Melanie Mitchell | February 7, 2020
The Saucony Peregrine is unique among trail running shoes when it comes to how it rides; it’s a versatile terrain option.
As one of the top trail running styles, shoe guru Brian Metzler reveals what’s to like about
the overhauled Saucony Peregrine 10.
The Saucony Peregrine has been one of the best-selling trail running shoes on the market for years, and with good reason. It’s comfortable, relatively light and nimble and performs well on a wide variety of terrain.
Peregrine is a neutral-inclined trail shoe with a low-to-the-ground feel with just the right mix of cushioning, traction and protection for almost any terrain.
Although the previous model of the Peregrine was a very good shoe, Saucony completely overhauled this year’s edition and came up with an even better version with enhanced grip, improved durability, a better fit and a smoother ride.
For 2020, this trail running staple has a new midsole, an improved upper and an updated sticky rubber outsole. Just like Saucony’s Mad River TR trail shoe that debuted last year, the Peregrine 10 now has a customizable outsole platform with 12 designated port holes to drill through for improved drainage if you frequently run in sloppy conditions or to add screws for enhanced winter traction on ice and snow.
The Saucony Peregrine fits snug and comfortable like a road running shoe, with a narrow heel cup and secure lock-down at the midfoot/saddle. The front of the trail running shoe is pretty compact, too, but because the new, semi-stretchy
engineered upper is free of overlays across the forefoot it allows toes to wiggle just enough to keep from feeling cramped. The thickly cushioned heel collar and tongue and moderately cushioned midsole serve up a plush step-in
feel that is appreciated out on the run.
Although the Saucony Peregrine is a midweight shoe, it tends to feel lighter than it is on the run, especially on more technical terrain. The ride of the Peregrine 10 is unique
among trail running shoes in that it rides smoothly and flexible on flat, feature-less trails but slightly more sturdy and aggressively while running over trail debris.
The Saucony Peregrine 10 is for runners who enjoy a few days a week running a wide variety of trails. It’s ideal for smooth, rolling dirt paths, moderately technical
routes with some rocks, roots, gravel and other obstacles and sloppy trails with a lot of mud and moisture.
This trail running shoe can hold its own on rugged routes, but our wear-testers thought it lacked sufficient
sidewall protection for all-day slogs on rocky mountain trails.
Pros: Saucony Peregrine 10
Saucony replaced the Everun foam in the midsole with its new, more responsive PWRRUN cushioning. As a result, the new Peregrine gives off a more energetic and protective feeling
under foot, especially when running at moderate to fast speeds.
A full-length, flexible, plastic rock plate provides ample protection against pointy rocks, roots and other irregularities on the surface of the trail without
inhibiting the ability of the foot to move nimbly.
The new FormFit upper has been designed to cradle the foot and provide more adaptive fit and more protection than the previous ISO Fit upper and closure system. Our
wear-testers found it especially effective for keeping the foot locked down to the shoe while running on undulating surfaces.
Cons: Saucony Peregrine 10
Although the Peregrine runs well on smooth dirt trails, the aggressive lugs aren’t conducive to running on paved roads or bike paths. It gives the shoe a bulky feeling and results
in a cumbersome ride.
It can still be used as a road-to-trail shoe if you start your trail runs on pavement, but it just won’t feel as smooth as it does on dirt.
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the
co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”