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Review: Saucony Peregrine 12 trail running shoes

Written by Fiona

June 13 2022

I have been testing Saucony Peregrine 12 trail running footwear. I was sent the shoes to test in return for an honest review.

Features of Saucony Peregrine 12 trail running shoes include:

  • PWRRUN cushioning (which is meant to be soft and springy)
  • Sockliner made with PWRRUN+ cushioning
  • Protective rock plate for a smooth and more flexible ride (also sheds moisture more easily)
  • Redesigned traction-rich PWRTRAC outsole to “helps you to dig in and take off with speed”
  • More minimal upper with pliable overlays to protect against trail elements
  • Lighter footprint: This style contains recycled upper materials
  • Lug depth: 5mm
  • Heel-to-toe Offset: 4mm (26.5mm heel/22.5mm forefoot)
  • Gaiter compatible: Yes
  • Female sizes: UK3.5 to UK10
  • Male sizes: UK6 to UK13
  • Average weight: Men’s: 275g; women’s 235g
  • Price: £135
  • See Saucony. You can also buy from Amazon. See male and female. (I receive a small commission for sales through this website.)

Review: Saucony Peregrine 12 trail running shoes

I have always wanted to love Saucony Peregrine 12 trail running shoes. On paper they tick all the boxes I need for a good quality off-road running shoe with a nice balance of traction, cushioning and weight. Sadly, until now the shoe has been too wide.

This latest and updated version feels much better than any I have tried before. I haven’t actually tested a Peregrine since model 6 or 7, so it might be the versions 8 to 11 have been a good fit, too, but I am pleased to discover the 12 fits me pretty well.

However, this does mean that if you are looking for a wide fit shoe, this might not be the one for you.

One issue for me is that the UK8.5 is just slightly too short.

The heel cup is a medium height and of medium cushioning. It appears to fit me well.

The tongue is thin and doesn’t annoy my foot. I prefer a thinner tongue to one that is larger and cushioned. My skinny ankles prefer a low volume tongue and heel, so the Saucony Peregrine 12 trail running shoes suit me.

The cushioning is what I would call medium. It’s somewhere between a Hoka shoe and a more minimum inov-8 sole. There is good cushioning and bounce at the forefoot and also in the heel area. The forefoot cushioning feels like a wee ball of bounce under my foot.

I haven’t tested the shoes for many, many miles so I don’t know if the cushioning stays, however for the dozens of miles I’ve run on both tarmac and trails, I’ve enjoyed the cushioning.

The uppers are lightweight and stretchy. They offer good support and fit. I don’t need to tighten the laces too much and that is a bonus for my narrow feet.

The uppers may well give up before the soles but, again, I haven’t worn them for enough miles to tell you. Suffice to say the lightweight uppers certainly help to keep down the weight of these shoes.

There is also a reasonable level of upper protection from the likes of vegetation and trail debris. There could be more and if you are running many miles on trails with high levels of vegetation you may find the uppers wear out quite quickly.

The sole feels flexible. It might be too flexible for some people so if you are looking for a stiffer off-road shoe don’t choose Saucony Peregrine 12. I like the flex level. I also really like the soles for traction. The lugs are a good depth and these shoes give me confidence on trails and hills where there is a lot of mud and wet grass.

Scotland specialises in slippery hills and trails and I know many people who like the grip of Saucony Peregrines.

I find it hard to beat my favourite trail running shoes, the Hoka One One Torrent 2s (I’ve just stocked up with four new pairs bought in a sale) but the Hokas do not give enough grip on muddy hills and rocky mountains, so the Saucony Peregrines are worn when I know it will be slippery.

I am surprised by how much I like the fit and I love the bright orange colour that I’ve been sent. I also think the price is much more reasonable than other brands.

My biggest niggle with the Saucony Peregrines is the annoying use of made-up words written in capitals, such as PWRRUN cushioning, PWRRUN+ and traction-rich PWRTRAC. Of course, this doesn’t affect how the shoes perform but I’d rather the features were straightforward description with normal word use.

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