Saucony Peregrine 7 Review

The 9.4-ounce Saucony Peregrine 7 ($120) is the shoe’s seventh iteration. While the first handful of model years did not stray much from the original design, the past two versions have shown Saucony’s wiliness to continue refining its popular trail running model with updated materials. In fact, this model could almost be touted as a completely different shoe if not for keeping the 4mm drop and the grippy outsole from version 6.  This has been my go-to kick in a sloppy, wet year here in the Pacific Northwest and with the exception of a few minor gripes, they have performed even better than expected.

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Saucony Peregrine 7 Review Transcript

So what we’re looking at today is the Saucony Peregrine 7. As the name states, this is the seventh iteration of this shoe. It clocks in at 9.4 ounces (men’s), and in women’s it is 8.4 ounces. Both models share the same heel-to-toe drop which is 4mm with a stack height of 21.5mm in the heel and 17.5mm in the forefoot. With that said, let’s get up close and personal and see what’s new and how these things are holding up.

Saucony Peregrine 7

The Saucony Peregrine 7.

Saucony Peregrine 7 Upper

Let’s start by walking through the upper. One of the biggest differences in version 6 versus the 7 is that the 7 has an exoskeleton on it. Last year’s model and all previous models of Peregrines had a lot more mesh and stitching that existed to hold the upper together. This year, we have these TPU overlays. You sort of see them throughout—these crossing patterns that anchor to the laces—basically cutting down on stitching. When you feel the inside of the shoe, there’s no stitching in there, so reducing hotspots. It also creates a more precise feel over other versions. Then the other way they work the dissipating heat, because you do have plastic effectively running along the sides of the shoe, is all the way throughout you’ll see these little windowed mesh areas where there’s not an exoskeleton. Then, of course, in the toe area where it’s very much exposed, there’s no TPU here. This area is all just mesh. So it’s a nice update on that front. It definitely gives it a more secure fit.

When we roll around to the heel, one of the previous complaints from the last version was the really rigid heel cup. I know myself and other runners I talked to experienced the same thing, so a couple things have been done here. One is they’ve lowered the height of how high up that heel cup sits. You can see that by the flexibility here—it’s not going up quite as high. The second part is that it’s just more padded. It’s still a rigid heel cup. It still has that good lock-in feel, but I didn’t feel that I had to deal with the break-in and those sort of things that existed in the previous versions. This is definitely welcomed on that front and something I noticed immediately the first time I put them on my feet.

When we roll around to the laces here, previous versions had standard eyelets like what we have up here on the top two. These went to sort of this loop enclosure. You’ll also notice the removal of the gaiter hook which existed in previous models as well. Kind of all the way throughout, there have been pretty decent changes that have existed all the way throughout this shoe as it relates to previous versions all the way up to the 6.

When we look at the tongue, effectively we are looking at from roughly the top three eyelets are not gusseted, and everything below that is. The tongue is connected with some spandex in here. It’s going to be tough to see on camera, but basically it keeps debris out from here down.

Toebox-wise, I feel this is a wider toe box than what we had in previous versions. I don’t feel like my pinky toe was quite as crammed up in these—so, a little more foot splay allowed in this version. I have what I would consider a mostly wide forefoot. This is definitely a welcome addition there. Then more of this exoskeleton TPU mask—this is not a hard toebox like we see in some shoes that have a lot of stuff built up here. You definitely have the sole that wraps around the apex and gives you a good bumper, but it’s really not something that I’ve noticed too awful bad. That might just be because of the shape of the shoe. In general, if you’re someone who stubs your toes a lot, especially on the outsides, there’s not a ton of protection here. I feel like it’s definitely adequate.

One of the other updates here that is interesting in my opinion is the addition of the EVERUN sole. If you look in there, it looks like styrofoam. Altra has a compound similar to this. Adidas has a compound similar to this. It’s this… lots of kind of various densities of little foams that are very bouncy feeling. It is noticeable to me especially when you’re on harder surfaces. This shoe seems a lot more responsive than the previous versions. It actually feels like a really good, responsive trail shoe. Not that the previous version wasn’t, but there’s definitely a feel here of added bounce that wasn’t there before. While I’m on it, on the insole, we can see the insole here is fairly standard. It’s pretty thin and tends to roll up when it’s wet which is something I definitely would like to see updated, but you can always glue those down if that’s a major problem.

Saucony Peregrine 7 lateral upper

The Saucony Peregrine 7 lateral upper.

Saucony Peregrine 7 Midsole

If we move our way over to the midsole here, we talked about the EVERUN running the length of the shoe, and on the outside here, we’ve got a single compound foam really all the way around. This is soft-ish, so it’s not a very dense form, but it’s also not a very soft foam. I would definitely say it’s right in the middle in terms of squishiness. You’re going to have some ground feel, but you have enough cushion underneath you that it doesn’t feel jarring. Roads and harder surfaces don’t feel like you take a beating. This shoe feels just about right in terms of what the midsole offers.

Saucony Peregrine 7 medial upper

The Saucony Peregrine 7 medial upper.

Saucony Peregrine 7 Outsole

Then as we move our way down to the outsole, if you’re familiar with the last version of the Peregrines, then this is going to look exactly the same. We have the same rock plate that is sitting here in the forefoot that is exposed. You can kind of see that little carbon-fiber-looking holes here in between and then what’s called the PWRTRAC outsole. This is to me a really great outsole. The Pacific Northwest has been just a mess this year in terms of weather, and I’ve always had a ton of confidence in wearing these in just about every condition except for the slickest of ice. In those cases you’re going to need something really specific like ice spikes or potentially maybe one of Saucony’s ice-blend-specific outsoles that they actually have on their winterized version of the Peregrine. These things are, I feel like, spot-on. I always have a ton of confidence in these with uphill-facing lugs, downhill-facing lugs, your brakes, and just a really luggy, toothy outsole that definitely adds a ton of confidence.

Saucony Peregrine 7 outsole

The Saucony Peregrine 7 outsole.

Overall Impressions

With all that in mind, let’s flip around and talk about final impressions. To wrap it up, the seventh version of this shoe is definitely, in my opinion, the best to date. The upper, the new exoskeleton, is a much more secure fit. You’ve got a little more room in the toebox. The EVERUN midsole feels a lot better than what we’ve dealt with in the past. They kept the same traction as last year.

The downsides are going to be that I’m definitely seeing some wear and tear on these. We’ve had a rough winter here in the Pacific Northwest with lots of rain, lots of snow, and lots of sludge. There’s definitely some wear showing on these things after 150 miles. There are a little bit of these pinch points here and possibly some of the shoe kind of delaminating from the upper. How far that’s going to go—I can’t say at this point. Overall, given all I’ve put these things through and the terrain they’ve been in, I’d say they’re probably on average with about everything else. Then the last thing I think that is the most problematic of every Peregrine that I’ve ever worn is the insole slides every time it gets wet. Obviously, you can glue that down to help with that, but that is one thing that plagues these shoes. It’s one thing I’d love to see an update on.

With that said, questions or comments, leave those below this video. Thanks for watching. We’ll catch you next time.

Call for Comments (from Meghan)

  • Have you run in the Saucony Peregrine 7? What is your impression of this model?
  • For those who’ve run in previous Peregrine models, how do you compare this version to them?

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Saucony Peregrine 7 upper top

The Saucony Peregrine 7 upper viewed from the top.

Travis Liles

resides in Portland, Oregon where he is a husband, father, and a technical specialist for a software company. In his spare time, he is exploring his new home in the Pacific Northwest, getting more vertical but still not living in the thin air, while producing “Trail Trials with Travis Liles” video gear reviews for iRunFar.

There are 16 comments

    1. Sniff

      Got out on a 6 mi run through mine tailings and jeep roads. So far so good. My other runners are Lone Peak 3’s I was worried about moving up on the drop, but I didn’t even notice. Way better of a choice than trying the Speedcross and going from 0 to 9 drop. I was a little worried about the heel. You said the previous version had a higher cup and I felt like this version might slip a little. After getting the lacing up and good they felt great on the run. Cannot wait to get more miles and see if they can hold up. SJS50 here I come!!!!!

  1. Catman

    This shoe is on my list but I’m having a hard time. I live in the 4 corners area with most of my hiking in Durango with occasional telluride, Utah and Az. We fast hike, sight see, and play around (climb boulders and such) on under 15 mile trails for the most part. I prefer technical, steep, rocky trails but my area has lots of firm trail with rock dust? over top. My last (stolen) shoes were Adidas fast r. They had excellent traction and protection (I liked that the sole felt a bit rigid) but the forefoot was a little narrow and it was not breathable. This, roclite 305, akasha, akyra and the ultra verticle are all on my list. Anyone have any other impressions or suggestions?

  2. Rich

    Fantastic review, Travis. I really enjoyed the video format.

    I’ve also been loving the Peregrine 7’s so far. The grip is excellent in almost all conditions and the addition of the EVERUN outsole adds just enough cushion and bounce to improve the ride and responsiveness of the shoe. My only concern is that they’ll be too firm for races of 50 miles+, especially for runners like myself who prefer a softer ride for those types of distances (e.g. Hoka Challenger ATR 3).

  3. Matt E

    The insole slipping on my Peregrine 6 was so frustrating. Was hoping they corrected it with this version. Thanks for pointing it out.

    1. Ady

      I wore the Peregrine 7’s for the CCC. Once the rain started and the shoes got wet the insole started to slip when descending. I ran the last 8km descent with the insoles bunched up at the front of the shoes. Very frustrating for an otherwise good shoe. I find the heel a little firm too and has a tendency to rub.

  4. Redhat

    I have a pair for the Peregrine Ice and really enjoyed them this winter. I wore it on trail as well as some snowy road running days. Pretty responsive which was nice. The waterproofing was great and surprisingly breathable. The artic grip on the bottom was hit and miss. Walking around I could feel the grip but once I started picking the pace up, the artic grip was less than “grippy”. Can’t wait for the Non-winter version of the peregrine 7!

  5. Kyle

    I have close to 100 miles on these and I love them. I had been wearing Pearl Izumi N2 for a few years and I like the Peregrine’s much better. They have a better feel overall and is extremely reliable. Going to be running 26 miles in the Grand Canyon in a few days, I know my feet will feel great.

  6. Bruno

    Had Peregrine 5,6 and now 7. My other trail shoe is NewBalance Minimus Trail V4… Peregrine 7 are my go to shoes for long distances in technical trails where i live (France)… Mud, rocks, roots, water (they drain well), uphills and downhills, I feel the ground and they grip on any surface I encounter. Like the new laces on 7… Good review, thanks.

  7. BenA

    Nice shoe – You mention more padding on the heel. Generally I see this as a bit of a quick fix for a poor heel fit. I feel that it would make the shoe much more secure if they cut back on the excessive padding and got the heel counter stiffness right in the next iteration. Less is more here. Compare the heel hold on these to an Inov-8 Trail talon 250 or a Nike Terra Kiger – both are much less padded and have better comfort and better heelhold. Spoils an otherwise great shoe IMHO.

  8. Andrew

    I’ve been using the Saucony Xodus 6.0s for a while, but they no longer make them and I’m thinking of moving over to Peregrines. I’ve found the durability of the uppers to be pretty darn good with the Xodus so I’m a little hesitant about some of the comments I’ve read. Do you think the Peregrines would make for a seamless transition?

    1. Matthew Rutherford

      I have a pair now. I’ve used a Salomon insole and a La Sportiva insole. Every time they get wet (really wet) and I start a steep downhill the insole will fold over. It just needs more friction. I’m gonna take some super glue to it and see if that works.

  9. Paul john

    I have run in Peregrine’s for the last five years in every variation they have made.
    They a very good trail shoe and are very lightweight in comparison with salomon s lab shoes which I have also tried.
    Saucony have constantly been changing the shoe and addressing issues such as the stiff back on the peregrine 6.
    If you have wide feet which I do these are a very comfortable shoe for long distance running in trails.

    They do wear out after about 250 to 300 kilometres.
    Mostly in the lugs but I have to cross a lot of asphalt to get to the trails which doesn’t help the lugs.

    If you want to save the shoes only wear them on the trails no ashphalt which is sometimes hard to do.

    One of the benefits of these shoes is they dry incredibly fast when wet.
    I have done many races where you have to cross a river or two including a tough Viking race which was cold water every 5 kilometres.

    These zee the go to trail shoe you won’t be disappointed.

    Estrunner

  10. Filip

    This is my first Saucony shoe, have got already around 300km.
    Pros
    – outsole is really sticky, especially compared to Nike WH3. Even snow and deep mud is no problem.
    – light, protective and nimble
    – everun helping overall comfort

    Cons
    – fit – I guess it is the matter of materials used on upper, which are not very stretchy and also covered with a lot of overlays. I is making upper bit stiff and not so welcoming for my feet. Heel is bit loose (not a tragedy as f.e. asics trail shoes) and I’d appreciate more forefoot space (also not that bad, but compare to WH3)

    Overall nice surprise for me, like to running in Peregrins.

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