2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Saucony Peregrine 2, $100

www.saucony.com

Weight – M: 9.9 oz.; W: 8.7 oz.

FIT: Like the first incarnation of this shoe, the Peregrine 2 has a snug fit from heel to toe. The low-volume toebox feels a bit cramped, offering just enough room for the toes to wiggle a bit, but the narrow fit contributes to the shoe’s agility.

FEEL: This shoe has a firm but agile feel with enough cushioning to maintain comfort on longer runs or rugged trails. It’s not super-light, but it does have a low heel-toe drop (4mm) conducive to good running form and fast running. A gusseted tongue helps keep dirt and debris out.

RIDE: The Peregrine 2 offers a stable, reassuring ride on all types of terrain, but excels on more technical trails. The firm feel gives this shoe a zesty responsiveness, and combined with a low-profile forefoot, makes this shoe a good option for short-distance racing. A moderately aggressive outsole tread offers up secure traction on a variety of surfaces but isn’t too overbearing for smoother trails.

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