Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Shoe Review
The Saucony Peregrine 11 ST is Saucony’s most “aggressive trail shoe.” It has deeper lugs than the regular Peregrine and is designed to take on the muddiest and inclement weather conditions. Spoiler: I love it.
It could be my favorite trail shoe yet? Lightweight, cushioned, and enough to take on any trail. First, what does the ST in the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST stand for? ST=Soft Terrain. Soft terrain meaning terrain like mud, snow, or even sand.
Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Quick Facts:
Weight: 11 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 4 mm
Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Fit:
The Peregrine 11 ST upper is more breathable and now has a quick lace system (different from the regular Saucony Peregrine).
There are only two rows of quick laces which are stored in an instep pocket. It keeps the laces from getting stuck in branches and bushes. I’ve never really been a fan of shoes with quick laces. Hoka tried this for a while and realized it wasn’t working for them. The Saucony Peregrine 11 ST is the first shoe that the quick laces make sense, feel ok, and I can get a good fit.
It also features a debris-resistant upper that is reinforced with 3D-printed overlays and a mesh shield over the tongue. This allows for even more protection from random junk getting in your shoe while out on the trails.
The fit of the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST is one of the better in the shoe world. There is plenty of room for your toes to splay, and the midfoot and heel feel secure.
Typically in running shoes, I wear between a women’s size 10-11 wide. All that was left was a men’s size 9.5, so I ended up with that (equal to about a women’s 11). It fits perfectly (and I rarely say a shoe is a *perfect* fit).
Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Ride:
A little-known fact about Northern California and Napa is that it rains: a lot. There are many days I’m running in torrential downpours and 40 degrees. I would never have expected that! Anyway, needless to say, there are a lot of days that trails are extremely muddy, and I need traction.
First, about the midsole of the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST: Like the regular Peregrine, the midsole uses Saucony’s PWRRUN material. It’s both responsive and cushioned without being too bulky.
The Peregrine 11 ST uses 6.5 m lugs and performs better on terrain like snow, mud, and sand. When I first tried on the shoe, the deep lugs were the first thing I noticed. I was slightly worried: will I feel no cushion and all lugs when I run? The PWRRUN makes the shoe soft when running, but the lugs allow you to grip almost anything.
It can do any trails, but you can feel the difference when you are on extremely muddy trails. Like snow tires on your car, you feel the traction. As someone notorious for falling, the Peregrine 11 ST has kept me upright more than once on trails.
I’ve run about 100 miles in the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST. All on trails, and I’ve found it works best for those muddy and soft trails. It’s my shoe of choice if there have been rainy days beforehand. Despite trying multiple trail shoes, including the carbon-plated North Face, VECTIV Flight, I still like the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST better.
Saucony Peregrine 11 ST Conclusion:
To be honest, I am shocked with how much I like the Peregrine 11 ST. I was somewhat worried about the quick lace system but haven’t had any issues with it. I thought it would be a solid trainer for me, not my favorite trail shoe of 2021. I don’t have any issues with it. If you find yourself running on many muddy surfaces, the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST is a great option.
Finally, which is better for your needs: The Peregrine 11 or the Peregrine 11 ST?
If you find yourself on muddy, snowy, or extremely sandy trails more often than not, then the Peregrine ST is a better fit. If you find yourself on easy and runnable trails that aren’t muddy or sandy, the Peregrine is a better option. Both shoes can do almost everything on trails, but the Peregrine is better for those softer terrain trails that you need more traction.
My Current Shoe Rotation:
Easy/Daily Runs Saloman Sonic 3 Balance, Brooks Glycerin 18, Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3, Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo, Brooks Ricochet 3, Nike Pegasus 37, New Balance 1080 v11, Hoka Bondi 7, Asics GlideRide.
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite trail shoe?
Have you tried the Saucony Peregrine 11 ST?