After a tour of the Oisans and Ecrins by stages and a TDS, I can now make a good return on Saucony Peregrine.

I discovered this shoes through the runblogger test (you have a translation by noobcoureur here ). Not necessarily fan of the brand Saucony, I was attracted to these shoes first by their weight (258gr in 42) and the 4mm only drop between the heel and the front . These are characteristics that place it in the category of New Balance MT101 or Mizuno Harrier.

But this is another blogger run article on the adaptation of the body to the hardness of the ground / cushioned couple that made me think. I let you read the article but to be simple, the author finds that his body responds well with very soft amortized (Saucony Kinvara), where no amortized at all (five fingers).But with a bit harder he does not feel good.

So far I have had shoes with hard amortization (mizuno harrier especially but also inov8, sportiva crosslite or montrail mountain masochist). As on my two ultras over 100km I had some pain in the pose of the foot towards the end of the race, so I wanted to try the shot with cushioning more “soft”.

Indeed, with the Peregrine we immediately feel that the sweetness is not fake, it is also a little confusing. At first, I wondered if I was still in the field of minimalism or if I did not resume the slope of traditional large depreciations.But after a few miles I quickly reassured, the low drop allows me to attack naturally with the forefoot, and the featherweight makes the shoe quite dynamic (not as much as Xtalon anyway). Nothing to report on the hook is very good.

On distances below the marathon I am strong enough to cash the roughness of the ground, so I will prefer X-heels 212 to feel the ground and have a more aggressive stride. But on an Ultra of 100km and more, I vote without question for the Peregrine , which I lose a little in sensation (we do not feel all the small pebbles and other roots) I gain comfort in the long term and therefore in well being mental. If the mind does not have to focus on the feet after 10 hours of running he can use his psychic energy to do something else.

And that’s what happened on the TDS. At no time did I complain of my feet .I only felt the formation of a little horn on the front of the foot at the impact. I thought for a moment that it was a blister but not even. The space in the front is wide enough for my foot so even with a swelling of the foot it does not feel cramped (provided you take a size a little above) and my toenails n ‘ have not suffered either.

In terms of resistance, it does not look too bad (will be seen after 1000km), the outsole does not seem almost worn despite the 300km of technical roads. The mesh seems to hold too, even if it seems the weak point of the shoe. By being very flexible it takes the shape of the foot which contributes to comfort.

If one considers that the perfect shoe is the one that meets your specific needs at a given time, then the Saucony Peregrine are without question my perfect shoes of the moment on ultras.

Below are some comparative photos with the other shoes mentioned:

Mizuno Harrier:
+++ close to the ground and stable
++ light and dynamic, good grip
– rather hard cushioning
My opinion: On soft ground or fat it is a very good shoe. Hard cushioning is penalizing after the 10 hours of races.

Inov8 Xtalon 212:
+++ lightness, super aggressive, close to the ground and stable.
++ very resistant despite the featherweight
– little foot protection, very light cushioning
My opinion: Formula 1 of the trail shoe but does not forgive mistakes.

New Balance MT101:
+++ lightness, very dynamic
++ Very comfortable
– very little stability on technical ground (even more the European version), moreover the foot is not kept in reverse.
My opinion: great shoe on rolling ground or road to avoid for very engaged trails.

Saucony Peregrine:
+++ soft cushioning and very comfortable
++ lightness and stability
– not very aggressive