Saucony Peregrine 11 review – Our favourite trail shoes of 2021

WE review the Saucony Peregrine 11s to see if they’re worth your hard earned cash.

Spoiler alert… we think they are.

It’s no surprise that trail running has surged in popularity since the outbreak of Covid 19; a sport that involves running around in remote areas is pretty much guaranteed to keep you more than two meters away from your fellow humans.

But whether you’ve long been a fan of pounding out the miles on uncertain terrain or you’re new to the trail running scene, we can all agree that a decent pair of trainers can make or break your day out.

Now, we’ll admit, we come at this piece with a bit of a bias. Living in central(ish) London, usually means that for every mile we run on grass, gravel or through the woods, we run another on hard tarmac to get there.

 Because of this, what we look for in trail shoes might be a little different to someone who’s running on nothing but dirt and undergrowth for a couple of hours at a time. We prefer a trainer that’s just as adept at hitting the roads as it is churning up mud, which, luckily for us, the Saucony Peregrine 11s are.

We’ve always found that some of the more ‘hardcore’ trail shoes can be a bit uncomfortable for long stretches of road running as the footplate is pretty unforgiving and doesn’t do much for cushioning impact. No such worries with the Peregrine 11s which, in typical Saucony style, feel pleasantly spongy when you put them on, but without feeling insecure when you pick up the pace on the tarmac. They’re grippy too, with plenty of tread on the sole to give you traction whatever you’re running on.

We used a few pairs of Saucony road shoes over the years and one of the drawbacks for their comfort is they’re typically heavier than rival manufacturers’, but at 310 grams, the Peregrine 11s are pretty middle of the road for weight. There’s lighter shoes out there, Inov8 trail models, for instance, frequently dip under 300g, but there’s plenty of heavier brands too.

For our money, we think the Peregrine 11s look good. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you’re tired of understated running shoes when you're lacing up, you may have found a match with these. There’s two bright colour schemes to pick from (which we tested) as well as a more subdued palette if you prefer to let your Strava times do the talking.

Saucony Peregrine 11s: The verdict

No surprises here: we love the Peregrine 11s. They’re a pair of trail shoes that can be used on the tarmac as much as you need without sacrificing performance on the rough stuff. Hardcore runners may opt may opt for a more lightweight design with some more substantial hardware on the soles. But for runners who like to mix the rough with the smooth, the Peregrine 11s are an easy choice.

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