Light, Fast & Free: 2014 Summer Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Saucony Peregrine 4

Saucony Peregrine 4, $110

9.4 oz. (men’s), 8.4 oz. (women’s)

26 mm (heel), 22 mm forefoot


Fit: The Peregrine has a snug, ready-inspired fit throughout with just a bit of extra room in the toe box.

Feel: The first impression of the Peregrine for many of our wear-testers was how much this shoe inspired fast running. Although it feels like it’s low to the ground, it actually has a slightly thicker layer of cushioning than its predecessors. The new upper design aids the locked-down fit and offers some durability.

Ride: The Peregrine corners like a sports car on all types of terrain and it has plenty of giddy-up to run fast. But it has enough cushioning to be an everyday trainer, too. Our wear-testers didn’t think it had quite enough protection to run on super-gnarly rocky terrain, but it excels at smooth to moderately technical trails. “This has everything you need in an everyday shoe for smooth and moderately rocky trails,” said one wear-tester. “Just like a Saucony road shoe, but with better traction,” said another.

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