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Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX: Worth the weight

The Peregrines have always been tagged as heavy trail runners, and there's no escaping that with the Peregrine 11 GTX. But if you're looking for a waterproof trail shoe that can perform in various terrains and conditions without compromise, the 11 GTX certainly delivers. So much so that experts claim that it's just as good as its predecessor, which they listed as one of their favorite mountain running shoes of 2020. 

Lined with Gore-Tex, runners swear by its impermeability. Even when tested through creeks, snow, mud, and more, their feet "remained dry the entire time." Mind you, this technology is also responsible for its bulk. 

Peregrine 11 GTX vs. 10 GTX: "Saucony smartly didn't nitpick" 

The 10th version was so well-received (it revived Peregrine's roots in speed) that Saucony decided not to rework the 11th so much. It carries over the same midsole and outsole with a little tweak on the upper. The results? 

  • a more premium-feeling upper 
  • pronounced comfort from the thicker tongue
  • better structure and foothold because of the reworked overlays

Where can I use it? 

Whether you're looking for a trail shoe that's good for all-day wear or can go fast or slow on these surfaces, the Peregrine 11 GTX will not bring you down: 

  • Technical terrains
  • Semi-technical trails
  • Off trails
  • Snow 
  • Loose or packed dirt
  • Mud (but you can also opt for the Peregrine 11 ST which is the mud-ready version because of its deeper lugs)

The Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX is very versatile that trail runners say it's "one of the easiest to recommend" for both trail running novice and seasoned athlete. 

Nice to know

Just like the Mad River TR 2, the Peregrine's outsole can accommodate sheet metal screws for better grip on ice. It can also be drilled for water drainage. 

How Peregrine 11 GTX compares

This shoe: 87
All shoes average: 82
55 94
This shoe: $150
All shoes average: $131
$60 $250
This shoe: 11.5oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
6oz 24oz
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