • Stability - 15% 7
  • Comfort and Fit - 15% 9
  • Weight - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Saucony Peregrine 10 is the epitome of great value. Winning our Best Buy award, it's one of the most versatile shoes tested that'll do well for feet of most shapes and sizes. We wore it for over 60 miles, while hiking, running, and exploring different single track and snow-covered trails. The newest iteration boasts a completely transformed outsole that sheds mud and latches on to the worst of trail surfaces (a problem it previously had). Aside from not having a water drainage system, we have no caveats with this contender and recommend it for any hard-charging lady that's eager to get on the trail. Whether you're a couch to 5K'er or training for ultras, it'll do the work.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Saucony Peregrine 10 wins another award for the 6th year in a row! As one of the most moderately priced competitors with a high score and amazing performance on the trail, we're happy to give this our Best Buy award. Its fit is conducive for most women's feet. You'll love the trail biting performance, that with this new update, sheds mud better than ever! We love this trail shoe, and it's a great purchase for any runner, whether you're attempting your first trail or finishing your 50th race.

Performance Comparison


The Saucony Peregrine 10 gets a new facelift with a brand new outsole and upper. We really enjoy these new updates  just know the fit is a tiny bit tighter through the toe box and heel.
The Saucony Peregrine 10 gets a new facelift with a brand new outsole and upper. We really enjoy these new updates, just know the fit is a tiny bit tighter through the toe box and heel.

Foot Protection


This shoe will keep your feet protected, whether you're trying them out on a dirt road, or plowing through "Gods Stairmaster" of uphill sand traps. Underfoot is responsive cushioning that isn't bouncy, but soft and comfortable for all-day wear. It is absorptive of impact, while the embedded rock plate offers force distribution and additional protection underfoot.


The bulk of the cushioning comes int the form of this cushion. In the forefoot, it is stacked with 17mm, while the heel has 21mm of cushioning. When running in slushy snow, over rocks, and technical terrain, we can feel the trail, but it doesn't take a toll on our skin or muscles, even at mile 20.

A look at the cushioning of the heel. While its ample  it doesn't feel like it  which offers a great balance of stability and foot protection.
A look at the cushioning of the heel. While its ample, it doesn't feel like it, which offers a great balance of stability and foot protection.

The upper also offers good protection from particulates, while keeping feet cool when it's hot outside. The mesh is quite fine and doesn't allow silt or sand inside of the shoe. It also does a good job of wicking away water and the upper is quite water-resistant because of its use of welded textiles. There are not, however, any drainage holes for heavy water tromping or river crossings. While the mesh offers some drainage capacity, it is a shoe that'll slosh for a mile or two before completely drying out.

A look at the protective toe cap and fine mesh upper that is impervious to trail debris. Unfortunately this upper is without an official water drainage system  but it does dry out easily after a mile or two.
A look at the protective toe cap and fine mesh upper that is impervious to trail debris. Unfortunately this upper is without an official water drainage system, but it does dry out easily after a mile or two.

Sensitivity


Balanced is what this shoe truly boasts. While it offers fantastic protection, it doesn't seem overly cushioned of thick, keeping it sensitive while you tread over treacherous terrain. The 17mm of cushioning doesn't feel overdone or "super-cushioned", but just right.


The body of the shoe is quite flexible (not too firm), which allows you to tiptoe through obstacles while descending steep trails. It's not nearly as sensitive as barefoot running shoes, or even some of the thinner options out there. But for the average trail runner, you'll be able to feel changes of the trail underfoot, but not so much that you feel every single rock or root.

We appreciate the flexible architecture of this shoe that offers great sensitivity and thus  stability.
We appreciate the flexible architecture of this shoe that offers great sensitivity and thus, stability.

Traction


The biggest update to his shoe is in the outsole. Over the years, Saucony has stood alongside its previous design that features several sets of sharp-toothed tread built close together. Previously, this was fantastic for dry, steep trails, but mud and small rocks would get stuck in the outsole, especially when dealing with clay.


A look at the fresh new outsole (front) in comparison to the past design (back)  where  if you look closely enough  you can see a small rock lodged in the tread. This is not a problem anymore!
A look at the fresh new outsole (front) in comparison to the past design (back), where, if you look closely enough, you can see a small rock lodged in the tread. This is not a problem anymore!

The newest update is still an aggressive outsole, but with much better performance in mud, over snow, and when handling small rocks. The lugs are now spaced out so it doesn't hold onto the mud.
After running through the mud  we quickly learn this shoe sheds mud easily. Here we see the chevron lugs that offer multidirectional traction but are spaced far enough apart to stay clean while tackling sloppy terrain.
After running through the mud, we quickly learn this shoe sheds mud easily. Here we see the chevron lugs that offer multidirectional traction but are spaced far enough apart to stay clean while tackling sloppy terrain.

It still puts the iron grip on steep trails and provides undeniable confidence when heading down through slippery surfaces. Kudos to Saucony for this great update that we love. Also, since the lugs aren't super long and quite durable in construction, this is a shoe you can easily cross over from the trail to the road for some stints. The ride is good, with nice transitions that aren't compromised by long lugs.

Here we test on some wet  slippery  clay-based trails overlaid with snow. This shoe offers the traction that is two big thumbs up!
Here we test on some wet, slippery, clay-based trails overlaid with snow. This shoe offers the traction that is two big thumbs up!

Stability


The stability of this shoe is up to par for any trail shoe. It offers a good level of cushioning while making you feel like you're floating close to the ground. We had no problems with rolled ankles or even issues of instability. Keep in mind, this is not a rigid trail runner, so its stability is found in its flexible nature.


When running from snow to mud to the hard-packed trail, we found ourselves all over the place. This isn't because of the shoe, but because of the terrain. In the midst of it all, we didn't roll an ankle and the shoe helped us to stay upright.

Whether you're running winter roads or technical terrain  this shoe offers great stability for those with all types of foot strike patterns.
Whether you're running winter roads or technical terrain, this shoe offers great stability for those with all types of foot strike patterns.

Comfort and Fit


Plush and comfortable! This trail runner is suited for runners with all different types of feet. It features a 5mm drop, which offers a touch more cushioning in the heel, with a neutral construction. It doesn't feature any arch support, but the shoe hugs your foot, offering a great fit for most.


This iteration has a different fit than before. We find that the heel cup is much more narrow and the fit itself feels a bit smaller. So, if you are a Saucony Peregrine lover who has all the new versions, know that the fit will feel a bit different than the Saucony ISO.

A look at the cushioned collar that provides exceptional comfort while it's one your foot.
A look at the cushioned collar that provides exceptional comfort while it's one your foot.

In terms of comfort, it's a great choice for all-day wear. This was a shoe we wore day-to-day as well as on the trail. The cushioning is soft underfoot, while the collar of the shoe offers a little extra cushioning in the Achilles, which we appreciate. The upper wraps the foot to keep it in place when running both up and downhill.

The new toe box seems a little more narrow than it once was. This is unfortunate for some  but good news for others. We also appreciate the breathable mesh that makes running easy in hot weather.
The new toe box seems a little more narrow than it once was. This is unfortunate for some, but good news for others. We also appreciate the breathable mesh that makes running easy in hot weather.

Weight


At 9.80 oz, this trail shoe is still considered quite lightweight. The upper does a good job at wicking away moisture and it's not ready to absorb water then you go tromping through a puddle. There are many other options that are lighter out there, but none with such a superior level of protection and comfort for taking on the trail.


Value


Of all the trail shoes tested, we believe this one presents the best value for those seeking high-quality performance. While the price doesn't seem much different than some of the contenders, it supersedes the competition in its overall use cases, durability, and performance. There are other Best Buy award winners that offer a lower price, but those options compromise comfort, fit, and quality. If you're seeking a shoe with a low profile, great protection, at a good price, know this one will last you many miles on the trail.

Take on tough trails with this exceptional trail runner. It's one of the most versatile  with the best value of any other options we've tested.
Take on tough trails with this exceptional trail runner. It's one of the most versatile, with the best value of any other options we've tested.

Conclusion


This best buy award winner offers superior value with its excellent score and price. The Saucony Peregrine 10 features a low-profile design with an updated outsole that'll tackle all terrain. Snow, mud, zoomy singletrack, the works! It's one of the most versatile shoes we've tested, and it comes at a price that won't completely empty your wallet.

Amber King