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Saucony Peregrine 6 running shoes

05-May-16

By Fiona Outdoors

Saucony invite you to: “Answer the call of the wild with confidence when you lace up the brand new Peregrine 6.” So I did. Relatively easy of course, in the hills of Scotland.

Features

  • Firm and responsive cushioning
  • Neutral support
  • EVERUN heel insert
  • New PWRTRAC outsole for “traction to conquer any terrain”
  • Highly flexible midsole to allow the runner to adapt to uneven surfaces
  • EBO rock plate for protection on the trails
  • For trail and grass
  • Offset: 4mm
  • Heel stack: 21.5mm
  • Forefoot stack: 17.5mm
  • Weight: Women’s shoe 532g per pair
  • Price: £105
  • Male and female fit

The blurb continues: “It’s time to outmatch rough terrain with a flexible midsole for uneven surfaces and an EVERUN heel with shock-absorbent cushioning.”

And, “with a protected upper, heel and forefoot rock plates, and a new PWRTRAC outsole, the Peregrine 6 gives runners the means to conquer any terrain.”

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Pros: What’s good about the Saucony Peregrine 6 running shoes

The shoes feel very comfortable to wear, although they are a wider fit than is ideal for my narrow foot but if you have a normal to wide foot you’ll love the forefoot shape.

What makes them feel so comfortable from the outset if the cushioning. These feel more like a traditional cushioned road shoe but in a trail shoe. This pleases me because I have enjoyed running in cushioned Salomon shoes for the past year and to find a pair that is more aggressively grippy and more cushioned is brilliant.

Despite the extra cushioning the shoes are still surprisingly lightweight. They are lighter than the La Sportiva Bushidos, for example. When running in them they felt a lot more minimalist than I would expect from a fairly thick-soled cushioned trainer. I would compare them favourably to HOKA ONE ONE trainers in terms of a light feel.

The soles offer superb grip. The lugs are many and deep and this means they stick to all kinds of terrain, including grass, wet grass, rocks, trails, gravel and muddy surfaces.

There was actually a kind of suction feel when running on wet and muddy surfaces, rather like Spiderman!

The shoes also felt fine when running on a tarmac road (required to get back to the car). This is because the cushioning is so good. I wouldn’t want to run a lot on tarmac in the shoes because this would wear out the many lugs but when you need to, the shoes are great.

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When comparing the soles and lugs to a range of trainers I would say they seem quite durable. There are certainly more robust and durable looking than Salomon soles but perhaps not as long-lasting as Inov-8 trainers. Time will tell.

The rough-feel laces stayed tied once they have been tied, so that detail has clearly been well thought out.

Water does get into the shoes, such as when running through puddles and bogs, but it also escapes quite easily.

And the trainers look good. This shouldn’t matter because performance is the important thing, but if they can also look good then that’s a bonus.

Cons: What’s not so good about the Saucony Peregrine 6 shoes

Saucony talk about PWRTRAC (power? track?) outsoles. I can’t find any details online about what this is but regardless of the jargon these soles are superb. But why do brands insist on using all these strange jargonistic terms that most people can’t understand?

It’s the same with the EVERUN heel insert. Saucony states: “EVERUN offers CONTINUOUS CUSHIONING. A new breakthrough in cushioning. Helps you run stronger, longer.” This is all very well but how does it do this? I don’t expect them to give away trade secrets but it would be good to have a more detailed explanation. I am presuming that the cushioning is better and thicker and therefore helps you to run for longer.

Photo credit: Fiona Outdoors.

The tongue is a bit short. I had to make sure I pulled it up as far as it would go but even then it only just popped out of the top of the lacing system.

A friend I was running with asked me what the suctioning noise was! He could hear the trainers suctioning on to the wet ground under my feet. I hadn’t noticed this but once he pointed it out, I did. I didn’t mind much but if you prefer silence when running you should take note.

Conclusion

If you like to wear cushioned shoes with tons of grip on all kinds of surfaces these shoes are brilliant. They are one of the comfiest and stickiest pairs of cushioned trail running trainers that I have worn in the past couple of years. The fit is fairly generous so they suit a normal to wide foot. The length is quite generous, too. I have seen the shoes for around £95, rather than £105, online and for this price I think you get a fairly good buy. They are not super cheap but the shoes are versatile, robust, durable and offer lots of cushioning.

Score  
Design 8/10
Features 7.5/10
Performance 9/10
Value 7.5/10
Total 8/10


Other shoes you may want to consider:

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor
Montrail Fluidflex F.K.T. Shoes
Brooks Cascadia 10
Inov-8 Terraclaw 270
Inov-8 Race Ultra 290

About the writer: Fiona is a keen runner, preferring off-road and hilly to flat and road. She lives in Scotland where the weather is fickle so needs to be prepared for all conditions.

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