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Be nimble and light on your feet in the Saucony Peregrine. With a heel height lower than the standard trail shoe and with a less inclined midsole, the Peregrine helps ensure stable footing, in a light, responsive package. The multi-directional tread provides excellent traction and a gusset tongue helps keep out debris.

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Weight: 9.7 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (23mm), Forefoot (19mm) 

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel:  Narrow to medium
  • Mid-foot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: February 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown


The Peregrine is a moderate feature neutral trail shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-shape curve.


  • Heel ProGrid Lite is a foam grid like piece that sits under the heel and is designed to absorb heel strike energy.
  • SSL EVA is Saucony's premium midsole material that is designed to maximize rebound and durability while minimizing weight. SSL stands for Saucony Super Lite.
  • Memory Foam Heel Pods help reduce the force of impact placed on the runner.
  • HRC Strobel Board is full length and is a High Rebound Compound that increases cushioning and step-in comfort.
  • Premium Sockliner is a breathable, moisture wicking, anti odor and anti microbial Ortholite insole that provides improved step-in comfort with rebound properties.
  • Gussetted Tongue is intended to prevent debris from entering the shoe.
  • Hydrator Collar Lining cups the heel and is designed to provide next-to-skin comfort and maximize wicking.
  • EVA Pads are located on the tongue of the shoe to prevent lacebite.
  • Gaiter Compatible
  • XT-900 is located along the perimeter of the outsole and is a carbon rubber material that increases traction without sacrificing durability.
  • External Bedrock Outsole (EBO) is sandwiched between the outsole and midsole and is designed to protect the foot from rocks.
  • High Traction Rubber is a sticky rubber compound that provides amazing traction and grip.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I'm disappointed (134 lbs; flat, narrow feet). Shoe feels somehow dead.  Maybe it's the very stiff midsole which also provides almost no damping and energy return. The tongue is to short. The mid foot is not locked down well. Using the "Loop lacing" method to lock down the foot in the heel cut in the ankles because the eyelets at the ankle are to far back. May be it's a good shoe, but not for me.
From: Marcel, Zürich, Switzerland

Comments: Just completed an 8 mile trail run in these straight out of the box - perfect for me.  Ideal fit, feel, and cushioning.  I'm not the average runner - 6ft, 205lb, muscular build, neutral gait, midfoot striker - but these shoes are just what I was looking for.  Hopefully the Peregrine 2 will be just as good now that these are discontinued.
From: Sean, Wakefield, MA, USA

Comments: In my area the trails are sticky dirt/mud and rock. This shoe handles them perfectly uphill and down. The fit, like others have noticed, is similar to the Kinvara.  Of course, it's a little bit more stiff than the Kinvara, to protect from rocks and sticks. Overall, great traction and the lower heel drop is ideal for trail running. Makes me feel more stable on shaky footing. Also, keeps you on your toes to power up hills. Unlike some hybrid trail shoes, this shoe is truly for off road. It's too stiff and aggressive in tread for much use on concrete.
From: Nate, Des Moines, IA USA

Comments: I've had 2 pair of these and they have been very comfortable on the trails. Ran a 50k in the first pair with only about 10 miles on them before the event and feet felt great. The shoes grip really well on wet rocks, dry trails and are good for climbing. Some mud pits are impossible to navigate without slipping. the low profile ride is nice, with enough cushion when landing heel first when getting tired. The trails here are rooted, a little rocky and muddy. My feet stay wet most of the time and runs are typically 13-20 miles. The biggest problem is durability of the upper. The first pair lasted about 185 miles and started to rip on the toes. The webbing pulled away from the rest of the shoe on the sides. They were unwearable at 195 miles. The second pair lasted almost 200 miles on the same trails, but the toes and both sides of the toebox split from the sole. Really disappointing. It gets expensive replacing shoes every 6 weeks. I'm 188 pounds and have fairly good footwork going up and down, side to side. I still have all of my toenails. If you want a good ride and good grip, these are the shoes to have. But if value is your thing, the Peregrine is terrible.   
From: Mark, Peninsula, OH  USA

Comments: Just had my second trail run in these yesterday (14.5 miles) and I am still very happy with them! At first I was concerned since these are much less flexible than the Kinvaras I run a majority of my road miles in. Fortunately this doesn't seem to affect my comfort on the trails. The sockliner is much more plush than in the Kinvara, which is welcome. My only gripe is that I get a little of soreness midfoot on rougher trails. I'm guessing is from the rockplate taking away a little bit of cushioning. As far as grip goes, these are amazing! I've gone up and down some serious inclines and have never felt any slippage. Overall, these shoes are great for the trails, but don't expect it to feel just like the Kinvara.
From: Nick, Tampa, FL

Comments:  Ran the vt 50 in the peregrines with no problem. Very comfortable shoe. I'm 5'6" 135. I was running in the Inovate roc-lites 295. The peregrines is a much more cushion shoe   
From: Marty, Hubbardston MA.

Comments: @Mark:  I love these shoes for trail running in general.  The outsoles have clogged with mud on wet trails for me as well.  I much prefer the Xodus outsole.  That sheds mud like no other.
From: Tom, Mill Valley, CA, USA

Comments: I've been wearing this same shoe in the blue color, but there is something slightly different in the manufacturing of this black/orange color - the shoes gave me a massive blister.
From: Anonymous

Comments: I really want to like these shoes. I've been wearing Inov-8 f-lite, but started looking for something with a bit more cushioning after my feet took a pounding on a 25k a few weeks back. I've taken the Peregrine's out 2x now. Both times were after a bit of rain. The tread of the shoes almost immediately filled with wet dirt. It honestly felt like I had just added a pound to each foot. Also, the shoes are quite a bit stiffer than the Inov-8 shoes. It felt a bit constricting. The were great coming downhill. Absorbed a lot of the impact that I typically feel in the Inov-8's. Anyone else have similar issues? 
From: Mark, San Jose, CA

Comments: I have raced in the Peregrines and in the MT101s, and they definitely feel different.  Both feel fast due to the light weight and have good toe protection.  The Peregrines don't slide around, especially in mud, which is a problem I've had in the MT101s.  On the other hand, the soles of my feet get beat up in the Peregrines when running on really rocky trails.  And while the heel-to-toe drop is lower in the Peregrines than in the MT101s, it feels like the Peregrine is higher off the ground than the MT101s.  In fact, the MT101s seem more "connected" to the terrain.  In terms of ground feel, the Peregrines seem to be in between the feel I get in the MT101s and the (lack of) feel that I get in my Kinvaras.
From: Brad, Charlotte, NC, US

Comments: I love the Peregrines. I am 5' 10" and 205lbs with a neutral gait. I have not had any of the problem that Gus had.  I just did my first 50k yesterday(April 16th) and they performed phenomenally. I run sockless and did not have a single issue. My feet were continually wet because of all the stream crossing and mud through out the course. But the water drains immediately and no grit got into my shoes. The tread was extremely helpful when climbing ascents where i had to use my hands to get to the top.  Only thing I can complain about is the insoles will bunch up after a while, but that is very minor.
From: Jacob, Williamson, GA, USA

Comments: I bought these in the retail shop of Running Warehouse in SLO. My road shoes are the Kinvara, so I was hoping for a similar fit to replace my Xodus trail shoes. The toe box is roomy, even though it looks pointy, so the fit is similar to the Kinvara. Massive treads on the outsole aren't as flexible as the Kinvara, but don't seem harsh. Upper material is very plush, could definitely wear these sockless. I like this upper material way more than the Kinvara. I first did some 3-4 mile treadmill runs to loosen them up then took them for a hard 10 mile trail run.  Lots of hills and rocky singletrack with some asphalt as well (Marin County, Dipsea trail and such). The traction is awesome, didn't slip once on wet rocks and tracked through thick mud very well. They feel responsive to me, but not so much a minimalist shoe. More of a performance trainer. I'm used to the 4mm drop and I prefer this on the trails. Seems to keep me 'on my toes' for better agility on technical trails. Had to do about 1-1.5 miles on asphalt, which felt fine. I think these wouldn't be too bad as a road shoe, but maybe a bit rough until the tread breaks in.
From: Tom, Mill Valley, CA, USA

Comments: I gave these shoes a shot. The lure of a slightly lower weight, tight weave mesh upper, and good tread got my attention. The shoe is well made, the tongue stays in place, no seams inside the shoe which rub - great quality. For me, the ride felt dull and not lively: I think I am not a low heel fan. Also, I think the Saucony arch is high and fairly far forward...(?) After about 23 minutes of up hill running, my arches started hurting and I turned around to head back down. I didn't have this issue with the New Balance MT101. Those shoes are even lighter, but more wobbly. I'm currently using Salomon XT wings S Lab and the XT Wings 2. Neutral gait, 155lbs, love hills.
From: Gus, Salinas, CA, USA