Verdict from 3 experts and 11 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Traction: All experts are in awe of the Saucony Peregrine 11's solid grip on snow, ice, mud, and off-trail surfaces. Even when the outsole is filled with mud, the shoe still has a good bite on the trails.
  • Ride: Runners describe it as "firm, stable, and responsive." 
  • Cushion: It's neither hard nor plush but the reviewers claim they can run in the shoe for a full day. 
  • Heel hold: No one has reported any heel slippage, attributing it to the shoe's padded heel collar.  
  • Protection: The rock plate gives enough shield from pointy rocks, roots, and other surface irregularities. 
  • Comfort: Multiple athletes agree that the shoe's upper is comfortable and plush with a premium feel. 
  • Flexibility: Trail runners can still run steep inclines on their toes despite the Peregrine's semi-rigid woven rock plate.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Bulky: Gaining 0.5 oz from its predecessor, a lot of runners state that it hinders the shoe in speed work. 
  • Firm ride: At high speed on hard surfaces, the ride can be quite rigid.

Bottom line

Featuring do-it-all qualities, the Peregrine 11 from Saucony ensures surefootedness whether it be in your ascents or descents. Sporting little to no change from its precursor, Peregrine fans will surely love this update for the signature stability and protection. 

Although touted as a speed shoe, you should be wary because experts think otherwise. Instead, you can take a look at Saucony Mad River TR 2 which is not only faster and lighter but also cheaper.

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Saucony Peregrine 11 vs. 10: What's new

Carrying over the midsole and outsole from the Peregrine 10, the 11 only features a few updates in the upper that yield the following benefits: 

  • Amplified comfort. The added collar and tongue padding generate a softer wrap.
  • More precise lockdown. An added eyelet allows runners to really cinch down the laces. 

Peregrine 11: The functions

What is it for? 

It's a great trail shoe that can handle easy-paced, mid-to long-distance runs in the following:  

  • Semi-technical and technical trails
  • Single-track trails 
  • Low-alpine terrain
  • Desert 
  • Woodland terrain
  • Muddy terrain 
  • Packed dirt

Who is it for? 

As experts put it, "it's the easiest trail shoe to recommend" to trail running beginners for its stability, comfort, responsiveness, and traction. And it's just as great for seasoned athletes "who live and breathe dirt" for its versatile functions. 

Other versions of the Peregrine 11

Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX

It weighs an ounce more than the original Peregrine 11 because of its Gore-Tex liner. On the one hand, experts swear by its waterproofness. After running 5k distance in snow, the Peregrine 11 already had moisture, while the GTX stayed dry.

Saucony Peregrine 11 ST

The ST version is intended to tackle softer terrain like woodland debris and off-roads. To do this, it features greater-spaced, deeper, and more angled lugs. Experts warn that while it may work on packed snow with texture underneath (leaves, gravel, etc.), it's not completely ice-friendly. 

How Peregrine 11 compares

This shoe: 82
All shoes average: 82
55 94
This shoe: $120
All shoes average: $130
$60 $250
This shoe: 10.9oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
6.3oz 24oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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