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Saucony Peregrine 8 - Women's Review

This high value, low profile trail runner provides awesome performance everywhere - from the roads to the mountains.
Saucony Peregrine 8
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $120 List | $119.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Aggressive and sticky outsole, breathable, soft cushioning, versatile, great price, dries quickly
Cons:  Absorbent, less responsive cushioning
Manufacturer:   Saucony
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 9, 2018
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RANKED
#7 of 15
  • Foot protection - 30% 7
  • Traction - 20% 7
  • Stability - 15% 7
  • Comfort and Fit - 15% 8
  • Weight - 10% 5
  • Sensitivity - 10% 8

The Skinny

The Saucony Peregrine 8 is a well-rounded trail trotter that can tackle everything from steep mountain switchbacks to backcountry roads. This lightweight and low profile trail runner sports fantastic performance and a fair price, making it our Best Buy award winner. The new midsole is constructed of PWRFOAM and EVERUN cushioning that feels a little too soft but is responsive while logging miles on the trail. It provides additional protection in conjunction with the super beefed up outsole that features 6mm lugs! In fact, we took it out on a 15-mile run right out of the box, and experienced nothing but cushioned and protected bliss all day long.

Not only is it protective, but it's also flexible and sensitive. This year, Saucony did away with the rock plate which had some people worried that protection simply wouldn't be the same. However, when took it for a jaunt on rock-strewn trails, we didn't notice much difference. We could feel more underfoot with our feet still feeling protected. That said, while this shoe is excellent in many metrics, there are some fit and stability issues that we haven't seen in previous styles. The super comfortable foam feels almost too soft; we also noticed some durability issues right out of the gate in this upper. Despite these caveats, we still believe this is a wonderfully versatile shoe that is recommended for anybody looking to get on the trail…run with it in your next ultra distance, or try out trail running for the first time. Just make sure you give it a try on before buying.

In this year's iteration, the Saucony Peregrine 8 gets a midsole makeover! So what's changed?
  • Increased amount and type of midsole cushioning
  • Rock plate is eliminated
  • Longer lug length (6mm vs. 5mm)
  • Heavier (almost one ounce added for weight)
  • The toe box feels a little more narrow

How does this affect the shoe?
  • Better flexibility
  • Enhanced sensitivity
  • Better traction
  • Softer cushioning feels less responsive
  • Less stable overall with a more narrow toe box


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Peregrine 8 features versatile performance with a low-profile (4mm heel-to-toe drop) and neutral design. Tackle all sorts of terrain with this Best Buy award winner (retails for $120).

Performance Comparison


The Saucony Peregrine is a versatile and well-rounded trail runner that will tackle the most technical trails for any distance you wish.
The Saucony Peregrine is a versatile and well-rounded trail runner that will tackle the most technical trails for any distance you wish.

Foot Protection


Earning an average score for foot protection, we are stoked with the protective performance of this shoe. Stacked with 24.5mm of cushioning in the heel and 20.5mm of cushioning in the forefoot, this shoe can protect from underfoot hazards that you might experience. The toe cap and bumper aren't the hardest or most protective out there, but it does the trick. The flexfilm upper provides both breathability and protection from particulates and other types of debris found on the trail.


This year, the most significant change to the shoe is the midsole make-over. The biggest difference to protection is the loss of the rock plate that provides a thin layer of additional security. In addition to protection, the rock plate provides a response medium that allows additional "bounce back" when taking a step. To replace this medium, Saucony added PWRFOAM to the EVERUN midsole. In doing this, it added a more rigid layer to help add more protection. The lug length was made longer, which also probably helps protect the foot from underfoot hazards.

The protective features provide great cushioning from sharp rocks and some uneven surfaces.
The protective features provide great cushioning from sharp rocks and some uneven surfaces.

When it comes to performance, we didn't notice a huge difference in the protective level of this shoe. When running over rubble-strewn trails in the gnarly San Juan mountains, our feet felt just as protected as it had in the previous iteration of this shoe. As a result, we're happy with this update when it comes to protection; however, the softness of the cushioning is an issue that we'll discuss later.

The toe cap is reinforced and complete with a mud-wicking bumper. It provides sufficient protection for the toes in front.
The toe cap is reinforced and complete with a mud-wicking bumper. It provides sufficient protection for the toes in front.

When it comes to water, this shoe is neither waterproof or water resistant. When taking it on a dewy morning run through a grassy field in rural Ridgway, Colorado, the upper saturated within seconds leaving our socks wet. That said, when trudging over a creek on a warmer day, we noticed the shoe drying quickly when a little wet. When completely saturated, however, it took a while for the water to drain. As a result, we wouldn't recommend it for the wettest weather, but it's a decent option for the odd creek or river crossing.

The dual-layer mesh keeps out pesky debris while breathing on the go.
The dual-layer mesh keeps out pesky debris while breathing on the go.

Traction


The outsole features new longer lugs (6mm) with the same sticky PWRTRAC rubber used in previous iterations. The lugs are spaced out nicely with rhombus shaped lugs of varying directions and sizes. Overall, this outsole features outstanding performing well on everything from paved roads to super steep and technical terrain.


The PWRTRAC rubber is super durable and sticky. When running through boulder-laden trails, we found ourselves jumping to and fro without worry as rubber sticks and conforms to the uneven surfaces. However, it is limited to super slippery surfaces. Like most shoes in this review, this outsole will slip and slide on the slickest rocks.

This burly outsole features 6-mm lugs that are multi-directional and sticky to provide optimal traction. Wear them anywhere! Here  we take them running and hiking the Grand Canyon.
This burly outsole features 6-mm lugs that are multi-directional and sticky to provide optimal traction. Wear them anywhere! Here, we take them running and hiking the Grand Canyon.

The new lugs are super aggressive, grabbing even the slipperiest of trails. When running up and down super steep terrain with rocks overlaying rock slabs, we noticed the super sticky rubber grabbing onto the slab below. On soft trails caked in mud, the outsole kept us locked in on the slope, with minimal slipping up or down. That said, while this shoe is pretty awesome, it doesn't shed mud as well as other models with more spaced out lugs.

The lugs are deep and sticky. In addition  they are durable  expanding the shoe's uses to harder surfaces like pavement and Slickrock.
The lugs are deep and sticky. In addition, they are durable, expanding the shoe's uses to harder surfaces like pavement and Slickrock.

Overall, the updated outsole on this years model is outstanding. It combines the sticky rubber that we know and love with a longer, more aggressive lug that is still suitable for road running and the most technical of terrain. Another reason why you can truly "run anywhere"!

Wear this shoe on varied terrain! Traction is burly  biting into sandy or rocky trails.
Wear this shoe on varied terrain! Traction is burly, biting into sandy or rocky trails.

Stability


Stability is good in this low-profile shoe that features a 4mm heel-to-toe drop with a maximum of 24.5 mm of cushioning in the heel. The flexifilm harness wraps around the upper and connects to the lacing system to wrap around your foot for a more precise fit.


The heel stability is decent; however, it doesn't seem to fit as well as it used to, making the whole shoe feel a little less stable than it once did. With the loss of the rock plate, this shoe also feels a lot more "squishier" than it once did, and a little less stable. To top it off, the 8 is a little more narrow in the toe box then it once way, and wider along the arch, making the fit feel sloppier, compromising stability. Overall, this shoe isn't as stable as it once was, however in comparison to the rest, it still deserves an average stability score.

The synthetic overlays work together to promote stability in this shoe. The laces are attached to the harness system that connects directly to the upper  promoting torsional rigidity.
The synthetic overlays work together to promote stability in this shoe. The laces are attached to the harness system that connects directly to the upper, promoting torsional rigidity.

Comfort & Fit


Boasting boatloads of cushion and all things comfort, the Peregrine 8 features a versatile fit that's suitable for all-day comfort. It's loaded with cushioning, a nice upper, and a wider forefoot fit suitable for everything from short to ultra-distances.


The midsole is packed with 24.5mm of cushioning in the heel and 20.4mm of cushioning in the forefoot. While this cushioning is super nice and cushioned on the trail, many of our testers mentioned that it almost felt a little too soft. While the shoe does respond, it's not as responsive as it once was in previous iterations. Independent of that comparison, it provides an average level of cushioning and response that you would expect in any trail runner.

The new midsole loses its protective rock plate but beefs up its composition by adding in an additional  more rigid layer. The cushioning underfoot is responsive  but soft. This promotes comfort for all-day wear.
The new midsole loses its protective rock plate but beefs up its composition by adding in an additional, more rigid layer. The cushioning underfoot is responsive, but soft. This promotes comfort for all-day wear.

The upper adds to the comforts of this trail warrior. It is thin and flexible, wrapping around the body of the foot for a nice fit. It is completely breathable, making it great for summer running. Or if paired with a nice wool running sock, it could be used in the winter months. The lacing system is decent, but we found that they couldn't be pulled through once for self-tightening; we had to take time to adjust the fit carefully. As a result, you could swap out the thicker, flat laces for ones with less width to off-set this issue. Overall, this is a nice, comfortable shoe.

The upper and shoe's tongue wrap around the foot for a wonderfully precise fit.
The upper and shoe's tongue wrap around the foot for a wonderfully precise fit.

Onto fit; this neutral shoe has a low profile design (4 mm heel-toe drop) with a wider toe box. This allows for additional balance and toe splay while accommodating for foot swell on longer runs. That said, in this year's iteration, the toe box feels more narrow than it once was, but offers the same level of top to bottom volume. This adds to the instability of the shoe and ultimately makes it a little less comfortable for wide footed runners. That said, the women that tried this shoe on with a narrow foot liked it better than previous iterations.

There is additional cushioning in the Achilles that providing added stability.
There is additional cushioning in the Achilles that providing added stability.

However, the heel cup is a little sloppy and doesn't entirely lock in, causing the foot (in some cases) to move around. Despite these minor fit problems that only some of our testers experienced, we still think it's worth trying on to see if you like it; it is a great shoe, after all.

Kasia and Amber test trail running shoes as hiking shoes while going into the depths of the Grand Canyon. This shoe proved to be comfortable and cushioned for the duration of that trip.
Kasia and Amber test trail running shoes as hiking shoes while going into the depths of the Grand Canyon. This shoe proved to be comfortable and cushioned for the duration of that trip.

Weight


This shoe is lightweight but heavier than it once was. It weighs 10.20 oz (used to be 9.3 oz) and holds a little more water than it once did (5.05 oz). That said, it still dries quickly and feels light on the foot.


It's a decent option for the odd creek crossing or light rain. Despite the increases in weight, we didn't notice a huge weight difference on the trail. As a result, it earns a lower comparative score in this metric for its absorbent fabrics and heavier dry weight. Still a great option for short or long distance runs.

A lightweight shoe that doesn't feel bulky underfoot.
A lightweight shoe that doesn't feel bulky underfoot.

Sensitivity


Sporting a low-profile design and just simple cushioning throughout the midsole, this shoe is quite sensitive (but protective). While treading over uneven terrain, we could easily feel every shift and change, readjusting as needed. This year's iteration feels more sensitive than models in the past because of the loss of the rock plate (and lower stack height). Overall, it earns a high score in this category.


Testing trail sensitivity over some gravel and rock. We also took this shoe on some much more serious terrain to see what we could feel and what we couldn't. It does well in this category.
Testing trail sensitivity over some gravel and rock. We also took this shoe on some much more serious terrain to see what we could feel and what we couldn't. It does well in this category.

Best Applications


The Peregrine 8 is one of the most versatile shoes tested doing well in pretty much any (and all) conditions. The midsole provides a mostly responsive and protective ride. The outsole is aggressive and versatile, doing well on a plethora of surfaces that range from paved roads to steep and technical switchbacks. While the shoe isn't waterproof or even water resistant, it does dry easily, making it a decent option for the odd river crossing. As a result, we say "Run Anywhere!"

Take this shoe hiking  running  and more! It's quite versatile and able to tackle a variety of surfaces.
Take this shoe hiking, running, and more! It's quite versatile and able to tackle a variety of surfaces.

Value


It might be too good to be true, but this ultra-versatile and bomber shoe retails for just $120! While this isn't the cheapest option out there, it certainly is the best value. That said, in our testing period we did notice some wear and tear issues with the upper starting to wear around after 20 miles of running. While this is concerning, no other aspects of the shoe showed wear and tear, even after hiking and running for almost 100 miles in them.

Conclusion


"Run Anywhere" in this incredibly versatile Best Buy award winner.

A great trail shoe suited for a diversity of surfaces!
A great trail shoe suited for a diversity of surfaces!


Amber King