Saucony Peregrine 5 Review
I have had a long relationship with this the Saucony Peregrine and like all good relationships, we have had our ups and downs. It started in 2012 when I decided to run my first 50miler. I had been dabbling in minimalist shoes for a few years and was looking for a trail runner that had minimalist qualities, but was substantial enough for a 50miler.
Through much trial and error, I settled on the Saucony Peregrine 2. It was an epic shoe! Its outsole was rugged enough to handle all sorts of trails but light enough to feel nimble and fast. I was hooked.
For the next year, this was my go to trail shoe. When the Peregrine 3 came out, I noticed that I was blowing through the sides on my shoes in under a month. I later found out this was a common issue with the shoe, which they would later try to fix with the Peregrine 4. Unfortunately, by that time, I had blown through four pairs of the Peregrine 3, so my skepticism held me back from purchasing the Peregrine 4.
When the Peregrine 5 was released, I decided to give this shoe a second chance and I am glad I did. The Peregrine 5 reminds me why I fell in love with the Peregrines, to begin with. It offers a weightless sense of security. The shoe weighs in at about 8.2 oz and a 4mm offset. Its stack height ranges from 21.5mm in the heel to 17.5 in the forefoot.
As a North Shore runner, these shoes are very compatible with wet, mountainous terrain. They have an aggressive outsole with multi-directional lugs. However, I have noticed that the lugs are not very tacky. So if you live in a rainforest, traction on slick rocks and roots can be problematic. I would highly recommend the Saucony Peregrine 5 to any trail runner looking for that minimalist feel in a higher mileage shoe.
Kintec Race Team