Saucony Peregrine 11 Trail Runners Review

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The Saucony Peregrine 11 is a moderately cushioned trail running shoe designed for rugged trails that also makes an excellent hiking and backpacking shoe for mountainous terrain. It has a large toe box so your toes can splay out for added comfort with a mesh upper for enhanced breathability. Large lugs provide fantastic traction, even on sloping wet rock, while a front rock plate helps protect your feet from sharp rocks and roots. With a drop height of 4mm, the Peregrine is a very stable shoe that helps prevent ankle rolls and is easy to transition to.

Specs at a Glance

  • Best use: Trail running, hiking
  • Cushion: Moderate
  • Drop: 4mm
  • Stack Height: 27mm, 23mm
  • Rock Plate: Yes
  • Footwear Height: ankle
  • Footwear Closure: lace-up
  • Midsole: EVA
  • Gaiter Trap: No
  • Weight: 1 lb 5.6 oz/pair
  • Available in Wide: No
  • Fit: True to size
  • Break-in Period: None. Wearable right out of the box.
Mesh uppers provide good drainage with a wide toe box
Mesh uppers provide good drainage with a wide toe box.

The Saucony Peregrine 11 is a moderately cushioned trail running shoe that provides excellent foot protection and traction on wet and muddy trails in mountainous terrain without a reduction in agility or stability. They have a wide toe box so your toes can relax and splay out. Mesh uppers enhance breathability and drainage, but they have a lightweight interior liner that prevents sand and grit from getting inside. The low stack height is good for stability and trail feel, while a rock plate protects your feet from feeling sharp rocks and roots underfoot.

The Peregrine 11’s have a 4mm drop with a 27mm-23mm stack height
The Peregrine 11’s have a 4mm drop with a 27mm-23mm stack height,

The Peregrines have good forefoot protection with a front rubber toe kick and TPU sidewalls that extend down the sides of the shoe to the heels. The heel is fairly rigid to cup your heel, with an elastic heel strap that makes it easy to get the shoes on. The tongue is lightly padded without being too bulky. Multiple lacing positions are available so you can customize the fit, along with a front elastic strap to hold your laces in place so they don’t flop around. While there isn’t a gaiter trap on the heel, there is a metal ring above the toes to attach a front gaiter hook.

While these Peregrine 11’s have a lot going for them, the standout feature I like the best is this shoe’s traction on rock, particularly wet angled rock, since we have so much of it where I hike. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going up or down, the soft chevron-shaped lugs on the Peregrine 11 mold around the nooks and crannies on the surface of slabs and boulders making it easy to scramble in mountainous terrain without taking a spill.

The Chevron-shaped rubber gloves provide excellent traction on dry and wet rock.
The Chevron-shaped rubber gloves provide excellent traction on dry and wet rock.

For winter use, there are places in the sole for adding hex screw inserts for added traction on ice and snow and points for drilling added drainage holes. I don’t plan to use them but it is a feature of the shoes. I wear insulated waterproof boots in winter because our winter hikes are usually quite long and I need the added protection of an insulated boot.

Overall, I’m very pleased with these Saucony Peregrine 11 trail runners and they’ve replaced the La Sportiva Ultra Raptors I’ve been wearing for close to a decade. I’ve been having some foot and ankle issues pain this summer that’s made it tough to hike more than 10 miles a day without debilitating pain.

The Saucony Peregrine 11 provides great traction on wet sloping rock.
The Saucony Peregrine 11 provides great traction on wet sloping rock.

However, since switching to these Saucony Peregrine 11’s, my ankle pain has completely disappeared and my metatarsal pain has diminished significantly. I suspect that the Peregrine’s increased cushioning, lower drop, and wide toebox is the reason my symptoms have eased, but it’s hard to credit any one feature for sure. Still, I really like these trail runners and plan to keep using them for a while.

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Last updated: 2021-09-06 16:30:48

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