Runner’s World magazine has awarded the Saucony ProGrid Peregrine – you might call it the Kinvara of the trails – the “Editor’s Choice” award. This shoe went from a moderate curiosity to an outright need for me after doing some more research on the shoe.
Right now, I’m doing a lot of trail running (I have a 10k race this Sunday). I hit the trail at least twice a week as a part of my regular marathon training regime. Often it’s a 4-6 mile stretch of trail that I can easily incorporate into my road work so it gives me some nice variety, but there are also some serious trails not far from my house i like to hit every once in awhile. This has amped up my need for a pair of decent trail runners.
I’ve done a lot of research and there are a number of shoes that have piqued my interest. Anything from Inov-8 looks and feels ridiculous. They keep their shoes light and grippy and that’s how I like it. The Newton Terra Momentus is one that I’ve tried on in stores, love, but can’t justify the purchase of at the moment (Daddy needs a sugar momma. Currently accepting applications). There’s also the New Balance Minimus which I’ve known about for over a year and want desperately to put my feet into. It’s minimal (obviously), and tailored to the forefoot/midfoot runner. Merrell has the Trail Glove (awarded Runner’s World “Best Debut”) which
looks promising incorporating the Vibram outsole which has been so successful in the Five Fingers. And there’s also the Montrail Rogue Racer which I haven’t read much about but people seem to rave about. Finally, I just received a sample pair of La Sportiva’s Crosslite 2.0 which are beasts of a shoe that are light and rugged (A review of the Crosslite 2.0s will be coming soon).
Basically, I know what the market holds, I just need to find out how to get ALL of them so I can make a GingerRunner.com worthy comparison (if you are a manufacturer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for review samples)! Then there’s the Saucony Peregrine. I’ve reviewed the Kinvara, liked them a lot, and hear that the Peregrine is built on the same last as the Kinvara. This could be a huge contender in the trail running realm, but I won’t know until I get my feetsies inside their tender supple innards. Saucony, are you listening? (*hint hint*)
In the meantime, enjoy this interesting article with videos of various trail runners and see why Runner’s World awarded the Peregrine their “Editor’s Choice” title. Their videos aren’t as good as mine. There I said it.
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