Verdict from 6 experts and 45 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Traction: The Peregrine 11 ST really excels on the surfaces it's designed for — deep snow, mud, sloppy slush, and sand. Runners claim that whether ascending or descending, they really felt "brave" and "confident" running in these terrains. 
  • Cushion: Despite the foam being firm, it "never really feels harsh." So much so that trail runners say they can run in them for a full day. 
  • Protection: With the semi-rigid midsole, rockplate, solid outsole, and debris-resistant upper, the shoe keeps the foot safe from harsh ground elements. The combination of these feels like an "insurance policy" for the feet. 
  • Fit: The heel and midfoot security are superb, while the toe box has ample space for natural toe splay. 
  • Convenience: The quicklace system and the stretchy heel pull tab allows for easy on-and-off and lockdown. 
  • Style: It's sleek, elegant, sporty, and modern. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Not for hard surfaces: Because the midsole is stiff, it can be quite challenging when taking long descents on buffed-out trails or roads. For these surfaces, experts recommend the plusher Xodus 10.
  • Overly long laces: Their length can be a hassle, reported some runners. 

Bottom line

Made for extra grip on softer terrains (hence, the name ST), the Peregrine 11 ST from Saucony is a trustworthy choice, especially for runners taking on their ultra adventures. In essence, it is a trail shoe that can handle everyday training on virtually all kinds of trails and conditions, but where it shines is on muddy surfaces. 

It may not be the trail shoe for you if you're used to minimalist models. And if you plan on running on ice, you will most likely slip in this. 

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Saucony Peregrine 11 ST: For the sloppiest terrain

In contrast to the Peregrine 11 and 11 GTX, the Peregrine 11 ST features deeper lugs (6.5 mm) to really dig into the softer surfaces. With a revamped, debris-resistant upper, you'll get all the protection you need when running. Although not a waterproof shoe, the 11 ST provides impermeability to an extent. 

Peregrine 11 ST vs. 10 ST: Functional and fashionable 

The 11th retains the signature comfort of the 10th — it's still the same "bouncy and smooth" ride. Just like the rest of the Peregrine 11s, the ST only has some upper updates, generating the following: 

  • reconstructed debris-resistant mesh upper amps up protection 
  • 3D-printed overlays for better support and structure 
  • quick lace for convenient lockdown
  • mesh guard/lace garage over the tongue to house the quick lace

With the lace garage added to the design, trail runners see it as more than just a technical feature but an element that makes the shoe look very sleek. So much so they find the shoe "elegant, sporty, and modern" and  "maybe the best-looking shoe" they've ever seen. 

What is it for? 

If you're looking for a trail shoe that can serve as an all-day cruiser on these terrains, the Peregrine 11 ST is a great option: 

  • mud
  • gravel/dirt country roads
  • anything remotely technical 
  • single-track trails
  • semi-technical trails
  • soft snow 
  • loose off-trail conditions
  • woodland debris

The Saucony Peregrine 11 ST may be slippery on ice, but experts say that it can work on packed snow if there is some texture underneath like leaves, gravel, clomped dirt, twigs, etc. Another thing to be wary about is it can accumulate mud and it doesn't shed it off easily. Lastly, when used on pavement or hard surfaces, the midsole might feel too harsh and rigid. 

Rankings

How Saucony Peregrine 11 ST ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 37% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Top 46% Saucony running shoes
All Saucony running shoes
Top 33% neutral running shoes
All neutral running shoes

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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