Saucony Peregrine 7 is one lightweight, grippy and sexy trail shoe. This is the seventh iteration of the popular offroad beast, which now has updated upper and Everun topsole construction for enhanced energy return. Peregrine 7 weights 9.4 oz and has a 4mm heel to toe drop.
One of the biggest differences in Peregrine 7 versus the 6 is that the 7 has an exoskeleton for enhanced support and protection. TPU Skeleton uses an external webbing that maps the foot for a secure fit. This exoskeleton eliminates the need for any stitching in the upper reducing the chance for hotspots or discomfort to a minimum. The rubberized toe bumper wraps around the entire forefoot, but It’s flexible and thin and offers little protection. The heel cup is updated too, it’s not so rigid because the height is lowered and additional padding is present. The toebox is wider, a little more foot spray is allowed which is a welcome addition.
The outsole looks very aggressive with its 5mm directional lugs for optimal grip and traction across multiple surfaces, Saucony is naming it PWRTRAC. Among the lugs, you can see a rock plate, the carbon-fiber-looking holes. External Bedrock Outsole is layered between the outsole and midsole and is designed to protect the foot from rocks. On top of the midsole is located full-length EVERUN topsole which is supposed to provide enhanced energy return as well as consistent, springy cushioning.
Let’s talk about the ride of the Saucony Peregrine 7. If I have to be short – it’s great! Of course keep in mind that there is not such thing as a perfect running shoe, if it’s good for me, there is not a guarantee that it will be good for you or everybody else.
The Peregrine 7 fits my feet very good. The ride is lightweight, stable and secure. The aggressive outsole is spot on in just about any condition and over any terrain and really excel when climbing and descending, I always have a ton of confidence. Rock protection is very good but the ground feel is somewhat muted. The shoe ride is nimble, fast and responsive thanks to the Everun sole. Unlike past versions the narrow toebox has been eliminated but be careful about sizing, they run a half size small. Breathability is good, summer hot runs are not an issue. The drop of the Peregrine 7 is 4mm and it’s a little bit more demanding than typical 10mm trail shoe. Less drop is more like the natural position of the foot, but it also puts more strain on the muscles and tendons of the foot. In general, more faster shoes are with smaller drop exactly like the Peregrine 7. If you are jumping from a bigger drop shoe, give your feet a little time to get used with the smaller drop, it will stress more your Achilles.
Finally, let me say two words about the appearance of the Peregrine 7 – it is the sexiest shoe, especially in this color, I think I am in love with it.
Currently, Saucony Peregrine 7 retails for around $120.
Saucony Peregrine 7
- Fast and nimble
- TPU exoskeleton for stable fit and good ventilation
- Grippy outsole for various terrain and conditions
- EVERUN cushioning
- 4 mm drop: more like the natural position of the foot
- ½ size small
- 4 mm drop puts more strain on the muscles and tendons