Saturday, January 22, 2011

Outdoor Retailer-Saucony Hattori and Peregrine

Saucony Hattori
The Saucony Hattori is a true minimalist zero drop shoe coming this spring. Retail $80.  Weighing 4.4 oz it has 10 mm midsole height.  2 velcro straps: one across the mid foot one across the heel. Very light, soft almost sock like upper with welded mid foot reinforcements Saucony's theme for the Hattori is "Protection without Correction".  It will come in 5 very flashy colors for men (right)  and 5 for women (left). Much as my Vizi-Pro Orange Kinvara's attract attention, these shoes also make a fashion statement.

Saucony Hattori
Update 4/13: Road Runner Sports showing men's and women's Hattori as in stock.
The popular Pro Grid Kinvara has a 14 mm forefoot/ 18 mm heel height according to Running Warehouse.  The midsole material in the Hattori is same as the Kinvara and thus with the front to back 10mm  midsole height the Hattori will be a firmer ride which will put a premium on good mid foot placement. Saucony recommends starting with 1-2 short runs a week in the Hattori. The outer sole uses strategically placed, more durable outer sole materials in the forefoot and heel. I was told this is the same material as used on the triangular lugs of the Kinvara but in a different color.
Saucony Hattori Outer sole
Saucony Peregrine

The Peregrine can be thought of as the trail cousin of the Kinvara as it has the same 4 mm heel to toe drop. Peregrine midsole height: 10 mm forefoot. 14 mm heel vs. 14 mm forefoot 18 mm heel for Kinvara which makes sense as most trail runners have a low forefoot for better trail feel and stability. Weighing 9.1 oz vs. the Kinvara's 7.7 oz, as a trail runner Peregrine features a deeply lugged sole which should be great on snow and loose surfaces as well as a more rugged upper.  I was told it is water resistant.

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