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Saucony Peregrine 11 - Women's Review

This versatile and high-value trail runner is built for all trails in all types of weather
Saucony Peregrine 11 - Women's
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Price:  $120 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Aggressive durable outsole, water resistant upper, all-trail performance, regular and wide fit options
Cons:  No water drainage system
Manufacturer:   Saucony
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 28, 2021
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  • Foot Protection - 25% 7
  • Traction - 20% 8
  • Sensitivity - 15% 6
  • Stability - 15% 7
  • Comfort and Fit - 15% 8
  • Weight - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Saucony Peregrine 11 is a time-tested model that continues to offer excellent value for its superior level of performance. Armed with trail-biting tread, it can tackle all sorts of terrain with its cushioned midsole and built-in rock plate. The new upper seems to be more durable, with more room in the toe box than the previous version. This is one of the most versatile trail shoes tested, offering a responsive and protective ride that is a great option for beginners to elite athletes. We've tested this model for over eight years, and it continues to be a high-value option that'll last many miles.

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Pros Aggressive durable outsole, water resistant upper, all-trail performance, regular and wide fit optionsLight, very protective, excellent mud shed, superior traction, surprisingly stableExcellent traction, great balance of foot protection and sensitivity, specific fit, durable outsoleLightweight and streamlined, durable elements, very sensitive, precise fit, protective upper, stable on technical terrain, fun color optionsSensitive, stable, precise fit, great for technical surfaces
Cons No water drainage systemNarrow fit, runs small, rigid construction takes time to break-inHigher heel is less stable, lugs wear down on pavementExpensive, no extra room in the toe box, tongue requires readjustment, zero drop design is best for only someHeavier, lacks cushioning, best for narrow feet
Bottom Line This versatile and high-value trail runner is built for all trails in all types of weatherStable and deliciously sticky, this contender is just a crusher all the way around, built for training runs and long distances alikeAn aggressive trail shoe that is built for the steepest and most technical trails out thereOur favorite for its low profile and zero-drop design that feels like an extension of the body, ready to tackle technical terrainA sensitive yet protective trail runner best for technical terrain, with a little less cushioning in the forefoot
Rating Categories Peregrine 11 Dynafit Feline SL - Women's Speedcross 5 Inov-8 Terraultra G270 Bushido 2
Foot Protection (25%)
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Traction (20%)
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Sensitivity (15%)
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Stability (15%)
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Comfort And Fit (15%)
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Specs Peregrine 11 Dynafit Feline SL... Speedcross 5 Inov-8 Terraultra... Bushido 2
Measured Weight (per shoe, size 9) 10 oz 9.8 oz 10.7 oz 8.3 oz 10.3 oz
Heel-to-Toe Drop 4 mm 8 mm 10 mm 0 mm 6 mm
Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot) 27 mm, 23 mm Not disclosed 35 mm, 25 mm 12 mm, 12 mm 19 mm, 13 mm
Upper Engineered mesh with 3D print overlays Mesh, continuous nylon Nylon mesh, sythetic overlays Mesh and TPU AirMesh, Thermal adhesive microfiber, High frequency welded ripstop
Midsole PWRRUN Feline SL midsole Injected EVA Powerflow Max 1.5 mm dual-density compressed EVA
Outsole PWRTRAC Sticky Pomoco Outer Contragrip Graphene Grip Dual-Density FriXion XT V-Groove with Impact Brake System
Rock Plate? Yes Not disclosed Yes Not disclosed Yes
Wide Version Available? Yes No No No No
Sizes Available 5 - 12 5 - 11 5 - 12 5.5 - 11 36 - 43 EU

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Saucony Peregrine 11 stands out as a versatile trail runner that offers incredible value. The newest update introduces a new upper design with a little more volume in the forefoot and a "more durable" mesh. This is a great choice whether you're training for a longer distance or getting out on your first trail mile.

What's New With the Saucony Peregrine 11?


Here's a look at the comparative differences between the Peregrine 11 and the past model, the Peregrine 10.
  • Updated mesh in the upper that seems more rigid and durable
  • A touch heavier (10 oz vs. 9.8 oz)
  • TPU overlays don't wrap up to the laces
  • More volume in the toe box
  • An extra eyelet for lacing (6 vs. 5)
  • New loop pull on the heel

A comparison of the Peregrine 11 (left) and the Peregrine 10...
A comparison of the Peregrine 11 (left) and the Peregrine 10 (right). This iteration has updates that we like, including a little more room in the toe box.
Photo: Amber King

Performance Comparison


We love the versatility of this well-rounded trail shoe that offers...
We love the versatility of this well-rounded trail shoe that offers a great bite on the trail and wiggle in the toe box.
Photo: Amber King

Foot Protection


We love the excellent protection from underfoot hazards like sharp rocks, roots, and stubbed toes. The overlay mesh is tightly knit, offering protection from rouge particulates while the rock plate and thicker underfoot cushioning support underneath. If your plan is to hit more technical trails, the Peregine 11 will help keep your foot protected.

We tested this contender will running on single track and county roads through the Winter and Spring in Arizona and Colorado. We hit rocks, roots, snow, kitty litter, trailless terrain, and more. The underfoot cushioning (27mm at the heel, 23mm in the forefoot) is noticeably plush, which shields your foot from any underfoot dangers.

We can appreciate the new upper that seems to be a little more...
We can appreciate the new upper that seems to be a little more resistant to abrasions and has a fast drying time.
Photo: Amber King

The mesh is tightly knit and breathes relatively well in warm weather. Sand can still get kicked up above the collar, but we didn't notice any particulates getting through the mesh itself. The new, "more durable" mesh (as Saucony claims) actually absorbs less water and dries quicker than other iterations. Unfortunately, it lacks a water drainage system. So for light rain, it's great, but submerging your foot takes more time for the water to drain than other options with holes in the front of the shoe.

Traction


We love this shoe's outsole. It's aggressive with trail-biting lugs that do well on both soft and hard surfaces. While the lugs aren't as long as trail shoes specifically designed for soft mud or grass, it still does the job. The new outsole from the last update is still one that we love and remains unchanged in this iteration.

We've tested this shoe over mud, snow, wet rocks, hard dirt, and kitty litter. The rubber compound is soft and malleable, which grips to harder rocks for excellent scrambling capabilities. The lugs are deep and multidirectional, aiding to keep you upright on both steep and slippery terrain.

While some of this sticky stuff hung on, the tread of the Peregrine...
While some of this sticky stuff hung on, the tread of the Peregrine 11 sheds pretty well to give you decent performance on muddy surfaces.
Photo: Amber King

Overall, for a lower-priced shoe option, this is one of the best, simply because of the excellent traction that it offers. In the last version, we put in over 150 miles, and the lugs still don't look worn down. The new outsole has the same materials and design, so we dare to say the outsole is quite durable.

A look at the aggressive chevron lugs that stick well to rock and...
A look at the aggressive chevron lugs that stick well to rock and steep surfaces.
Photo: Amber King

Sensitivity


The PWR RUN midsole and rock plate of the Peregrine 11 offer a wealth of protection without sacrificing sensitivity. Expect to still feel the trail underfoot, but with a protective layer of cushioning in between. While it's not the most sensitive shoe out there, it has just the right amount of sensitivity to have you running with confidence.

We wore this shoe while running on a fairly rocky trail laced with ice in the San Juan mountains. In all cases, we could feel the ground underfoot. When your foot lands, the embedded rock plate does good work to spread out the impact, so your foot can land flat. This shoe is also a little more rigid than other flexible contenders. So while you can feel the trail underfoot, it protects so your feet don't get beat up after just a couple of miles.

On rocky terrain, you can feel a little of what's underfoot. Just...
On rocky terrain, you can feel a little of what's underfoot. Just enough to help you stay balanced and land without rolling an ankle.
Photo: Amber King

Stability


This shoe offers a wider foot platform but has a fairly steep side transition from the collar to the outsole and a larger amount of cushioning. Thus, it feels a touch less stable than other options. It also doesn't integrate any stability features like shanks. Additionally, the upper has lost the TPU skeleton that was featured on the previous model, which we felt added a little more rigidity, and thus a bit more stability. While we think this trail runner is a good option for technical terrain, it's one that requires a little more caution when running, especially if you're prone to rolling an ankle.

With 27mm of cushioning packed into the heel (and 23mm at the forefoot), it feels like you ride a little higher in the Peregrine 11 than options with less cushioning. We do like that the forefoot has a wider platform that offers a nice landing zone, feeling more stable than narrower competitors. Though, the sidewall (or bumper) of the shoe is more straight up and down than sloped, which means the rolling tipping point is more pronounced.

Since the shoe is more flexible in the upper than some, it provides some wiggle room for stability when running over uneven and rocky terrain. You can adjust your toes, position, and body. We didn't have any issues with rolled ankles, but we found ourselves watching our foot placement more than with other more stable contenders.

While this shoe is ultimately pretty stable, we did have to watch...
While this shoe is ultimately pretty stable, we did have to watch our step as we wobbled on a few rocks while plugging away on this trail in Ouray, CO.
Photo: Amber King

Comfort and Fit


This shoe features a regular and neutral fit. It has a 4mm drop from heel to toe, with just the smallest hint of arch support. We think the heel is well fitted, and you can tighten down the laces to keep your foot from moving, which is important for steep downhill sections. It loads lots of cushioning underfoot, which is suitable for miles of trail wandering.

The upper is a little more rigid than the previous version, but it's still mobile and moves well with the foot. The collar is thin and articulates well, while the tongue is cushioned and cozy. The back of the collar uses a little more cushioning than the previous model, and it doesn't pinch on the Achilles.

This shoe offers a relatively regular fit for the regular option. It...
This shoe offers a relatively regular fit for the regular option. It has some volume in the forefoot and a little bit of arch support.
Photo: Amber King

The foot box offers a little more wiggle than other shoes that have a regular fit. In fact, the newest version seems to have more volume top to bottom than the previous, which is a welcome change. You can adjust the laces as you please to get a more specific fit. Overall, we deem this a very comfortable shoe.

We tested the regular-sized shoe, so we can't comment on the sizing of the wide option. The regular fit felt true to size.

Weight


For trail runners, this shoe scores smack dab in the middle. A size nine weighs 10 oz, making this newer update a teensy bit heavier than the previous version. On the foot, it doesn't feel bulky or boaty. It instead feels light and streamlined.

Value


The Peregrine 11 offers excellent performance and traction for a wide variety of surfaces and conditions. While its main caveat is that it lacks a drainage system, we are happy to call this one of the better deals that you'll find on the market. Plus, it has lasted longer than other top performers, logging 500+ miles before being ready to be retired (in the last iterations). The performance is similar to other high-performing contenders with a price tag that's a bit more affordable than others. A great deal? We think yes.

Conclusion


The Saucony Peregrine 11 is a versatile trail treader ready to take on all types of surfaces. It offers excellent cushioning throughout the midsole, with a little extra in the heel. Renowned for its level of performance, it earns it a place amongst the best trail runners at a price that is easy to digest. If you're looking for a great deal and appreciate responsive protection with an outsole that is more aggressive than most, look no further.

Amber enjoys the end of her run at the Baby Bath Tubs in Ouray...
Amber enjoys the end of her run at the Baby Bath Tubs in Ouray, Colorado.
Photo: Amber King

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