Saucony Peregrine 8 – Trail Shoe Review

Saucony;

Saucony-Logo

Saucony is a huge running brand from the USA that was founded way back in 1898. Their tagline is “Find Your Strong” and that is what has shaped the business into what it is today. Saucony is part of the “Wolverine” group that is one of the leaders in footwear innovation and paving new ways at how we look at the comfort and performance of running shoes. Their shoes are all built lower around the ankle for freedom of movement; the lower drop to the shoe also promotes a forefoot strike.

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Group testing the peregrine 7!

The Peregrine 8;

Weight (grams) 283g (men’s)

Drop (mm) 4mm

Stack Height (mm) 24.5mm/20.5mm

Key Technical Features 6.0 Lug PWRTRAC outsole, EVERUN Topsole, PWRFoam Midsole, RUNDRY Collar Lining.

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The Saucony Peregrine is my go-to shoe for most trail runs. It’s a versatile shoe with impressive grip and a good amount of cushioning. In the last few years, I have had five models of this shoe. Trail runners seeking a lightweight, flexible, and versatile trail shoe for every type of terrain would benefit from giving these a bash!

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The most recent model coping well with a wet and icy Ben Nevis!

Let’s get Going!

In my review, I will give a non-biased opinion on my likes and dislikes after putting the shoes to the test, marking each of the following categories out of 10 points.

  • Comfort
  • Responsiveness
  • Grip
  • Durability
  • Price
  • Looks

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Comfort – 8/10

Likes:

The newer addition to the peregrine model is Saucony’s new Everun topsole cushioning. Everun is a polyurethane material that boasts 3% more durability and 83% more energy return compared to your standard EVA cushioning. This has really made this shoe great for taking out on those longer trails and helping lesson impact. In previous models, the shoe became a bit too firm over the longer runs or with back-to-back days training. However, the new material retains its structure well and doesn’t lose that cushioned feel.

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Dislikes:

The insole of the shoe rests directly on top of the Everun material. Unfortunately, this means that if you go through a river or your feet get very wet the insole can slide on top of the cushioning material creating pinch points. This has not been enough to put me off repeat purchasing the shoe.

FIX: I used a bit of superglue on the insole to secure it down which seems to have stopped all movement.

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Older Style! (80km into a mountain ultra and still feeling comfy)

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Responsiveness 8/10

Likes:

With its low heel to toe drop and freedom around your ankle, the shoe does feel like a very nimble and speedy shoe. I don’t feel held back during those faster sections and my foot remains locked in the shoe without shifting during any quick turns or sudden stops.

Dislikes:

If the gradient is too steep descending and the surface flat I do get a slapping feeling (most likely due to the wider forefoot) as my foot hits the ground. A very minor dislike and a price I’m happy to pay for having a slightly wider toe box.

Grip 9/10 – Multi Terrain.

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Likes:

The PWRtrack outsole is designed to stick to wet rock, which in Scotland is pretty much every run!  The tread is great over most terrain with deep enough lugs that it can dig into a little mud but enough ground contact that on the hard ground you still keep enough traction. The lugs on the sole are directional meaning they give you grip on the heel for descents and grip on the forefoot/ toe for the ascents.

Dislikes:

The shoe cannot cope with deep mud as the lugs will clog up. This is not what the shoe is designed for but in Scotland, we get a fair bit of deep mud!

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Durability 7/10

Durability for shoes really depends a lot on the person running in them. I got 400+ miles out of my Peregrines.  The brand recommends about 500 but it depends heavily on the frequency of use and a few weeks of back to back sessions had my last pair wear through relatively quickly!

They are marked down in the score as my feet are wide and, despite Saucony having a slightly wider toe box, my little toe always wears a hole on the side before the cushioning is shot. I then use them until the cushioning is done… It’s just an extra drainage hole!

Price 9/10

Coming in at £109 RRP, they are reasonably priced for a great running shoe. The average price of a GOOD running shoe both trail and road is £115. I wish it were cheaper hence the missing point, but I can’t complain as it is in line with the competition and cheaper than some lower quality shoes on the market.

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Looks 6/10

This is the least important thing to consider when looking at shoes, though I’ll consider it in the scoring, nonetheless. They are not funky enough colours for me I’m afraid. I like bright colours and contrasting patterns. If I can get a size 12 bright pink pair it would be full marks!

Total = 47/60

There you have it, folks! A great multi-terrain trail shoe good for both long distance and the odd cheeky hill. Good lasting cushioning and sticky grip combined with a secure upper makes it a very enjoyable ride…shame it’s just not bright enough!

WHAT NEXT?

Thanks for checking out the review! Do you have a piece of kit you want me to review next? Let me know in the comments below and I will add it to the queue.

Love – Live – Run and get out and hit the trails!

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