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).
The Saucony Peregrine is a versatile and well-rounded trail runner that will tackle the most technical trails for any distance you wish.
Earning an average score for foot protection, we like 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 most notable 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 extra "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.
When it comes to performance, we didn't notice a massive 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.
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 thoroughly 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.
This shoe sports a low-profile design and simple cushioning throughout the midsole, making this shoe 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.
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.
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 impressive, 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.
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 genuinely "run anywhere"!
Wear this shoe on varied terrain! Traction is burly, biting into sandy or rocky trails.
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 flex film 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 eight is a little more narrow in the toe box then it once was, and broader 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.
Comfort & Fit
Boasting boatloads of cushion and all things comfort, the Peregrine 8 features a versatile fit that's suitable for all-day comfort. This shoe is well cushioned, has a nice upper, and has a wider forefoot fit suitable for everything from short to ultra-distances.
The midsole contains 24.5mm of cushioning in the heel and 20.4mm of cushioning in the forefoot. While this cushioning is lovely 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 upper adds to the comforts of this trail warrior. It is thin and flexible, wrapping around the body of the foot for an excellent fit. It is entirely breathable, making it great for summer running. Or if paired with a quality wool running sock, it could be used in the winter months. The lacing system is decent, but we found that they couldn't pull 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.
Onto fit; this neutral shoe has a low profile design (4 mm heel-toe drop) with a broader toe box, which 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 combination 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.
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.
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 considerable 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.
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.
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.
"Run Anywhere" in this incredibly versatile Best Buy award winner.
A great trail shoe suited for a diversity of surfaces!