Saucony Peregrine 10 review

The Peregrine 10 takes its place as one of the most popular trail shoes from Saucony. It is a fantastic option for a variety of runners, from entry-level trail seekers to those veteran trail runners.

There is no doubt the Peregrine 10 fits best for short-distance runs. Anything over six miles would probably be a stretch for the feet to handle on any technical terrain given the lack of cushioning and response. However, the sweet spot where my legs weren’t beat up at the end of hard trail runs seemed to land in the three-to-six-mile range.

Who should buy it

The Peregrine 10 is recommended for runners who are looking for an extremely functional trail shoe that is also protective, attractive, and can handle a wide variety of trail surfaces. Entry-level runners who run three to six miles will find satisfaction in this shoe. 

Who should NOT buy it

Look elsewhere if you:

  • fast and lightweight trail shoe (in this case, the Saucony Switchback 2 is worth checking for)
  • need a shoe for long-distance runs (check out the Saucony Xodus 11)
  • prefer a pair of stability shoes; the Saucony Guide is a popular shoe line perfect for moderate overpronators

Standard Saucony fit

The overall width, from heel to toe, is standard with space in the toebox. My size, 10 US men’s, fits true to size.   

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It’s a dull ride

Also, during foot landings and stepping off-ground, the Peregrine 10 did not offer any real energy return due to the standard PWRRUN midsole technology. The overall ride felt dull over short and extended distances. 

I felt stable in the Peregrine 10

The shoe has enough heel collar cushion to prevent any slipping in the back. Also, the simple yet functional welded overlays offered some stability for the top of the foot as well as a great lockdown feel from heel to toe.

The Saucony Peregrine 10 offers next-level protection 

When I accidentally took a wrong turn, making my planned 3-mile trail run into a 6 miler, the Peregrine 10 delivered. I was able to get through the additional highly technical miles of natural springs, rock beds, steep single-track, and switchbacks due to the dense midsole combined with Saucony’s carbon mesh rock plate which offers a little flex while protecting from sharp and jagged objects.

The Peregrine 10 is not for fast-paced runs

Those with the need for speed may want to look elsewhere, as the Peregrine 10 weighs 10.7oz/303g (trail shoes on average weighs 10.5oz/298g). 

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Durable outsole that bites down on loose ground

The lugs on the outsole are properly placed apart and made with a chevron pattern that really bites down on loose ground. I noticed no sign of wear on the outsole after taking the shoes on some rather abusive hill climbs and rocky descents.

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Sleek, breathable upper

Saucony did their homework for the Peregrine 10’s updated upper. The air mesh material ventilates the foot properly while deflecting moisture from the outdoor elements. 

Simple design is better

The Saucony Peregrine 10 is spot-on when it comes to “no-gimmicks” approach to both function and design. The shoe offers runners a stable platform, ample traction, and superb protection without having to worry about the latest “bells and whistles” not functioning properly. 

The sleek design color choices of blacks and greys provide a sinister and sleek look to the shoe while preventing most debris from being visible on its surface. 

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Great value for money

The Saucony Peregrine 10 is a bit cheaper compared to other trail shoes that have an average price of $128. At $120 USD, the Peregrine 10 is a great value for what you get in this shoe, including the gusseted tongue, durable and ventilated air-mesh upper, extra TPU overlays in high wear areas of the upper, lockdown loop for laces, and proper outsole traction. 

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Overall Impression

The Saucony Peregrine 10 is a neutral low-profile trail running shoe for entry-level runners to experts alike. The Peregrine 10 outshines other shoes in its class by offering an amazing amount of protection from the outdoor elements, superb outsole, midsole, and upper durability - all at a value price point.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 303g / Women 264g
Drop: 4mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Saucony Peregrine 11
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 22mm

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Author
Kyle Babbitt
Kyle Babbitt

Kyle Babbitt is a holistic wellness advocate and running enthusiast competing in 5k’s to marathons and anything in between. He spends his time volunteering at local community running events and training across the four-state region. Current running involvement includes serving as Events Coordinator for Wizard Run, LLC. Previous work includes a former position as Wellness Services Director at Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, LLC and Brand Ambassador for Hoka One One in2019. Kyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Wellness from Missouri Southern State University.