Typical road runner, Ruben Costa has long wanted to explore the Trail and the opportunity came with the recent Saucony Peregrine 10 ST. After several kilometers, has a new corridor won the sport?
In my short career as an amateur runner, which started only in 2015, I only participated in a Trail race for once. It was in that same year of 2015 and I ran only 17 kilometers. And, in 111 races that I already participated, why did I only do a Trail?
In fact, for no particular reason. Or because I had no company and never went pulled for this or because I was not going to travel by car to a mountain, mountain, beach, etc. to train. I really don’t know … But despite that, when the invitation to try the Saucony Peregrine 10 ST Trail, I didn’t hesitate.
This analysis of mine will be based on my impressions and sessions of this model in the various training sessions not having any Saucony Trail model for comparison and also not making any kind of comparison with previous versions of the Peregrine model.
As a first impression, I confess that I immediately liked the combination of the red / black color: uniform red in all of the sneakers with the area around the ankle in black. The Saucony symbol is well highlighted and very visible. It immediately gives an idea of being a somewhat heavy model but, at the same time, robust, solid. Because they are very closed, the mesh itself (and in a way the entire structure of the sneakers) gives an air of being impermeable and, eventually, even little breathable.
It is a low drop model, 4mm. I weighed it on my kitchen scale and, for size 45, it gave me 373 grams. Heavy, but for Trail tennis it must be normal (I am used to road tennis).
As for the sole, it is composed of a rubber that Saucony calls PWRTrac, with a big pad, strategically placed and designed to grip the terrain well. There is, as I have seen in other Saucony and other brands, the possibility of drilling holes to allow water to drain or even placing metal spikes for extra grip. From what I’ve researched, Peregrine 10 or Peregrine GTX have.
The midsole is in PWRRUN +, theoretically designed for provide greater energy return with each stride.
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This model is called ST, that is, Soft Terrain. Probably the idea of Saucony is to have in this model a alternative for when training / racing is on sandy terrain or with loose or compacted soil, with grass or even some mud, with some irregularity or even with rock.
But let’s put on and go running with the Peregrine 10 ST …
When I put them on, I didn’t find them tight. By the way, I immediately felt a good grip and fit the entire structure of the foot, this is made possible by FormFit technology.
In the first meters of the race I immediately felt a feeling of comfort and great reactivity in each step, provided by the combination of FormFit, PWRTrac and PWRRun +.
Even with irregularities in the terrain, and up or down, I never felt that my feet were loose inside my sneakers, I believe that something fundamental in the Trail. Whether going up or down, I felt that they had a good grip on the floor, even on sand, gravel or dirt. In this perspective, PWRTrac and PWRRun + technology are felt to work together.
As I mentioned earlier, the mesh and the entire structure of the tennis shoes gave an feeling of impermeability.
In training I went through some streams with some water, although little, everything to test if the mesh was really waterproof. Really, if the passage is fast, no water enters, but if it takes longer or is a passage where the water forces you to submerge more sneakers, we probably won’t be so lucky.
But I liked the feeling of getting my sneakers wet and not feeling my feet wet. However, I felt some heat, something that was inevitable because they were more closed in seeking to provide such impermeability.
In short, it is difficult to find negative aspects in this model. I really enjoyed these Saucony Peregrine 10 ST. They combine FormFit very well, with PWRTRAC, with PWRRUN +. Gives an excellent combination of firmness, grip and power.
Firmness because the entire structure, from the mesh, laces and fasteners, holds the foot very well inside the sneakers; grip because I really felt that they gripped the ground well, without difficulty; power because they gave a very reactive and responsive response. They also gave a feeling of protection and security in terms of traction, both down and up.
As for the outer mesh, water resistant, leaves no fear of passing through water. However, it causes some heating and perhaps this is the least good aspect, a price to pay for waterproofing.
- FormFit technology that gives structure and support to the foot
- PWRTRAC outsole with enough padding to give good grip
- PWRRUN + midsole gives great energy return in stride
- Solid and compact mesh
- Protection / resistance against water;
- Feeling of some heating because the fabric is not breathable;