Replacing my previous pair of Saucony Peregrine 10 ST trail shoes is this new and updated version. The 11 ST iteration are versatile trail running shoes that do very well on wet and muddy trails. In order to write up this short Saucony Peregrine 11 review I’ve run around 70 initial kms to gather my thoughts.
The first thing I like about the new 11 iteration is the new draw string lacing system. It is also the reason I decided to continue with the Peregrine line up.
With the previous 10 ST model, I found the laces rather short and very frustrating when combined with the heel lock (runner’s loop) lacing I use. The new draw string lacing system added on the 11 is simply magical.
Features and COmfort
Continuing with what worked on the 10 ST, the 11 ST have the same 4mm offset and quality lugs.
The toe box is nice and wide too, which is something I find really helps my toes on those longer trail runs. Downhills have a tendency to hammer my toes, even when laced in tightly. Having a large toe box really goes a long way to alleviating the impacts I would otherwise get.
As mentioned above, the 11 ST model now has a draw string lace-up system. There is also a mesh pocket that can be used to tuck the excess string into, keeping them out of the way. I find this goes a long way to prevent them snagging on thorny leaves and undergrowth.
I didn’t have any wear in issues with these shoes. I started out with an initial 10-15km run and went straight into some half marathon distance shortly after that. They’re really comfortable straight off the bat.
As with the 10 ST, the 11 ST don’t have much in the way of cushioning. At least not when I compare them to my extremely cushioned Hoka Speedgoat 4 trail shoes.
However this is not necessarily a bad thing. The more sparingly cushioned approach lets you ‘feel’ the trail more. I find that this gives them a more responsive quality.
Of course these shoes do really well on soft, muddy, wet terrain. I also find them to be good all rounders on the numerous gravel and sand trails in my local area.
However, I have found them to be a bit slippery on larger gravel and rocks, especially so when it has been raining. The lugs are great for digging into soft terrain, but they slip and slide all over the place on wet rocks, so that is one thing to keep in mind when considering a pair.
These are great all-rounder trail running shoes. If wide toe boxes and the 4mm offset are added bonuses for you, then all the better. The lugs are perfect for mud and soft trails. You get convenience with the fast lace-up system. Just stay away from wet, rocky trails and you’ll not have to worry about the one weakness these shoes have.