Review: Saucony Peregrine 11

Written by

Henry Howard

Ultra runner and certified running coach.

This expert review is written by

Henry Howard

Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Henry Howard has come a long way since a teacher called him "molasses" during a fifth-grade track and field event.

Now living and running in Indiana, he has completed more than a dozen marathons and is a regular age-grouper in shorter distances.

Weight

We usually consider 10 ounces a "medium" weight for a running shoe: less than 10 and we are entering the lightweight category and above 10 the shoes start to be heavy.

Heel-to-toe drop

Heel drop is the measurement in mm of the difference between the height of the heel and the toe of the sole.

A lower drop (0mm - 5mm) promotes running on mid-foot and fore-foot, while higher drops (8mm - 12mm) are more traditional and meant to support a heel-striking gait.
Expert score
6/10

Expert Review: Saucony Peregrine 11

Quick overview

Best for
Regular training
Terrain
Best for moderate trails, technical trails, muddy areas
Grip
The Peregrine 11 provides good traction on most types of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Average Traction
Provide Traction
Cushioning
The Peregrine 11 offers just the right amount of cushioning
Little cushioning
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned
Weight

11

 oz
312 g
Heel to toe drop
Drop

4

 mm

Pros and cons according to our running expert

Pros and cons according to our running expert

  • Superior protection makes for a durable shoe
  • Solid mix of stability and moderate speed
  • Decent amount of cushioning
  • Saucony did not improve the tightness in the heel, leading to soreness in my foot again. Your results may differ
  • Lugs do not grip moderate to heavy snow, ice or mud very well
  • Slightly heavier than previous version

Our verdict

The Saucony Peregrine 11, after undergoing some updates in its previous version, is left largely in tact and remains a popular choice for many trail runners.

It is durable and offers great protection, yet its overzealous firmness does not work well for me.

Introduction Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Pair

Saucony Peregrine 11 – Pair

The Saucony Peregrine 11 is the latest in a long line of coveted shoes for many trail runners. The 11th edition of the Peregrine did not make many changes, which for most of its fans is a good thing.

Cushioning Type
The Peregrine 11 is more responsive than... Read more plush: provides energy return and some shock
Responsive
Plush
Cushioning Amount
The Peregrine 11 offers just the right amount... Read more of cushioning
Little cushioning
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
The Peregrine 11 is quite rigid and does not... Read more flex easily
Rigid
Flexible
Stability
The Peregrine 11 offers great stability for... Read more runners who needs the most support for
Not particularly stable
Very stable

Impressions Saucony Peregrine 11

A year ago, I reviewed the 10th version, which Saucony did make some enhancements to.

Among the changes for the 11th was an increase in weight (now 11.6 ounces for men’s size 10; 9.6 ounces for women).

The positive changes from the updates to the 10th were still in play. Among them: Saucony retooled the forefoot which improved the shoe’s grip and added a strong rock plate.

The Peregrines also benefitted from Saucony’s PWRRUN cushioning. While these shoes still lack the responsiveness of lighter, speedier trail shoes, this addition was welcome.

One welcome change for me would be to redesign the heel area. Saucony uses a FormFit upper to protect and secure the foot.

However, that creates a very tight heel fit, retriggering heel pain and soreness for me immediately during and throughout the testing period.

While your results may differ, if you have had heel or ankle issues in the past, I would not recommend the Peregrines.

I would also not recommend it for gnarly mountain runs. Like its predecessors, the Peregrine lacks sufficient protection for such adventures and is better suited for mild to moderate trails.

Protection Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Toe

Saucony Peregrine 11 – Toe

The biggest and most notable update is a new upper that appears to be more durable and protective than previous ones. The shoe does work well to protect the foot while out on the trails.

Banging into rocks, roots and other trail matter did not seem to phase the Peregrines.

Again, the heel is built to be tight and secure for protection. But it may be too much for some runners, depending on your feet, natural gait and other individual factors.

Rockplate
The rock plate in the Peregrine 11 provides... Read more great protection from sharp rocks on the
Not present
Solid protection
Lugs
The Peregrine 11 provides good traction on... Read more most types of terrains and surfaces
Lack Traction
Provide Traction
Water resistance
The Peregrine 11 provides a decent protection... Read more from splashes and puddles
Poor
Water Resistant

Durability Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Lateral Side

Saucony Peregrine 11 – Lateral Side

The Peregrine 11 did not show noticeable wear or tear after my 50 miles of test runs that were mostly on snowy, icy and muddy lightly technical trails and a high school cross-country course.

Saucony did tinker, adding a new durable ultralight exterior over air mesh to the upper. It is a barely noticeable change from previous models. To me, the change was not significant.

The 5mm lugs did struggle in the heavy snow and ice. I found myself slipping more so than unusual during these testing runs.

That said when there was just a light layer of snow on the trail, the Peregrines held their own.

The lugs should provide decent durability as long as the runner doesn’t take them into rocky areas or use them for roads-to-trails.

Responsiveness & Speed Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Sole

Saucony Peregrine 11 – Sole

The Peregrines don’t come across as a bundle of energy. I would consider them very average in this category.

Since most of my testing of this model was on snowy, muddy and icy trails, I had few opportunities to test the actual speed.

But since the changes Saucony implemented for the 11s should not directly affect the shoe’s responsiveness, I’ll rely on my impressions from the 10s.

In my review of that model, I wrote, “The Peregrine 10 offer more responsiveness on trails as compared to previous models.

During speedwork such as strides, I was able to get good turnover and maneuver quickly down the trails.”

My experience tells me that there are limitations, however.

For races or training runs pushing past a half marathon or 20-miler, especially when the runner feels the need for speed, I would recommend other options that are better built for speed.

Comfort and Fit Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Lateral Side

Saucony Peregrine 11 – Lateral Side

The Peregrine’s fit is very snug, so runners might want to consider sizing up. The narrow heel cup and overall protection make it a pretty tight shoe.

But if you are willing to sacrifice some comfort for added protection, you will have no issue with the Peregrines.

Saucony added a few changes here too. Among them: an added lace eyelet for better lacing with slightly better security and thicker padding in the tongue.

I believe these are the changes that accounted for the increase in weight penalty, which does not seem to be wise to me.

The toe box can be considered average, not too loose and not too tight. The moderate midsole cushioning is supported by a flexible rock plate, which debuted with the 10s.

Sizing
The Peregrine 11 fits a little small: buy... Read more half a size bigger than usual
Buy size smaller
Buy size bigger

Conclusion Saucony Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 - Heel

Saucony Peregrine 11 – Heel

To me it really comes down to one’s comfort level, literally, with the Saucony Peregrine. The 11th version has few updates to note.

The 10th iteration did bring notable improvements, and fans of the trail shoe would be just as happy with this latest edition.

For those who prefer other types of running shoes, there’s not enough changes here to change your mind.

And, as noted earlier, if you are susceptible to heel and ankle injuries, I would not recommend the Peregrines.

If you have not tried the Peregrines before, consider your intentions with the shoes.

If you are looking for an everyday trainer, it’s definitely a good option.

If you are looking to go fast in a trail race up to a marathon, a lighter shoe would be much better.

If you are looking to explore highly technical terrain or run in the mountains, a shoe with a better grip would be much more useful.

If you are looking for a roads-to-trails option, I’d be concerned about the tight heel and hitting the pavement too hard.

For me, better options come to mind for each of those scenarios. Among the options that are competitors with the Peregrine is the Hoka One One Torrent 2.

I have found the lighter Torrent has an advantage over the Peregrines in pretty much every single important aspect of trail running.

I realize that Hokas are not for everyone. So if you have found success with the Peregrines, you will undoubtedly like the 11th version.

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Matt James

I run 20 - 40km per week, I use them primarily for running
This shoe is fantastic. Completely puzzled at the 6/10 expert review. I bought these to replace a worn pair of Terra Kiger 4s, and while these are heavier and... Read more bigger, they are super pleasant on trails. I have moderately wide feet and high arch. Completely puzzled by 6/10 expert review. This shoe is a winner for me. Didn't

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I run 0 - 20km per week, I use them primarily for running
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