My current trail running shoes have been long overdue for replacement (Salomon Speedcross 5), and for the next pair I decided to try something new. I picked up a pair of Saucony Peregrine 10 ST trail running shoes and this post will cover my initial, first impressions with the shoes.
Saucony Peregrine 10 ST Specifications
I selected the “Steel” colour range. A nice change from my current bright red trail shoes! These feel fairly lightweight, which is odd because they weigh in at about 320g. This is the same weight as my Salomon Speedcross 5 shoes.
I haven’t worked out if the lighter feel is perhaps because of the construction or texture of the shoe, or because it is brand new and has a bit more bounciness to it.
The Saucony Peregrine 10 ST’s have a fairly low heel-to-toe ‘drop’ or ‘offset’ of 4mm. I’m used to a much higher drop of 10mm from my Salomon’s which I’ve been using for the last 1000km before purchasing these.
The lower 4mm drop means I’ll likely put a little bit more strain on my achilles tendons when climbing steep hills, but that shouldn’t be too bad. In the long term I think the lower drop is going to be better for more general purpose trail running.
Saucony Peregrine 10 ST First Impressions
So far I have put about 32km on these so far in a mix of gravel, muddy and rain conditions. Here are my first impressions:
- They have a good grippy feel. The trail lugs are not as aggresive or protruding as my other Salomon Speedcross 5 shoes. They do however still grip nicely on loose gravel and mud. I suspect they will be good for snow too.
- They are stable. When running across small rocks or tree roots, they seem to keep my feet more stable than usual.
- I don’t like the normal shoe laces as standard, and wish they would have come with elastic toggle shoe laces.
- The backstay (that sturdy panel section behind the heel which adds shape and stability to the shoe) is a little high for my liking and immediately caused some discomfort. It is easily remedied by using plasters on the backs of your heel initially, or higher socks though. I’m doing this until the shoes are worn in a bit. At this point the backstay will soften up and not be an issue anymore.
- The price is quite good for the quality I’ve perceived so far. I paid £110.00 for mine in the UK.
You can view the full specifications for this shoe over here.
In summary, I think these are good value for money trail running shoes that you can use for lighter, average trail running routes.
If you’re expecting a lot of mud or sections of unstable rock and gravel, they’ll also do you well there too.
Once I’ve racked up a good amount of mileage on these I’ll come back and update this post (or publish a new post) with a more full review.