Why We Chose The Saucony Peregrine 10 ST Trail Shoe: Super grippy on soft trails, protective
The Saucony Peregrine is back, this time in its 10th iteration. The most obvious difference between this model and the last few ones is that Saucony have stopped using their ISOFIT upper construction and have instead switched to a FORMFIT one. ISOFIT incorporated “wings” on either side of the shoe which connected to the lacing system to create a contour hugging fit that allowed the upper to flex with your foot as it changes shape with each step. The FORMFIT that has replaced it on this new model of the Peregrine is much more straightforward, conforming to the same type of fit that most other running shoes go for. Is this a good thing then? Skip down to our Tester’s Verdict at the bottom to find out.
Who Is The Saucony Peregrine 10 ST Trail Shoe For?
We’d say the Peregrine 10 trail running shoe is most at home on mid length mountain runs. We’re talking 10 to 15 mile runs on trails. Any type of trail will do, but these definitely have the right kind of features, traits and performance for big ascents and descents.
The upper is made from a mesh with PU overlays to add structure and provide a bit of protection, particularly around the toes. The tongue is padded and gusseted to prevent dirt and debris from sneaking in through the laces. The laces themselves are flat, woven through PU reinforced eyelets in the mesh upper and they have a little hook at the base for attaching a gaiter.
“I like Saucony’s wide-ish toe box. For me it’s an important thing to have.”
As is the Saucony style, the toe box has a bit of width to it. Not as much as an Altra shoe, but certainly more than you’d find on most Adidas, Arc’teryx, Inov-8 or Salomon styles. The heel however still keeps a close fit.
Underfoot there’s an ergonomic foam footbed, a plastic flex plate on the forefoot to protect from rocks and roots and then a PWRRUN midsole for a more responsive ride than the previous PWRFOAM model The cushioning in the midsole comes from a TPU-based bead foam which Saucony claim is formulated to be bouncier, more durable, more flexible and more consistent across different temperatures than EVA foam.
It’s a fairly low stack height: 27mm at the heel and 23cm at the toe. That means a neutral 4mm drop which will allow you to bring your quads and glutes into the equation, something that should help on those bigger ascents.