Saucony Peregrine 6 – Solution to a Problem

92 / 100 by Robert Clementz • Level 1 expert

The Saucony Peregrine 6 is old in shoe years as the 8th has just been released. But, I was injured for several months after buying the 6 and just got my 150th mile in these shoes.

The Peregrine 7 is very close in design, fit and feel. Sadly, the 8 has changed considerably. If the Peregrine 6 and 7 are solutions, then what is the problem? Well…

 

 

I have six different shoes ranging from 400 plus miles to just over 100, all with holes or developing holes where my big toenail hits the upper.

My right great toenail angles upward just enough to grind away at anything it touches.

After years of looking for a lightweight trail shoe with a reinforced toe area, I ran (pun intended) upon a Merrell and Saucony  local fun run where we could demo shoes from various reps. The Peregrine had a better fit and feel than the Merrell.

 

Reinforced Toe

The reinforced toe area is molded into the FlexFilm upper providing a seamless, flexible feel.

The solid yet flexible plastic film offers protection for the mesh upper and is durable enough to handle my vicious toenail over 150 trail miles with no sign of wear.

 

 

First Run

In the first demo run, I noted a low ride. My foot seemed to melt into the sole of the shoe which provided a confident feel.

The protective heel cup and the comfortable collar added quilt and security to my aging ankles. The only negative on that first run was the rubbing on my lateral malleolus.

If you are not familiar with heel anatomy that is the bone on the outside of your ankle.  Maybe my feet ‘melted’ too far down into the shoes.

 

The Look

The aesthetics of this or any shoe is not a big selling point for me, but it sure is a bonus to get one that looks as good as it feels. The shape and contour is not clunky like some trail shoes.

Not too slim and just enough flair on the forefoot for extra stability. The aggressive outsole can be seen from the side profile.

Just a clean fresh look with colors that seem to work well together. This shoe came in three color schemes.

 

 

Peregrine 6 Physique 

The Peregrine 6 has a symmetrical lug outsole on a semi-curved last.

Saucony’s PWRTRAC rubber outsole is formulated to provide enough elasticity to grip yet maintaining strong abrasion resistance.

The forefoot area is protected with their External Bedrock Outsole underneath the PWRTRAC rubber. It is a stiff, lightweight protective plate to shield and dissipate the impact of rocks and rough terrain.

Its EVERUN midsole gives a cushioned ride with a high level of energy return.

As mentioned previously, the upper is a lightweight molded mesh requiring fewer fabric layers, less stitching and therefore more flexibility and comfort.

The tongue is padded and attached to each side below the laces with thin neoprene fabric to keep the dirt and debris out. It also keeps the tongue centered well.

 

 

At 9.5 ounces (270g) it is not the lightest trail shoe, but it provides protection and strength without the feel of hiking boots.

The heel cup not only gives a solid hold on your ankle, but some obvious, hidden, and informative details as well.

The obvious is the make and model of the shoe, the hidden is the longitude and latitude of the original Saucony factory in Kutztown, Pennsylvania founded in 1898! And the informative is the 4mm offset from heel to toe.

 

 

The laces nine-thread weave allows me to refrain from double tying them as the thicker orange thread provides enhanced friction to the single knot.

They also incorporate all the colors of the upper.

 

 

The overall structure of this shoe is amazingly solid and comfortable for its lightweight and low-to-the-ground feel.

 

Pros

The Peregrine 6 is one of the best trail shoes that I have worn in the past 20 years.

The aggressive yet simple tread design grips the muddy trails yet releases the mud easily so you’re not carrying that extra weight for miles. The deep lugs though will hold small twigs. The protected forefoot helps alleviate the pain on some of the rocky trails I frequent.

Our current weather brings snow to the terrain and the Peregrine 6 gives plenty of traction in the snow and ice, and with the right socks, protection from the cold.

 

 

The lack of cushion is a positive for me and others who like to feel the ground. The grip and stability of this shoe bring confidence in tight turns on the trail.

 

Cons

The only negative to this shoe was noted above - the slight rubbing on my ankle bone on early trail runs.

To solve that problem I placed an old insole cut to size under the rear of the insole to give a 2mm rise and no more ankle rubbing. A bonus for me is that a 6mm drop is optimal for my calf muscles.

I can’t find any more Peregrine 6 in size 9.5, so my next shoe is the 7. Why not the 8?

The pictures of the 8 show the toe protector removed, ugh! The outsole is also less aggressive.

 

Concluding Thoughts

The overall feel of the Saucony Peregrine 6 is comfortable. It is not soft or cushy, so if you like that feel it is not for you. It provides a feel for the ground without giving up protection.

It gives enough cushion even on a long trail race that I am not crying for a pillow. Just yesterday, I purchased the Peregrine 7 on sale. The original price of the 6, 7 and 8 is $120. 

That is somewhat steep, but it provides the grip, comfort and feel I want and need in a trail shoe.

Additionally, I am hopeful it will continue to look good long after its useful running life since it shouldn’t have an unsightly hole in the toe.


Robert Clementz

Robert Clementz • Level 1 expert

For more than 40 years I raced almost every distance between 800 meters and 100 miles. I have coached track & field and cross country at the high school level for over 30 years. Though I don’t race ultras anymore, I have completed 40 and won a few of those. A friend told me it is better to be a ‘has-been’ than a ‘never-was.


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