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Saucony Peregrine 7 Review

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Pros:  Insane traction, good balance between sensitivity and protection
Cons:  Seams in the heel cup cause blisters, different fit than people are used to
Bottom line:  Super aggressive traction make this shoe suitable for the gnarliest of conditions.
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Manufacturer:   Saucony

Our Verdict

The Peregrine 7 proved to be a comfortable shoe that balances sensitivity and underfoot protection. Light and breathable in the upper, the PWRTRAC outsole is aggressive and provided top traction compared to the other contenders. The shoe is slightly wider in the toe box than previous versions and is not as stiff through the midsole as we are used to when we think of the Peregrine. Unfortunately, due to the pattern of sewn seams on the inside of the heel, numerous issues with heel blisters have been reported, although of course, this hasn't happened to everyone. Overall, we think this is one of the better shoes that we tested, and one that we are happy to wear under any circumstances, although not quite as good compared to the competition as previous versions of the shoe.

Product Update - April 2017
The latest version in this line from Saucony is the Peregrine 7, which is pictured above. Succeeding the Peregrine 6, this latest version's main differences come in the design of the topsole. See the side-by-side comparison below for more.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Andy Wellman
Senior Review Editor
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The Peregrine 7 vs. the Peregrine 6


Saucony confirmed with us that the new Peregrine 7's incorporates their proprietary EVERUN topsole. They claim this shoe is now more responsive and allows for strong takeoffs and smooth landings. The exterior design of the heel was also modified, while the price didn't change. Check out the side-by-side photos below, with the Peregrine 7 displayed on the left, followed by a summary of key changes made to the latest version.

Saucony Peregrine 6
 
  • EVERUN Topsole — The main change in the updated version lies in the new topsole construction. This proprietary topsole is touted by Saucony to provide better cushioning, increase energy return, and lead to a more responsive and livelier shoe.
  • Heel Support — Saucony modified the exterior of the heel in hopes to improve support and lockdown a snug fit.
  • New Look — The graphics and colors were updated, as is par for the course in product upgrades. The Peregrine 7 is available in two color sets; gray/black/lime and red/orange/black.

We just sent our lead tester a pair of the Peregrine 7's. Until the review on the latest version is published, the text below continues to reflect the previous Peregrine 6.

Hands-On Review of the Peregrine 6


In previous years we have awarded the Peregrine our Editors' Choice Award as well as our Best Buy Award. Compared to the competition, however, we didn't feel that this new remake of the Peregrine 6 was as good as the The North Face Ultra Endurance. We still like this shoe a lot, and feel like it is one of the better ones in the review, but not the very best.

For those familiar with the Peregrine 5, we want to detail the ways in which the shoe has changed. The most notable change is the outsole traction, which now features lots of very aggressive lugs in a multi-directional pattern that is completely different than the old outsole. We also found this sole to be made of stickier rubber than the hard carbon rubber of the older soles. The upper mesh is lighter and breathes better, but has a smaller toe bumper and allows in a lot of dust. The shoe is slightly wider than the narrow Peregrine 5, and also a smidge longer. One of the main complaints is that the heel cup has been changed, and sewn seams along the inside of the heel have caused blisters in numerous internet accounts. It seems as if only a small percentage of people are dealing with this problem, and for those that do, they seem to get resolved after a break in period.

Performance Comparison


These shoes underwent a serious make-over from the previous popular versions. A lighter and more breathable upper  much more aggressive outsole tread  more supple and sensitive feel  and wider forefoot are the most notable differences in this years offering.
These shoes underwent a serious make-over from the previous popular versions. A lighter and more breathable upper, much more aggressive outsole tread, more supple and sensitive feel, and wider forefoot are the most notable differences in this years offering.

Foot Protection


We awarded this shoe 7 out of 10 points for protection, comparable to the Salomon Speedcross 4 and the New Balance Leadville v3. It is not as stiff underfoot as the old versions of the shoe, although it does still feature the same mid-foot rock plate. With the added flexibility, comes a newfound balance between protection and sensitivity, two attributes that usually function at odds with each other. This shoe has adequate protection for the bottom of the foot while still maintaining good sensitivity. The upper is a bit lacking in protection, however, as the size and protectiveness of the toe bumper has shrunk, and the very minimal TPU film overlays do little to protect the sides of the feet or the lightweight mesh upper material.

Traction


The outsole traction is the most notable change to this shoe. It is simply intense to look at! Luckily, it performs as well as it seems like it should. While we thought the design of lugs and spacing was slightly more effective on the Salomon Speedcross 4, we never-the-less gave this shoe 9 out of 10 points, and feel like it was on par with the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 4 and the Montrail Caldorado for excellent traction. The lugs are deep, there are a ton of them, and their multi-directional arrangement grips on any type of surface. They are soft enough to be really sticky, and hard enough to be durable and not rip off, a feature we tested extensively by taking them through miles of sharp granite talus and scrambling on an ascent of Ice Mountain in the Sawatch Range of Colorado. Simply put, we can't help but love the traction on these shoes.

The outsole on the last three models of Peregrines. While the sole remained essentially unchanged from the 4 (right) to the 5 (center)  there is an obvious drastic difference in the new 6 (left). While the EBO rockplate visible beneath the outsole appears to be the same  the 6's are far more supple underfoot than the older models  which felt quite hard. Despite having the huge aggressive lugs  the outsole of the 6's proved to be quite durable.
The outsole on the last three models of Peregrines. While the sole remained essentially unchanged from the 4 (right) to the 5 (center), there is an obvious drastic difference in the new 6 (left). While the EBO rockplate visible beneath the outsole appears to be the same, the 6's are far more supple underfoot than the older models, which felt quite hard. Despite having the huge aggressive lugs, the outsole of the 6's proved to be quite durable.

Stability


With a 4mm heel-toe drop and a relatively low stack height, these shoes are fairly stable. Compared to the competition, though, we found them to be about average, on par with the Mizuno Wave Hayate 2 or the Brooks Cascadia 11. There is nothing inherently unstable about them, but when we put one shoe on one foot and a different shoe, we just noticed that it wasn't quite as stable on off-camber terrain as the competition.

The Peregrine 6 (left) received a large make-over compared to the previous version (right). The heel cup feels the same  however  the pull tab is now gone.
The Peregrine 6 (left) received a large make-over compared to the previous version (right). The heel cup feels the same, however, the pull tab is now gone.

Comfort


In the opinion of our head tester and others that we had test the shoe, this is one incredibly comfortable design. The wide toe box improves the comfort level, and the upper does a great job of holding the foot snugly in place, cushioned on all sides by great ankle padding. However, the norm these days for the inside of uppers is no sewn seams that can rub and create hot spots, and unfortunately, with a newly redesigned heel, Saucony included two vertical seams in the fabric right over the heel that create little ridges.

Read customer reviews online and you will hear a whole lot of people complaining of heel blisters, something that just doesn't happen much these days with the high quality of trail running shoe design. Our head tester for our women's review got blisters from these shoes, as did another female friend who ordered a fresh pair at the same time. It is worth noting that both of these women ended up loving their Peregrine 7's after they broke them in for a while, and customer reviewers seem to mostly agree. But still, the standard has long been set that trail running shoes should need no break in, and should be perfect out of the box. Hopefully this is an error that will be fixed in the next edition.

Despite the cairns  there's clearly no trail to be found anymore. The way to the top of Ice Mountain in the Sawatch Range of Colorado is through a huge boulderfield of moving talus. Paulo Wellman testing the Peregrine 6's remarked numerous times how comfortable they were.
Despite the cairns, there's clearly no trail to be found anymore. The way to the top of Ice Mountain in the Sawatch Range of Colorado is through a huge boulderfield of moving talus. Paulo Wellman testing the Peregrine 6's remarked numerous times how comfortable they were.

Weight


These light shoes weighed only 21 ounces for a pair of Men's size 11 fresh out of the box. That is among the lightest in the review, roughly comparable to the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3. When it comes to running shoes, it is our belief that light is right, so we love that these shoes didn't gain any weight from last edition.

Sensitivity


Like we mentioned above, one of the great qualities of this shoe is the balance it strikes between sensitivity and underfoot protection. Even with a mid-foot rock plate, the midsole of this shoe is flexible and it retains a good amount of sensitivity. We awarded it 8 out of 10 points, roughly similar to the Altra Superior 3.0, but not nearly as sensitive as the highest scorer in this category, the La Sportiva Helios 2.0.

The Full Moon trail is a rarely traveled old mining trail above Ironton in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It is steep  loose dirt that was a perfect testing ground for the aggressive lugs on the new Peregrine 6 shoes.
The Full Moon trail is a rarely traveled old mining trail above Ironton in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It is steep, loose dirt that was a perfect testing ground for the aggressive lugs on the new Peregrine 6 shoes.

Best Applications


Although its low 4mm heel-toe drop places it in the low-profile category, we feel like this shoe behaves more like an everyday trainer, and is good for virtually any excursion. We think it is certainly protective enough to handle ultra runs, and we also liked how the protection and grip of the sole make it a good scrambler or peak bagger.

May in Colorado is a time of many opportunities. While snow still remains on the Red Mountains in the background  the grassy trails of Ironton Park  around 10 000 feet elevation  are ready for running.
May in Colorado is a time of many opportunities. While snow still remains on the Red Mountains in the background, the grassy trails of Ironton Park, around 10,000 feet elevation, are ready for running.

Value


These will set you back $120, a price that is about average for a quality pair of trail running shoes. As one of the better performing shoes in this review, we feel like they present a good value for the price. It is worth noting that if you should have problems with the fit or comfort level, Saucony will take the shoes back and help replace them for you, making this a low-risk purchase.

Conclusion


The Saucony Peregrine has long been one of our favorite lines of trail running shoes, one we have bestowed numerous awards upon over the years. This year the shoe underwent quite an overhaul. While we still think there is a lot to love about this shoe, we can no longer call it the very best of the bunch. Still, few shoes do such a good job of melding trail feel with the protection of the rock plate, and the new outsole is both incredibly grippy and durable. These are a pair of shoes worthy of any running mission.

Paulo Wellman testing the grip and traction of the aggressively lugged Peregine 6's on steep loose granite found on the north ridge of Ice Mountain in the Sawatch Range of Colorado. The low-profile nature of this shoe made it a great choice for this steep scrambling.
Paulo Wellman testing the grip and traction of the aggressively lugged Peregine 6's on steep loose granite found on the north ridge of Ice Mountain in the Sawatch Range of Colorado. The low-profile nature of this shoe made it a great choice for this steep scrambling.

Other Versions and Accessories


Saucony Peregrine 6
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   Sep 27, 2016 - 08:16pm
livingEZ · Hiker · Chapel Hill
My Saucony Peregrine 5 shoes died last month (ripped a big whole in the middle of the uppers scrambling over some rocks). Saucony was awesome and sent me a brand new pair of the 6!

I find them incredibly comfortable and stable while still allowing a lot of flexibility. I like the traction, the low drop, and the way they look. Completely satisfied!

I haven't noticed the seam this review mentions.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Sep 9, 2016 - 07:10am
DRB · Runner · Buffalo, NY
These are the best trail shoes that I have ever run in. They feel light and agile, with just enough cushioning, flexibility and ground feel, and the traction is better than my Speed Cross 3. I have not experienced any issues with the heel as mentioned in this review. For me, they were a straight out of the box success. I run rocky, root-covered, Northeast trails and they've held up to all of my summer miles. The only issue that I've had with them was the toe guard coming unglued but that was an easy fix with Shoe Goo (plus, I'm sure my tendency to slam my foot into the aforementioned roots and rocks had more to do with this happening than a flaw in the shoe). All told, this is an awesome trail shoe that I would highly recommend.

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