Saucony Peregrine 8
Women’s 255 g (9 oz.) Men’s 283 g (10 oz.) Drop ratio: 4 mm $150
The latest version of Saucony’s do-all trail companion gets a total retooling, although some of the tweaks are minor. Saucony added a nice soft topsole of Everun in the previous version, and that remains. But the designers have switched up the EVA underneath with a more premium material called PWRFOAM. It’s more responsive and durable. The other big change with the ride of the Peregrine is that it’s now much more flexible. The rock plate is gone, and toothier 6 mm lugs are put in its place to add traction and protection. Flex grooves are also added to make the Peregrine 8 a much more dynamic running experience.
The upper also gets a similarly thorough yet non-invasive reworking. Now, Flexfilm overlays add an overall better fit. After all this tweaking, the Peregrine 8 is a touch heavier than the previous version, but it’s also a better, more widely appealing shoe.