Saucony Peregrine 13 Review
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Saucony Peregrine 13
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|Pros||Great cushioning, comfortable thin upper, lightweight, playful||Unbeatable fit, fantastic underfoot protection, doesn’t absorb much water, very stable||Protective upper and midsole, great energy return, lightweight||Ultra-stable platform, stiff and supportive, deep lugs||Affordable, stabile, ample foot protection|
|Cons||Lacks foot protection, bad traction design, less direct when relaxed||Expensive, hard to get on foot, must wear above the ankle height socks, hard to stuff laces into garage||Stiff on advanced technical terrain, lacks sensitivity||Lack of ground feel, relatively heavy||Stiff and rigid in technical terrain, lacks sensitivity|
|Bottom Line||This is one of our favorite fitting models and it's extremely playful and agile, but we wish the traction was better||The finest shoe for technical terrain that gives a feeling of confidence at speed||If you are looking for Hoka that has a more instantaneous response, this is our favorite for long runs on moderate to buffed terrain||A classic shoe with a stiff platform that is firmly rooted in long-distance trail running||Built for beginners, this model is great for those looking for an entry point into trail shoes without spending top-dollar|
|Rating Categories||Saucony Peregrine 13||Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3||HOKA Torrent 3||Brooks Cascadia 16||Brooks Divide 3|
|Foot Protection (25%)|
|Specs||Saucony Peregrine 13||Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3||HOKA Torrent 3||Brooks Cascadia 16||Brooks Divide 3|
|Measured Weight (per pair)||19.8 oz (size 10)||20.5 oz (size 9.5)||19.3 oz (size 10)||22.5 oz (size 9.5)||20.8 oz (size 10)|
|Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot)||28 mm, 24 mm||26 mm, 18 mm||23 mm, 18 mm||29 mm, 21 mm||20 mm, 12 mm|
|Heel-to-Toe Drop||4 mm||8 mm||5 mm||8 mm||8 mm|
|Lug Depth||4 mm||4 mm||4 mm||5 mm||Not Available|
|Upper||Mesh||Anti-Debris mesh with sockliner||Mesh||Engineered mesh||Synthetic mesh|
|Midsole||PWRRUN foam||Energy Save PU foam with Profeel Film rock protection||EVA||2mm Brooks DNA LOFT v2 foam, Ballistic Rock Shield||EVA|
|Outsole||PWRTRAC rubber||Salomon Contagrip MA||Rubber||Brooks TrailTack rubber||TrailTrack Rubber|
|Lacing Style||Traditional||Quicklace with garage||Traditional||Traditional||Traditional|
|Wide Version Available?||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Sizes Available||7 - 14 US||4 - 13 US||7 - 15 US||7 - 15 US||7 - 15 US|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We've long been fans of Saucony, and the Peregrine 13 is a step in the right direction for a solid trail shoe. While it's not our top pick, it does a few things really well. At 19.8 ounces for a pair (US size 10), this is one of the lightest shoes in our lineup. Its sensitivity, comfort, and weight make this an excellent shoe when your efforts are focused and fast. The comfort easily transitions to easy running, but we found the shoe more predictable when running fast.
Plush cushioning and a low stack height do not blend well to offer much foot protection. It's no surprise then that the Peregrine 13 scores high in sensitivity — this is an area where Saucony manages to save weight. Luckily this isn't an issue if you are delicate with your feet and aren't on super technical or sharp terrain. However, when running fatigued or less focused, we found a bit more rebound than we'd like. We never felt like we could zone out with this shoe; it offers minimal support and requires focus when using it.
Most people won't complain about the traction of this shoe. But it could be better. The Peregrine 13 is already plenty soft, so the addition of soft rubber seems confusing. It's great when you are on the same surface but lacks bite in blended technical sections. The Saucony directional arrow-shaped treads fall flat. These are running shoes — the shoe isn't rolling on the ground like a bike tire. This is the biggest flaw of the Peregrine; with slightly stiffer, denser rubber, it could easily be one of our favorites, and this would potentially improve all of the weaker test metrics.
As mentioned earlier, the low stack and high cushioning give this shoe a great ground feel. If you are heavier on your feet, you may find you prefer a bit more stiffness and foot protection. But we had no issues when we were running focused. This led to increased confidence in technical terrain. Each foot placement felt solid and secure, and the movement between steps felt natural and flowing. Unless we were on sharp trails, this was a huge benefit. Sharp rocks and jumping onto more angular surfaces required increased caution, especially while moving quickly, and needed more absorption energy to reduce impact.
Generally, this blend of comfort wouldn't provide great stability, but the low stack is here to save the day. While this isn't our top pick for stability, given the quickness and comfort, we are surprised by how stable it feels. We think most users will find rigidity through the heel, knees, and hips. But those who have pronation issues may want something more rigid. For technical running, this blend is excellent. The foam is cushioned to reduce impact but doesn't bottom out. There also isn't thick stiff foam causing deflection or weird torque while off-camber. However, the stability feels a bit loose at times when you don't allow your legs to compensate for the light weight. For more relaxed running, some may want a bit more stiffness to increase the predictability.
High-end running shoes are generally stiff, and energy transfer is important, especially when running at your limits. However, there is a time and place, and not all fast running has to feel harsh. The Peregrine 13 allows for playful comfort in technical terrain. It's not our go-to pick for racing, but if you are less focused on your time and more focused on the feeling, it's hard to beat this shoe. The upper is excellent and is one of our favorites across our test lineup. We find Saucony fits normal to narrow feet best, and we noticed consistent pressure across the entire upper, meaning it fit our foot perfectly. While not as locked down as others, this provided all-day comfort with the ability to lock down the laces if needed.
This super light, 19.8-ounce platform is a joy to run in; takeoffs felt effortless and leg rotation felt unimpeded. The light upper is surprisingly durable while providing max breathability. The light but supportive tongue is one of the best we've seen. The laces feel great, and the footbed is of excellent quality. Saucony didn't skimp on materials by creating a lighter shoe. Unfortunately, our one gripe of wanting better traction would increase the weight. However, we think slightly denser rubber would be worth a small weight penalty.
Should You Buy the Saucony Peregrine 13?
If you have run in Saucony's before, you'll love this model just like us. We'd recommend the Peregrine 13 to anyone that isn't worried about racing. We find the energy transfer slightly lacking, but otherwise, we are big fans. For shorter efforts on technical terrain, this could be our top pick, but it suffers at longer runs due to the high sensitivity and soft cushioning.
What Other Trail Running Shoes Should You Consider?
For higher energy transfer with the same comfort and performance, we'd recommend the Salomon S/Lab Ultra 3. For a more directional model that's stiffer but also lively, we'd recommend the HOKA Torrent 3. And if you're after max comfort but still desire technicality, we'd suggest HOKA Speedgoat 5.
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