Shoe Review: Saucony Peregrine 5

Weight: 241g (Women’s size 9) 272g (men’s)

Heel – Toe Offset: 4mm

Class: Neutral Trail

Cost: AU$179.95

 

My current trail shoe of choice is the Saucony Peregrine. I have a couple of pairs. The pink ones (pictured) are the Peregrine 4’s.

I have noticed quite a few other runners in this shoe lately too, including Richard.

There is not a great difference between the Peregrine 4’s and the 5’s.

The 5’s are a tiny bit heavier than the 4’s, due to a couple of changes in materials used (upper, base plate and toe bumper) but I honestly did not notice. The 5’s also feel slightly roomier, and have different laces and lace holes, but if you loved the 4’s, you will love the 5’s too.

The shoe feels great on. It is quite firm, but I personally feel slow in soft shoes, so I like the firm feeling. I tested it out over 17km on wet pavement and did not have any issues with the firmness of the shoe.

I have also tested it out over long trails, and in the snow.

Testing the Peregrine on hard packed snow.
Testing the Peregrine on hard packed snow.

In Whistler, Pip and I went on numerous runs in the hard packed  snow, ice and slush, and the shoe performed well. It provided great traction thanks to the aggressive tread pattern.

The shoe performed well in the snow.
The shoe performed well in the snow.

When running downhill sections of Mt Sugarloaf trails recently, I felt my feet were sliding forward into my shoe causing my toes to become squashed and sore. I switched to a lock-laced pattern of lacing to hold my foot back in the shoe, and it has worked a treat. My foot does not slide forward when I run downhill anymore, and the extra toe room allows my toes to splay wide, creating a greater feeling of stability and increasing my confidence at running downhill.

I wore these shoes recently in the 6 Foot Track Marathon too, which is the largest 100% off-road running event in Australia. At 45km long, it is also a net downhill course, and these shoes performed great. The 6 Foot Track marathon also includes a few creek crossings, and I thought the shoes did a good job at shedding the excess water, and not remaining too wet.

Peregrines get wet in the 6 Foot Track Trail Marathon.
Peregrines get wet in the 6 Foot Track Trail Marathon.

I plan on wearing this shoe in the upcoming North Face 100km event too.

I think this shoe offers a great combination of stability, comfort and traction, and performs well on a variety of surfaces, from dirt and rock to ice and snow. It is a great all-round trail shoe, but due to the stiffness of the midsole is probably not the best choice for running on roads or paved surfaces.

His n Hers trail shoes.
His n Hers trail shoes.

 

 

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