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Saucony Peregrine 11 Review

This is a very stable shoe with a sticky outsole that's perfect for putting in miles over varied terrain
Saucony Peregrine 11
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Pros:  Stable, low to the ground, great traction
Cons:  A little heavy for a trail shoe
Manufacturer:   Saucony
By Matt Bento ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 6, 2021
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  • Foot Protection - 25% 5
  • Traction - 20% 9
  • Sensitivity - 15% 9
  • Stability - 15% 9
  • Comfort - 15% 8
  • Weight - 10% 5

Our Verdict

With a grippy outsole for excellent traction and a stable, low-to-the-ground profile, the Saucony Peregrine 11 had our testers feeling light and free while bombing down loose gravel and charging steeper, rocky trails. Changes from the previous model are subtle and entirely for the better, making the latest version sleeker and a little more breathable. If your old Peregrines are looking worse for wear, you'll be able to slip right into the latest version without missing a beat, and this version is sure to win over some new converts as well.

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Pros Stable, low to the ground, great tractionExcellent traction, protective and sensitive, light, comfortable, durableGood protection and sensitivity, stableLight, sensitive, very stableG-grip graphene enhanced outsole is very durable, super comfortable, low to the ground and responsive
Cons A little heavy for a trail shoeExpensive, tongue comfort affects someNot particularly breathable, fit is smallTraction inadequate on slick surfacesNot as sticky as previous versions, not super protective underfoot or in the upper
Bottom Line This is a very stable shoe with a sticky outsole that's perfect for putting in miles over varied terrainThe perfect definition of a do-everything trail running shoe, which also happens to be zero-dropThese protective tanks will keep going over rocky ridges and scree fields but aren't great for hotter environmentsThese shoes are a great choice for folks looking to go fast on hard-packed single trackA very comfortable, low riding shoe that has excellent and durable traction
Rating Categories Saucony Peregrine 11 Inov-8 Terraultra G... La Sportiva Bushido II Nike Air Zoom Terra... Inov-8 Roclite 290
Foot Protection (25%)
5.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Traction (20%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Sensitivity (15%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Stability (15%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Comfort (15%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
9.0
8.0
Weight (10%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Saucony Peregrine 11 Inov-8 Terraultra G... La Sportiva Bushido II Nike Air Zoom Terra... Inov-8 Roclite 290
Measured Weight (per pair) 22.5 oz (size 9.5) 20.9 oz (size 11) 21.9 oz (size 9.5) 21 oz (size 9.5) 21.6 oz (size 11)
Heel-to-Toe Drop 4 mm 0 mm 6 mm 4.5 mm 4 mm
Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot) 27 mm, 23 mm 22 mm, 22 mm 19 mm, 13 mm 16.5 mm, 12 mm 17.5 mm, 13.5 mm
Upper Reinforced mesh Breathable Mesh Air mesh/thermal adhesive microfiber/high-frequency welded ripstop overlays/TPU toe cap Mesh Mesh upper with ADAPTERWEB foot cradle system
Midsole PWRRUN Powerflow Max 4mm LaSpEVA/compression-molded MEMlex/1.5 mm dual-density compressed EVA React foam, Zoom Air heel unit PowerFlow
Outsole PWRTRAC Graphene Grip FriXion XT V-Groove2 rubber with Impact Brake System Rubber Tri-C Sticky
Lacing Style Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional
Wide Version Available? Yes No No No No
Sizes Available 7 - 14 7 - 15 38 - 48.5 6 - 15 7 - 15

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Saucony Peregrine 11 makes some small tweaks on the previous version, resulting in a similar feeling and performing update. The main observable changes include an additional set of lace eyelets, a smaller (but still effective) toe bumper, and the removal of some of the plastic overlays on the uppers. The latest Perigines are as versatile and comfortable as their predecessors, and in an industry that constantly shelves or drastically alters our favorite models on a seasonal basis, we're happy to see the best design features sticking around for a while. If you like the feel of and performance of the Peregrine, there are a few other versions available, including a Gore-tex version, a wide fitting model, and the deeper lugged, quick lacing "ST" version.

Performance Comparison


Little has changed from the Peregrine 10, and our testers...
Little has changed from the Peregrine 10, and our testers unanimously agree that this is a good thing. The latest version still has excellent traction and stability.
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Foot Protection


Compared to many modern trail shoes, the Peregrine 11 has heavily padded uppers. The tongue is thick and plush, which is excellent for protection and distributes pressure more evenly when you crank down the laces. Even the "mesh" upper is tougher than the standard mesh from competitors like Salomon or Inov-8. While it isn't as breathable, it's not going to shred from a stick or rock puncture.

From down below, the PWRRUN midsole provides plenty of cushioning, with a stack height of 27mm and 23mm in the heel and forefoot, respectively. We feel this shoe is adequately protective between the midsole and the rock plate, with a sacrifice of overall sensitivity. For folks who've cut their teeth frolicking through scree fields and boulder hopping, the Peregrine will do the trick, and folks making the transition from pavement to the great wide open will appreciate the level of protection.

The mesh uppers on this shoe have a tight weave that gives the shoe...
The mesh uppers on this shoe have a tight weave that gives the shoe structure and more protection while keeping them fairly breathable.
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Traction


Saucony's PWRTRAC outsole does a good job of striking a balance between grip and durability. It's soft enough to grip rocks slabs but not so soft that the rubber breaks down quickly or the lugs tear off. The 4mm lugs kept us on our feet and feeling confident when we were pounding down gravely single track.

Little seems to have changed in terms of the outsole from the previous version. Still present are the spots for drilling screw inserts for added traction on ice and snow, as are the points in the middle of the sole for drilling drainage holes. We didn't test these features, as Saucony offers no instructions, we had no ice to run on at the time of testing, and drilling holes in the sole seems like a great way to reduce the overall working life of the shoe.

Deep, chevron-shaped lugs are perfect for mud and loose gravel.
Deep, chevron-shaped lugs are perfect for mud and loose gravel.
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Sensitivity


We are surprised to find that these shoes are impressively sensitive, even though they are fairly protective. Someone new to trail running will appreciate the responsiveness to uneven terrain underfoot, while still getting plenty of protection from roots and scree.

The outsole rubber provides good traction on slick rock, but it...
The outsole rubber provides good traction on slick rock, but it isn't so soft that we worry about its durability.
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Stability


Like its predecessor, this is a very stable shoe. After cranking down the laces, we didn't feel any slippage or instability when charging uneven terrain. The heel stays locked in place, without the shoe feeling particularly narrow. With 4mm of drop, the whole package feels delightfully neutral, and while 23mm under the forefoot doesn't feel like a racing flat, the Peregrine 11 feels more stable than higher stacked competitors.

Due to the thicker mesh upper, the Peregrine 11 doesn't dry out as...
Due to the thicker mesh upper, the Peregrine 11 doesn't dry out as quickly as more breathable shoes. The outsole sheds mud with the best of them though.
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Comfort


The Peregrine 11 feels true to fit, with a little extra room at the end of the toe. It doesn't feel particularly wide, but we still feel like there's a little room for swollen feet. This shoe has a Goldilocks toebox that garners praise from multiple testers with varying foot shapes. For folks sporting flippers for feet, this shoe is available in an EE-wide version.

This shoe doesn't have a ton of cushion, but we feel the rock plate...
This shoe doesn't have a ton of cushion, but we feel the rock plate provides great protection on rocky trails.
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Weight


Tipping our scale at 22.5 oz for a US 9.5, these shoes aren't anywhere near the lightest we've tested. They feel surprisingly light and nimble, though. Even compared to some lighter models, they don't feel clunky and kept our testers bouncing along without dragging their feet.

These shoes are by no means "minimalist", but they still feel light...
These shoes are by no means "minimalist", but they still feel light and nimble to our testers.
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Value


Season after season, regardless of material and design changes, the Peregrine remains an affordably priced shoe that makes getting off the pavement and out into the woods accessible for more folks. They represent an excellent value.

Conclusion


We're happy to report that the slight changes made from the previous Perigrine translates to an even better shoe. They're a great option for anyone breaking into trail running or veteran crushers looking to log miles in a sensitive, protective shoe.

At the end of the day, it's all about fit and comfort. If you fit...
At the end of the day, it's all about fit and comfort. If you fit into a pair of Peregine 11s, we're confident you'll be very satisfied with their performance.
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