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Cory Soulliard is a Runner’s Edge Ambassador for the 2018/19 season. You can usually find him volunteering or running at almost all of our Runners Edge events! Since he is an avid winter runner and always braving the elements, we asked him to review the Saucony Peregrine Ice 8+. Check out his thoughts below and you can also follow his adventures with his pup on intagram @corysoulliard.

Caution, ice is slippery!

Now that we have that out of the way I will start with a few things that these shoes cannot do. They do not prevent ice from being slippery. They also will not prevent the string of curses that will enter your mind later this winter (and may come out your mouth) after too many weeks of running on the rutted, icy, frozen roads in Missoula.

What will these shoes do for you?
Well have you ever driven a car in the winter weather with snow tires? I would consider these shoes the snow tires of the running world. I don’t take my snow tires off if the roads are dry and I would not hesitate to wear these shoes when the roads or trails are free from ice and snow. In fact I think that is possibly the biggest asset of these shoes. If you know you will be spending your entire run in snow and ice then I would recommend picking up something from Kahtoola, DueNorth, or your favorite sharp winter accessory. If you don’t have any then I am sure the crew at Runners Edge can fix that problem. If your run is like many of mine have been lately (mix of pavement, dirt, rocks, ice, and snow) then these shoes will help a lot. Since they are built on a proven trail shoe they can handle every type of trail I throw at them. The traction is terrific! When I come around the shady corner into the snow there is no need to change my stride. If the next corner is solid ice, well then I still do need to run with a little caution. They do not act like metal spikes! However, like a good set of snow tires, they do improve traction over regular trainers and with a few carefully placed steps I am past the ice and still running. I will throw out the disclaimer that I have already owned Peregrines in the past and loved them so I probably went in with high hopes and they did not disappoint.

How about the shoes?
There have been some changes with the Peregrine 8 from previous models. They have removed any kind of rock plate and increased the amount of foam underfoot. In a recent trip around Lake Como (when I was not running across the actual frozen lake) I was intentionally taking some of the lines that were littered with rocks to see if I could tell a difference. My feet did not feel any discomfort. The biggest increase in comfort I noticed was due to the Runshield upper. They are not waterproof, but they are extremely water resistant. I have had them in the cold snow, wet snow, and rain and my feet have been dry every time. The dry snow is usually fine, but I often return with wet feet after being out in the rain or sloppy snow. I plan to add a pair of short gaiters and continue testing these all winter! The outsole has changed a little and the Ice+ have the addition of the Vibram Arctic Grip to help with the slippery sections, but they still maintain the great grip I remember. They are still a neutral trail shoe sporting the 4mm drop and a great new upper.

Conclusion
Traction devices for your shoes are like tire chains, the absolute best when the going gets really rough. On all those other days when you want to be able to cruise at higher speeds and across varied terrain then these trail shoes will not let you down. I think the Peregrine Ice will see a lot of use this winter!

Lee Macholz is one of our 2018/2019 RErun ambassadors. She is a stud! After work and family time, she still manages to volunteer and/or run many events through Runners Edge and Run Wild Missoula. We asked her to review the new Saucony Xodus to show how burly this shoe really is! Here are her thoughts below…

I had the opportunity to put the Saucony Xodus ISO 3 to the test last weekend as I ran 22 miles across the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Trail conditions varied from smooth well-worn single track to completely overgrown let’s-play-avoid-the-rocks-when-you-can’t-see-your-feet to jungle-gym-style blowdown to stream crossings and squishy squelchy mud. Let’s just say it was a true Montana wilderness experience! But the Xodus carried me through it all in comfort and definitely helped me trust my feet in some pretty tricky footing. Here’s a breakdown of the features of this workhorse of a trail shoe…

FIT: The Xodus touts Saucony’s ISOFIT, which I was a little skeptical of at first, but after my second run it won me over. There is not a traditional tongue, but rather more of a sock-like upper with flexible side pieces for the laces. I have a very high instep that often prevents me from even getting my foot into a boot or shoe (I can’t even get my foot halfway into a Keen sandal) and many shoes that are not adjustable over the instep will cause my feet to go numb. But the ISOFIT is soft and stretchy and flexible enough that it molds over my foot without cutting off circulation and then you can adjust the laces to keep the shoe tight in all the right places. I really think the ISOFIT will work for all kinds of feet. The other common issue is the size of the toe box. I like a wide toe box and the Xodus was perfect – no blisters, hot spots, or even tenderness on my toes at all (I did end up with a half-size larger than normal).
The back of the shoe and the front tab are both very tall. Neither are stiff so I didn’t have any rubbing or blisters, but I did feel like my tab-style socks were disappearing. My socks were not necessarily slipping under my foot, but I felt like I wanted to keep pulling them up. I think that I’ll wear a higher sock with these shoes next time I’m out for a big day.

Cushion: I’ve also been hesitant to move away from a trail shoe with a rock-plate because I got so used to the protection it offered in my beloved Pearls. I was very pleased with the performance of the extra cushion in the Xodus, it felt more like the level of cushion I like in a road shoe and with the strong sole I didn’t feel the sharpness of any rocks on the trail.

Sole: The rubber sole of the Xodus is really grippy. It was so noticeable that I think my husband started getting annoyed by my comments on how grippy my shoes were! I love to scramble on rocks and the Xodus feels like I can really trust my footing on DRY rocks and wood. I emphasize dry, because I was so confident in my feet that I didn’t pay enough attention when I hit a wet rock and suddenly my feet were sliding sideways out from under me. This is the only real con I have found with this shoe – the rubber is not so great on wet wood or rock. I think it will be ok on wet rock that has some relief to it because the tread is deep, but I slipped around a lot on smoother rocks and wood that were wet.

Overall Performance: Overall, the Xodus is a solid trail shoe. They stood up well to a variety of trail conditions. They were comfortable even after being thoroughly submerged in a creek crossing – they did feel like they held the water in a bit longer than other shoes, but not long enough to be uncomfortable or feel heavy. I really like the flexibility, feeling of the upper, and adjustability of the laces. I think they are definitely Rut-worthy!

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!

Tim Mosbacher is a staple in the Missoula running community. He is currently trying to run a marathon in every state and because of this runs thousands of miles every year. He recently tested out the brand new Saucony Triumph ISO 4, the first version with a complete Everun Midsole and shared his thoughts. 

I have run in over 50 pairs of shoes in the last ten years.  I wonder if the cost of those shoes was cheaper than a gym membership.   All but one pair were acquired through the Runner’s Edge (I earned a pair of shoes when I won the Bozeman Half Marathon).  Many I have loved, some I have tolerated, and some I was miserable in.  It is always hard to predict when trying them on in the store what my experience with a shoe will be.  Shoe companies also make it difficult when they tweak their shoes every year.  By looking at the chart at left, it is easy to tell that Brooks shoes and my running seem to go well together.

Brand
Brooks
Mizuno
Adidas
Saucony
Hoka
New Balance
Karhu
Shoes
33
10
3
3
3
1
1
 Mileage
~13,500
~4,400
~2,300
~1,300
~1,000
~250
~400


Even though I favor Brooks shoes, I try to run some miles every week in different brands or styles of shoes.  These past few months I have been giving the New Balance 860 a trial (and loving it) as well as assessing the newly released Saucony Triumph ISO 4.  The rest of this review will focus on the Triumph.

I have worn two other pairs of Saucony before, both being Saucony Exodus trail shoes.  Saucony has a good fit.  They are just comfortable the minute you put your feet into them.  The Triumph is no different.  The heel area of the shoe is extremely comfortable and ultra-padded.  It does feel like it runs slightly lower in height (much like Adidas) than many of my Brooks shoes.

Saucony boasts of an ISOFIT which consists of a glove like fit once you insert your foot into the shoe.  The tongue has comfortable padding and is part of the shoe.  The shoe has an 8mm drop compared to the 10mm drop of most of my other shoes.  The EVERRUN sole is soft, providing a smooth ride. 

The Triumph is a comfortable, padded shoe.   This added padding provides comfort, yet adds weight.  At nearly 11 ounces, it is a heavy shoe.  Despite this weight, it feels light.  The shoe feels like it propels you forward.  I have worn it during interval workouts and have enjoyed the shoe.  I cannot say this about my favorite heavy shoe, the Brooks Glycerin.  I would never wear the Glycerin on an interval workout.

The Triumph runs large.  I traditionally purchase a shoe that is a size 9.5.  In the Triumph I wear a 9.  The shoe runs a little narrower than what I normally am comfortable with.  It took a couple of runs before I could get the lacing adjusted correctly for the width of my foot.  This led to some discomfort on those initial runs, but the soreness has gone away as the adjustments have been corrected. 

Go into Runner’s Edge and try on a pair of the new Saucony Triumphs. Tell them Tim sent you.

 

Rachel Brumfield can be seen racing anything from the Resolution Run to Eleven Miles to Paradise, but also likes to explore and spends time in the mountains during the summer. You can follow her adventures on instagram @rachbrums. As a 2017/2018 RErun she tested the Saucony Ride Gore-Tex shoe and gave us her thoughts.

Saucony Ride 10 GTX: A Winter Runner’s Dream

Once upon a time, a very nice sales associate at my local running store introduced me to the Saucony Ride. At the time, they were not the cute, classy or cool choice – but they fit like Cinderella’s glass slipper. For over a decade, the Ride has proven itself as my go-to running shoe. I’ve put them (12+ pairs!) through everything – XC races, muddy trail runs, rocky hikes, marathons, half marathons, etc.

Naturally, I was very excited to test the GORE TEX version of my favorite shoes for Runner’s Edge. I’ll start by covering a few of what I consider to be the best aspects of the Saucony Ride, then move on to my thoughts on the GTX model.

Specs

Saucony Ride 10 Saucony Ride 10 GTX
Weight 8.4 oz 9.0oz
Heel Drop 8mm 8mm
Cushion Moderate Moderate
Tech Everun Topsole, Tri-Flex outsole Everun Topsole, Tri-Flex outsole 


Fit

These shoes are a well-known neutral option for good reason. They’re lightweight (8.4oz) with sufficient, but not over-the-top cushioning. With a 8mm heel drop, the slope is moderate enough to suite the heel-striker (guilty!) to the toe-runner. The upper feels snug and stable, without being too tight.  While you don’t notice arch support at first, my high arches have never taken issue to pounding out miles in these shoes. The Ride also nails the roomy toe box – plenty of space without feeling like you’re carrying extra inches on your feet.

Durability

While the Ride has always held up well, I have been especially pleased with the durability of the Ride 9 and 10. The upper material was upgraded to a tighter knit (though still very breathable), which I think was a big style and functionality improvement. It’s tough to tear them and easier to rinse off the grime of a long and wet trail run. I’ve been known to stretch my shoes to 800+ miles, and while I’d never recommend it, these shoes certainly don’t scream REPLACE ME. (For reference, it’s recommended to replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles. I can say from experience it’s worth it.)

Other Favorite Features

I would be doing you a disservice by not mentioning this shoe’s laces. Narrow and flat with just a little bit of stretch, they are hands-down one of my favorite features. I rarely double knot them and never worry about them coming untied mid-run.

Style

Unlike the early versions of the Ride (see intro – not cool shoes), Saucony has really upped the game in terms of style. The Ride 10 comes in six different colors, including a bright red which I personally think is the fastest option.

Price

Another reason I’m drawn to the Ride again and again is price. They fall right in the middle of the spectrum at $120 or $140 for the GTX.

GORE TEX is great

First off, I can’t believe I grew up in Oregon and never knew they made GORE TEX running shoes. I’ve spent countless hours spent slogging through rainy runs, only to put on soggy running shoes the next morning. And somehow, no one ever told me there are water proof running shoes. GORE TEX is a game-changer! I have run these puppies through puddle after puddle and have come away with dry socks. (Of course, nothing can really save you from the water that splashes in from the top. Except maybe gators? That may need to be my next investment.)

Besides the water-proof anomaly, I also noticed the GTX version of the shoe kept my feet a bit warmer. They also seem to provide a bit more traction than the normal model. Other than that, all the benefits of the Ride were consistent in the GTX model. Lightweight, comfortable, great laces, neutral support and highly versatile.

Summary

In summary, the Ride should be your next running shoe. They are a great friend through the miles and are now stylish enough to wear around town. If you plan to log off-season miles this winter, the GTX model is an excellent option. I think dry and warm feet are worth the extra $20 – but I’ll let you see for yourself.