Bridging the gap between the Saucony Kinvara TR and Xodus, the Saucony Peregrine 2 features a low profile ride with enough underfoot protection for longer runs on technical terrain.
The Peregrine is the middle child in Saucony’s family of 4mm heel-to-toe offset trail shoes, which also consists of the Xodus and the Kinvara TR. As the middle child, it blends the low-to-the-ground feel of the Kinvara TR with the more substantial protection found in the Xodus. We found the result to be a versatile trail option.
The Peregrine’s upper feels substantial, with a tough overlay pattern that wraps the foot and offers a locked-down fit. The closed mesh upper material provides protection from the elements but as expected doesn’t offer a boatload of breathability; runners in colder climates have the added benefit of a bit extra warmth in this shoe.
The midsole of the Peregrine 2 offers up a moderate amount of cushioning; the shoe has a bit of bounce and responsiveness to it while maintaining a close to the ground feel. We think the Peregrine 2 is a great option for runners who want to get a little closer to the trail but still have a nicely protective platform underfoot. The rock plate does make the shoe a bit firmer, but stops poke-throughs and minimizes bruising.
All of our testers enjoyed the Peregrine 2’s outsole design, aggressively lugged for multi-directional traction on a wide range of terrain types. Though the Xodus is still our favorite for boot-like protection on the most demanding trails, the Peregrine is a winner for the runner looking for a low profile, yet versatile trail shoe that can perform like a champ on most terrain.
“Many minimal trail shoes don’t offer the protection for anything longer than 30k. The Peregrine 2 delivers a balance of cushioning and a fast, low profile feel for solid performance at longer races.”
“The added overlays provide a nice amount of additional support without getting in the way.”
“I would prefer a more open and flexible upper material for a more forgiving fit; however, this aggressive outsole is what I would want when running technical and rocky trails.”