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Saucony Peregrine 7 - Women's Review

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Best Buy Award
Price:  $120 List | $83.93 at REI
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Pros:  Versatile, comfortable midsole, low profile, aggressive tread, quick to dry, great value
Cons:  Absorbent, runs a half size small
Bottom line:  This high value, low profile trail runner provides awesome performance everywhere - from the roads to the mountains.
Editors' Rating:   
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Weight (oz):  9.3 oz
Type of Shoe:  Low profile
Heel-to-Toe Drop:  4 mm
Manufacturer:   Saucony

Our Verdict

The Saucony Peregrine 7 is a high-performing, low profile trail running shoe that we continue to love. In the past, it won our Editor's Choice award, but for the second year in a row, it is our Best Buy pick instead. This year's model sports an aggressive outsole that has you whipping around switchbacks. The Everrun midsole provides comfort that keeps you on your feet for tens of miles. The fantastic lateral stability prevents rolled ankles, while the synthetic overlays wick away water. In addition, Saucony made a slight tweak to the midsole making it a little more responsive. For only $120, this is a great deal!

This shoe is the second highest scorer overall because of its great versatility. It's dialed in. The toe box is roomier than ever with a precise fit around the heel and midfoot. It has a great level of cushioning that isn't too soft or hard in addition to a protective rock plate that boasts sensitivity on super technical trails. The only thing it could use is a Gore-Tex overlay to make it more water resistant, like our Editor's Choice winner, the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX - Women's. To add to all these pluses, the Peregrine 7 is lightweight and low profile. So if you're looking for a super-versatile trail shoe that is cute and high performing with great value, look no further - this Best Buy award winner will liberate you without draining your cash flow.

Peregrine 8 Released
In 2018, Saucony released the Peregrine 8. Saucony told us they enhanced the EVERUN topsole to provide more cushioning, but aside from that and some new colorways, the shoe hasn't changed very much.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Amber King

Last Updated:
Friday
May 26, 2017

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The Peregrine 7 is a high performing and low-profile trail running shoe with a neutral 4 mm heel-toe drop. It is incredibly versatile, allowing you to be an all-terrain warrior. For only $120 (retail), this is the best value shoe in this review and our Best Buy award winner!

Performance Comparison


The Saucony Peregrine 7 is our Best Buy award winner!
The Saucony Peregrine 7 is our Best Buy award winner!

The new Saucony Peregrine 7 sports a few more design alterations. Here is a short summary.
  • New aggressive outsole
  • More responsive cushioning that extends throughout the midsole of the shoe versus two different densities.

Foot Protection


Featuring a very rigid midsole with a stack height of 25 mm and an integrated lightweight nylon mesh rock plate, the Peregrine 7 will protect you from sharp rocks and unsuspecting trail obstacles.


The no-seam flex film upper performs well maintaining the shoe's rigidity while the breathable overlays keep out small particulates. That said, the toe cap isn't as hard as other contenders. For example, the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger 4 offers a little more cushion, mesh protection, and a harder, extended toe cap, meaning a high level of protection.

While this shoe features great protective elements like a rock plate and anti-debris mesh  we wished for a harder toe cap to prevent stubbed toes.
While this shoe features great protective elements like a rock plate and anti-debris mesh, we wished for a harder toe cap to prevent stubbed toes.

In addition, the Peregrine 7 doesn't offer any water resistance properties. It does, however, dry quickly when wet, making it a decent option for crossing streams and trudging through puddles. If you want a waterproof option, be sure to check out the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX.

Traction


The outsole on this shoe continues to be outstanding, earning an eight out of ten in this category. Featuring 5 mm aggressive lugs, this shoe does a great job over a variety of surfaces. We liked it for everything from the road to the super sloppy stuff!


Muddy trails might prove to be an issue for some contenders  but the Peregrine 7 held up!
Muddy trails might prove to be an issue for some contenders, but the Peregrine 7 held up!

Even though the lugs aren't as deep or able to shed mud as well as the Salomon Speedcross 4 - Women's - Top Pick for Sloppy Surfaces - it certainly performs well over all types of terrain and weather.

A look at the lug length - deep and aggressive!
A look at the lug length - deep and aggressive!

That said, like many other shoes, it does not stick to wet rocks, but does well in most everything else.

A look at the outsole pattern.
A look at the outsole pattern.

Stability


Scoring an eight out of ten in this category, this shoe has a great level of stability. It does well over technical terrain even with a stack height of 25 mm in the heel and 21 mm in the forefoot.


The uppers wrap around the foot nicely while flexfilm skeleton provides additional lateral stability. The plastic urethane frame does a great job locking in the heel for uncertain surfaces.

The synthetic overlays add great lateral stability to the shoe.
The synthetic overlays add great lateral stability to the shoe.

In addition, the midsole features responsive cushioning and a wide forefoot. If you're looking for a shoe that offers even more stability, check out the Nike Terra Kiger 4 - Women's or the La Sportiva Bushido.

The Everun midsole is responsive and comfortable. Not too hard  not too soft.
The Everun midsole is responsive and comfortable. Not too hard, not too soft.

Comfort & Fit



Comfort

The Peregrine 7 continues to boast boat loads of comfort on the trail and off. The Everun foam midsole is not super hard nor is it super soft - it's just right. It feels both responsive and cushiony on both long and short runs. Although it's not nearly as comfortable as maximalist options like the HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 4 - Women's, it is much more comfortable than the ultra rigid La Sportiva Bushido or the Editors' Choice, the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX.


Not only is the shoe comfortable, but it breathes well too! The uppers feature a breathable mesh with a flexfilm no-seam synthetic overlay that dries quickly and wicks well. The tongue upper is thin yet cozy - contributing to good overall breathability. Because of this high level of breathability, you might consider a warmer shoe during the winter months, like the Salomon Speedcross 4 or Brooks Cascadia 12 - Women's. If you're interested in the most breathable shoe tested, take a look at the Salming Elements instead.

A look at the protective mesh that keeps out debris and breathes well in the summer!
A look at the protective mesh that keeps out debris and breathes well in the summer!

Fit

This neutral shoe has a low profile design (4 mm heel-toe drop) with no additional arch support and a wide toe box. The shoe is typically favored by forefoot and midfoot strikers but works well for heel strikers as well. In addition, the lacing and stability systems locks down the mid-foot so there is no heel slip on steep descents. We also loved the spacious toe box that both our narrow and wide footed testers loved.

The uppers are thin and comfortable  wrapping the foot nicely for a great fit.
The uppers are thin and comfortable, wrapping the foot nicely for a great fit.

Order a half size larger to ensure a proper fit.

Weight


This was one of the lightest shoes tested with a weight of just 9.3 oz. When performing water dunk tests, we found that the shoe held 4.4 oz of water when wet. As a result of these metrics, it earns a seven out of ten in this category. Even though the material is fairly absorbent, we were surprised that it dried so quickly. Its minimalist design and lightweight protective upper makes you feel light and quick for long distances. In addition, it does okay for river crossings and wet weather, but is not water resistant (like most contenders).

A lightweight for long days on the trail.
A lightweight for long days on the trail.

If you're in the market for the most lightweight option out there, check out the Nike Terra Kiger 4. If you want something that doesn't hold a lot of water, your best bet is the New Balance Leadville Trail v3 - Women's instead.


Sensitivity


Like most low-profile shoes, this model boasts great sensitivity that is on par with the inov-8 Roclite 305 GTX and Salomon Speedcross 4, all scoring an eight out of ten. We felt like we could still feel the trail well, allowing us to be nimble and quick over unsuspecting obstacles. If you're looking for a truly intimate experience that has you feeling every rock and undulation, but sure to look at the La Sportiva Bushido (more protected) or the ultra-sensitive Salming Elements (less protected).


Best Applications


The Saucony Peregrine 7 is one of the most versatile shoes tested doing well in pretty much any and all conditions. It's great in wet weather as it dries quickly. The outsole is aggressive and versatile, doing well on all surfaces including; technical trails, pavement, and mellow single track. The wider toe box accommodates all types of feet and allows for additional foot swelling on the trail. As a result, we'd recommend this shoe from pretty much any adventure! True to the logo, you can truly "Run Anywhere".

The Saucony Peregrine 7 in action during an 8-mile run in Bryce Canyon National Park.
The Saucony Peregrine 7 in action during an 8-mile run in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Value


A bomber women's trail running shoe that performs well in all conditions and over most surfaces? Plus it's comfortable AND low profile?! For a price tag of just $120?! Almost too good to be true, this shoe earns the highest value of any in this review, thus earning our Best Buy award. If you're looking for a shoe that offers a little less in the way of performance with the lowest price tag check out the ASICS Gel-Kahana 8 - Women's, newly updated from the previous year for only $85.

Conclusion


The women's Peregrine 7 from Saucony stands out as the most versatile shoe we tested. It has great protection with a comfortable construct. Not only that but it perfectly balances weight, stability, and sensitivity - all for a lower price. Take this shoe over varied terrain - mountain passes, buffed out single track, rocked and rutted surfaces. If you buy this shoe, you can truly "Run Anywhere".

Running it out in Bryce Canyon!
Running it out in Bryce Canyon!

Amber King

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