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Saucony Peregrine Minimalist Trail Shoe Review from Tridudes

Update 6/15/2011: Just posted my own full review of the Saucony Peregrine.

As I have posted previously here on Runblogger, the Saucony Peregrine is a lightweight, 4mm drop trail shoe set to be released in early 2011. Details about the shoe have been hard to come by, but a reader (thanks Spyros!) recently passed along a link to a video review of the Peregrine by Tridudes. Thought I’d share (see below) – looks like a potentially solid competitor to the New Balance 101 (which I just broke down and purchased after hearing so many positive things – first trail run in them was excellent!) and soon to arrive New Balance Minimus Trail in the lightweight, low-drop trail shoe category. With Merrell also set to release their Merrell Barefoot line of zero-drop trail shoes, next year looks to be an exciting one for minimalist trail runners!


Saucony Peregrine Trail Shoe

Here’s the Saucony Peregrine review from Tridudes:

Update 6/15/2011: Just posted my own full review of the Saucony Peregrine.

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  1. Karl Jarvis says:

    … and don’t forget the brand new shoe company Altra – they’re making zero drop, foot shape, truly gender specific shoes with midsoles that last longer than typical ones. Their first models will be a road shoe, a mountain shoe, and a true minimalist shoe, coming in April! I know these guys well – they really know their stuff and have done countless iterations to make sure their shoes are truly amazing.

  2. Looks incredibly like a Kinvara with a carbon rubber sole. Not that it’s a bad thing — it’s one of the downfalls of the Kinvara in my book that so much of the forefoot is nothing but exposed midsloe. Hopefully this shoe has a firmer midsole… The video itself could have used some better lighting and more actual viewing of the shoe itself.

  3. I’m interested in Altra shoes because they are one of the few companies that are removing heel lift but keeping cushioning in the forefoot.

    Pete, your post about the Altra trail says it has an 7mm midsole. Do you happen to know what the midsole on the New Balance MT100/101 is?

    • The midsole heights for the MT100/101 are 18mm in the heel and 8 mm in the forefoot. Anyone that has run in it can tell you it does not feel like a 10 mm heel drop at all, even Anton says this.
      I can’t wait to try the Altra and Saucony Peregrine.

      Also dont forget that the A86 from Keen comes up in a couple of weeks, which should be a nice shoe from the reviews that I have read. It only has a 3mm heel to toe drop from what I have read, but I am not sure if that is accurate or not.

  4. Jason Fitzgerald says:

    This looks strikingly similar to the Kinvara (which I just ordered my first pair today!). The Peregrine looks like it has the same or similar upper with a sole more geared toward trails. Sweet addition to Saucony’s lineup; they’re putting together a good minimalist category. Thanks for sharing the video Peter.

    • Pete Larson says:

      Just bought a pair of the MT 101’s myself, first run yesterday was fun
      – heel is there, but does feel less than 10mm. I measured with
      C-calipers and got 24mm heel and 15.5mm forefoot for 8.5mm drop when
      you include the insole and outsole.


      On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Disqus

  5. Looking forward to this shoe myself. RunningWarehouse has a slightly more detailed video:

    I’ve also heard reports that the next incarnation of the Fastwitch will take on a 4mm drop. Sounds promising.

    • Pete Larson says:

      Good news about the Fastwitch – that was my first ever racing shoe.
      Haven’t bought again due to the standard heel.


      On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Disqus

    • The Flotrack/RW video of the Fastwitch does confirm a 4mm drop.

  6. Sorry to hijack this thread, but Merrell has there product descriptions up for their new barefoot line. Go to there website and search glove. I will place a link but I am not sure if it will work or not.

  7. I’m sorry… but +9oz is not a a very lightweight shoe. Low drop from heel to toe is cool, but it does not seem all that minimal compared to what many other companies are offering at this point.

  8. I kind a don’t like the shoes to be too light. I have to have a ceirtain weight on my feet, it feels better.

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