Updates to Saucony Peregrine 8 GTX

  • The Peregrine 8 GTX is a waterproof running shoe that is intended for the trails. This iteration uses the GORE-TEX® technology to completely stave off water infiltration. A close-weave layout furthers the protective-shell-like structure of the facade, moving the design away from the breathable nature of its counterpart, the original Peregrine 8 model.

Size and fit

Regular sizing measurements base the creation of the Saucony Peregrine 8 GTX. Runners are encouraged to use their usual choices of size when aiming to purchase a pair. However, it is helpful to test the shoe first or study user reviews for comments on the size to fully appreciate a pleasant in-shoe feel.

The quality of the sideways fit is influenced by the semi-curved shape of the platform and the various accouterments that make up the upper.

Outsole

PWRTRAC is the outsole unit of the Saucony Peregrine 8 GTX. This technology is comprised of a generous layer of rubber that shields against the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It also has a naturally grippy quality to maintain surface adhesion and control.

Omnidirectional gripping lugs pockmark the external pad. These protrusions are meant to heighten the traction over the trails, particularly on irregular terrains and upward and downward paths.

Midsole

The midsole unit of the Saucony Peregrine 8 GTX is made of PWRFOAM. This full-length cushioning unit is designed to attenuate the impact shock that is generated by the striking phase of the gait cycle. It also transfers energy to the foot and leg for a powerful push-off from the ground. Its moderately generous thickness prevents stones and rugged surfaces from causing discomfort to the foot. PWRFOAM is used in many Saucony models, including the updates to the Saucony Ride series.

EVERUN is a topsole that is marketed as a layer of long-lasting support throughout the run. Its durable build permits it to maintain its structure, even after many uses.

A sockliner is placed right on top of the primary cushioning unit. The purpose of this add-on is to provide a soft surface for the underside of the foot. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the wearer wants to do so.

Upper

A mesh is used for the upper unit of the Peregrine 8 GTX. This material offers a secure yet flexible fit because it doesn’t have a stiff structure. It is touted to be light and form-fitting, as well.

GORE-TEX® is a technology that renders the upper waterproof. This membrane-like shroud fundamentally staves off wetness from infiltrating the in-shoe environment, saving the fabrics and the foot-chamber from water-retention and the potential hazards that may come with it.

The Flex Film overlays are printed elements on the upper that bolster the overall durability of the shoe. These synthetic prints are also tasked with securing the foot and keeping it in place throughout the activity.

The padded tongue and collar have the job of cushioning the topmost portions of the foot. They also prevent in-shoe quivering and accidental shoe removals.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.3oz / Women 9.3oz
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Saucony Peregrine 8
Update: Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX
Forefoot height: 18mm

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