Saucony Peregrine 4 Review
The Saucony Peregrine 4 represents one of the most comprehensive updates to the Peregrine trail shoe line thus far. Saucony engaged in extensive wear testing to come up with a light-weight, responsive but durable trail shoe that works in a variety of different terrains and conditions. Put simply, I believe Saucony was able to achieve these objectives.
Like the previous iterations, the Peregrine 4 has its standard 4mm heel-to-toe drop. However, the shoe features an upgraded nylon fiber mesh rock plate, which reduces weight and adds notable flexibility throughout the forefoot.
Perhaps most significantly, Saucony moved to a super-aggressive multi-directional lug design for added traction and responsiveness. I was able to test the shoe in a variety of conditions, including hard-pack trails, mud, snow and ice. I was truly impressed with the traction under all of these conditions. However, at the same time, the lugs were not overly rigid such that I felt them when I was running on the roads or other harder trail surfaces.
Saucony chose to continue with the FlexFilm upper, but moved to a PowerGrid heel cushioning for reduced weight and a softer feel. In doing so, they were able to cut out any unnecessary weight resulting in the Peregrine 4 being the lightest version to date.
The Saucony Peregrine 4 is ideal for the avid trail runner who is seeking an aggressive but responsive and nimble trail shoe that can be used in all conditions. The Peregrine 4 fits true to size and has a snug mid-foot feel with a sufficiently roomy toebox. In short, you will feel comfortable tackling the most technical of trails in these shoes.