Product Review: Saucony Peregrine 8 – The Stealth of a Raptor

Jenna Lyons is an athlete that does it all. Runs, bikes, skis, you name it. She is currently in her last year of law school and still finds time to represent Runner’s Edge as a RErun Ambassador. She recently tested the Saucony Peregrine 8 and gave us her thoughts.

I was asked to test out the Saucony Peregrine 8. I was impressed, and will definitely continue to
wear these! These shoes are very responsive and made me feel confident and fast in tough
terrain. Like this rad bird of prey.

1. Looks
The color I tested is called “Wine and Peach.” I really love the colors. There is finally a
women’s shoe that is not blue or pink, but rather more sophisticated jewel tones
instead! These are one of the more attractive trail shoes I have seen in a long time.

2. Comfort
These shoes have a super soft upper, yet are supportive in the footbed. They are very comfortable. However, the toebox is narrow, and I prefer it to be a little wider than these are. I have high arches, and these were made for folks with normal arches, so you need insoles if you’re like me. These run true to size. I felt super fast and light in these shoes…also very stable and confident in tough terrain.

3. Functionality
I tested these out in New Mexico on sandy singletrack and on packed snow in Missoula. The shoes worked great on both. I also ran in them in downtown Albequerque (long story), and I wouldn’t recommend using them on the road, which shouldn’t come as a surprise because they are a trail shoe. These shoes come with an aggressive tread, so
they are good on pretty much any surface other than slick ice. I saw a lot (A LOT) of
people wearing the Peregrine 7 at the Rut. That being said, these shoes hold up for local
races and tough terrain.

4. Stats and Features
This is a neutral shoe with a heel stack height of 24.5 mm, forefoot stack height of 20.5
mm. The tread is aggressive, and has traction on multiple surfaces. They are light and
come in at a whopping 9 ounces, which is equivalent to 1/10 of a Chihuahua or one
hamster. They are not waterproof by any means. The arch is normal.

Overall, this is a great shoe that I know many Missoulians love. I would highly recommend
trying them out, especially if you’re planning on doing some local races or more technical days
bopping around in the mountains. They’re also perfect for the more local trail surfaces that we
have here in Missoula, i.e. the Kim Williams trail, Waterworks, Sentinel, Blue Mountain, etc. If
you want to cruise around with the stealth of a raptor, I’d highly recommend you pick up a pair!