Saucony Peregrine 6 Review!
Excellent traction on the trail but uncomfortable heel area
I'll preface this by saying that I didn't rack up a ton of miles in these like I would normally before I do a review. That was because of problems I had with this shoe's design. I think it's important that I review it regardless.
Things I liked
The first thing I noticed about these shoes was the bottom. Holy traction! The aggressive outsole has a ton of grippy lugs on it and in mud it performed great. The front of the shoe has a nice rubber piece that helped to protect my toes when I would accidently hit a root or rock. The overall construction is seemingly pretty solid and it's very aesthetically pleasing. The Peregrine 6 looks super aggressive and awesome! The toe box felt nice and decently wide. I enjoyed the 4mm heel-to-toe drop and felt that the Saucony Everrun midsole was a decent amount of cushioning.
Things I didn't like
For some reason this shoe has a really stiff heel area. I've run a ton in the Saucony Xodus 6.0 (Saucony's other grippy trail shoe) and it's heel is not stiff like the Peregrine's. The heel is so stiff in the Peregrine 6 that after my 20 miler I checked the back of my foot and it was all red and chafed! I'm assuming that this design may work great for some people but for me and my running style - the stiff heel just led to discomfort. Another major reason why I gave this shoe two stars was the ankle soreness I had from the stiff heel area of the shoe against my ankle bone. It caused bruising underneath my ankle. I felt that the heel area came up too high and if they had chopped some of that off and had it lower it would have been better.
Overall, I would say this is a tough shoe to rate because I know the heel/ankle issues that I had aren't something that everyone is going to encounter. If Saucony reduced the heel stiffness and adjusted that area a bit then I could easily see this shoe becoming one of my favorites for soft ground trail running. Until then, my search for the perfect trail shoe continues. The Peregrine 6 retails for $120.00.