Article by Jeff Valliere, John Tribbia, Jacob Brady, and Jeff Beck
Editor's Note: We are thrilled to welcome John Tribbia to the RTR test team with this is first review.
John is mountain runner who lives, works, and trains in the Boulder, Colorado Area and has an enthusiastic penchant to ascend mountains as fast as possible. He has won races such as America's Uphill, Imogene Pass Run, and the US Skyrunner Vertical Kilometer Series; he's placed atop the podium at the Red Bull 400 (twice), US Trail Marathon Championships (twice), and the Catalina Island Marathon; and he was the first person to ever ascend Grandeur Peak in Salt Lake City in under 40 minutes. Even though many of his racing accomplishments have been on the off-beaten path, you can also find him running on roads, running in snowshoes, and bike commuting with his son in tow on a cargo e-bike. If you follow him on Strava (https://www.strava.com/athletes/1044838), you'll notice he runs before the break of dawn almost everyday. His favorite food is Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.
Saucony Peregrine 10 ($120)
Saucony Peregrine 10 ($120)
Jeff: I have a long history with the Peregrine dating back to version 4. I liked that they were light, low and stable, with a minimal, yet secure upper and had excellent traction. However, I did not like that versions 4 and 5 were stiff as a 2x4 underfoot and caused me extensive heel blistering that I just could not manage or mitigate. Version 6 was much better, but still required about 50 miles of break in to manage the heel rub issues. Version 7 was more padded in the heel and slightly more flexible/forgiving, but the upper was a little less secure. Versions 8 and ISO (technically the 9 I guess?) were in my opinion, completely different shoes and only really shared a name and perhaps tread with its predecessors, as they seemed to gain weight/bulk and cushion, making them good all terrain cruisers, but not no longer really an all mountain racer. Enter the Peregrine 10, where, despite being similar weight and with 2mm more stack, feel more streamlined to the point where the Peregrine 10 has returned to its more speedy performance roots with vast improvements throughout.
John: I’ve never worn Saucony. The first thing I noticed when I put this shoe on was how bouncy and smooth it felt, even just walking around the house. The shoe feels comfortable and I really like the lacing system. The heel fit is snug and deep; and the shoe cushion underfoot is like that of a road running trainer. In fact, if I were to categorize this shoe, upon initial wear testing, I would say it can function as a high performing cross-over from road-to-trail or trail-to-road. The traction is awesome and grippy. Overall, the shoe reminds me a lot of the Salomon Sense.
Jacob: The Peregrine is Saucony’s flagship do-it-all trail shoe. The tenth version of the Peregrine is defined by a significant shift in technology, however, its purpose as a medium-cushion, all terrain trail runner remains. With this version, Saucony ditched the ISO upper which defined the previous model and also changed the midsole foam to PWRRUN, an EVA/TPU blend, as they have done with other recent releases such as the road Kinvara 11 and Guide 13.