The Peregrine has long been a staple in Saucony’s trail lineup of shoes. Sitting in between the minimalist Switchback and the protective Xodus, the Peregrine has always struck a good balance of plush comfort and lightweight performance. Now entering it’s 10th edition the shoe has seen some minor changes over the years, and gets some additional tweaks to version ten making it the best Peregrine yet.
The Peregrine has always been a traction monster. Each edition has sported some version of Saucony’s PWR Track outsole featuring tons of massive lugs. The new version is no different, however it does seem as though the lugs are spaced out a bit further. Hopefully this helps with clearing mud, something previous versions did not excel at. There is still a rock plate to help guard against sharp rocks and debris sitting underneath a layer of Saucony’s new PWRRUN midsole material. The PWRRUN is basically a new version of Saucony’s Everun material that is touted to be both lighter and more cushioned.
The shoes upper also sees a big update moving away from Saucony’s ISO fit upper and back to a more traditional light mesh and synthetic overlay design. There is still plenty of protection in the heel and out front for your toes thanks to these overlays. There also seems to be a bit more room in the toe box compared to previous models that could feel narrow for some. Saucony also included an elastic lace locker to help avoid snagging errand laces on sticks and debris.
Related: Review: Saucony Peregrine 10 ST
Category: Neutral cushion
Weight: 303g for Men’s size 9
Available: January 1, 2020
How it feels on the trail
Out on the trails I immediately felt the difference with the new PWRRUN midsole material. It feels a little more plush than Everun but also has a better energy return. This Peregrine is the most cushioned version yet and I think that is a positive. One small issue I had was with the tongue being a little too short. I like to lock down my laces and if you use the highest eyelet sometimes the laces can find their way over the top of the tongue. An issue I had with previous Peregrines. The outsole although a little stiff for the road absolutely clings to the trail. The large lugs bite into trail surfaces and give you confidence on any terrain. The peregrine has always been my go to shoe for messy conditions and version ten will certainly continue the trend. The upper locked down on my foot without issues and I didn’t experience any discomfort or chafing even on longer runs.
Who is it for?
Runners looking for maximum traction and cushion will appreciate the new Peregrine 10. This shoe would be great for middle distance trail racing and running, but could also go the distance and be comfortable as an all day Ultra shoe.
– Plush PWRRun midsole – Big lugs not great on road or harder surfaces
– Comfortable and light upper – Slightly heavier than previous version
– Excellent traction