It has been about 3 months since I used Saucony Peregrine 11 Trail Running shoes for the first time.
During this period I used two pairs, different only in color: Future Black and Future Blue.
Overall, I have collected about 500 km and 24,000 meters of altitude gain and loss.
Therefore, I think it is a good moment to generate this review, which aims to provide some personal impressions and technical details, in addition to the general features that can be easily found in internet or at the retailer.
As mentioned, in the last 3 months, I have used two pairs of Saucony Peregrine 11, in addition to other trail running shoes, different by brand, model and type.
When it comes to shoes, however, it is very important to give more information about the person wearing them. Therefore, for the analysis and the impressions in the following paragraphs take into account that in these months:
- My weight fluctuated between 65 and 68 Kg;
- My shoe size is EU43, UK9, US10;
- My motion control is neutral;
- Usually I wore Thyo socks;
- Usually I wore anklets, because of past/recent injuries;
Moreover, please consider that I have been practicing Trail-Running for about 10 years: My Trail Running Experience – Emigrantrailer | EmigranTrailer.
Saucony Peregrine 11
I started using the first pair in late April this year. After a few weeks, I decided to buy a second pair. This can be a good clue to understand that my overall judgement is positive.
I used them mainly for trail footpaths in Italy and Germany, alternating very technical routes with easier ones. The average distance of these workouts have always been less than 20 km and the shoes have really impressed me positively.
But, in the first part of 2021, my main goal was to return to Cortina d’Ampezzo after a few years and close an “open discussion” with the Lavaredo Ultra Trail (LUT), an ultra with about 120 km and 5800 m of elevation gain and loss.
Therefore in May I decided to test them directly in ultra races in preparation for the LUT:
- Ultrabericus (ITA) “Integrale” – 65 KM | EmigranTrailer
- Le Porte di Pietra (ITA) “Open” – 72 KM | EmigranTrailer
These two races were crucial tests to have an absolute understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of these shoes and to define the final strategy for the LUT: LUT-Lavaredo Ultra Trail (ITA)-120 KM | EmigranTrailer.
As consequence, these are my personal impressions and technical information. Other features can be easily find on internet or at the dealer: Saucony.
The shoes are very reactive and stable, in all type of terrain.
I really appreciated the grip in all conditions, whether dry, rocky or wet.
The drop is 4 mm, which is slightly less than I am used to, with which I really had no problem.
The weight is about 310 grams, a little bit more than other Trail-Running shoes I use. However, it seems to be a good balance with respect to its responsiveness and durability. The shoes are still in a good shape, even if I used several times in rocky and alpine conditions.
The top layer is quite light (probably to compensate for the weight provided by the bottom part), but this does not prevent to mantain a good protection for the foot. Moreover, it demonstrates so far a very good durability: I have not yet seen the damages in the area between the toe vamp and the toe tip, which are typical of my running style.
The lace system is a standard one, but I really appreciated the presence of the rubber band to lock the tied laces. It is a little detail, but very important for me, that sometimes is completely forgotten by other brands, which still use the standard laces.
The heel is very protected and it helped a lot in running over rocky paths.
The outsole is made of PWRTRAC rubber lugs, which is the basis for the high grip experimented on all the terrains.
The insole is provided by Formfit and I did not change it so far.
In my opinion, these shoes are perfect for short and medium distance trails (up to 50 km). In all my experiences, just above 50 km I began to feel the impact with the ground more strongly, as if the outsole or the insole were leaking for cushioning. Obviously this is manageable for the next few kilometers (as I did in my ultra races in May & June), but I would not recommend going much further.
Summary table and additional information
The following table summarizes the main impressions about these two pair of Saucony Peregrine 11 Trail Running shoes. Please use the link below in case you want to have a better reading of the table.
If you want more information or technical details related to this review, please do not hesitate to ask or comment below.
Last but not least, I hereby confirm that I have no personal or professional connections with Saucony. Everything I wrote, it is based on a transparent feedback of my experience, without any prejudices for or against.
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