Saucony Peregrine 11 Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Stable, low to the ground, great traction
Cons: A little heavy for a trail shoe
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Saucony Peregrine 11
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|Pros||Stable, low to the ground, great traction||Excellent traction, protective and sensitive, light, comfortable, durable||Good protection and sensitivity, stable||Light, sensitive, very stable||G-grip graphene enhanced outsole is very durable, super comfortable, low to the ground and responsive|
|Cons||A little heavy for a trail shoe||Expensive, tongue comfort affects some||Not particularly breathable, fit is small||Traction inadequate on slick surfaces||Not 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 terrain||The perfect definition of a do-everything trail running shoe, which also happens to be zero-drop||These protective tanks will keep going over rocky ridges and scree fields but aren't great for hotter environments||These shoes are a great choice for folks looking to go fast on hard-packed single track||A 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%)|
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Matt Bento