Available January 2018 – MSRP $120.00
While previous models of the Saucony Peregrine received very positive reviews, designers at Saucony want to keep improving on that experience. With the Saucony Peregrine 8 all areas of the shoe received either minor tweaks or large updates to improve the way that the Peregrine 8 handles varied terrain.
As with the Peregrine 7, the Saucony Peregrine 8 includes a full-length EVERUN topsole to generate a responsive ride with long-lasting cushioning. However, the remainder of the midsole updated to the more premium PWRFOAM compound, as opposed to the SSL EVA foam used in the previous model. This change should result in improved underfoot comfort without sacrificing the responsive ride that fans of the previous Peregrine models have come to enjoy.
The outsole of the Peregrine 8 is also strikingly different. The rock plate included in the Peregrine 7 was removed, and the PWRTRAC outsole is beefed up with 6.0 mm lugs. In addition to providing protection from rocks, this thicker outsole design should increase traction and prevent slipping in a wider variety of terrain. Designers also added flex grooves along the forefoot to improve the flexibility of the shoe as it moves across roots, rocks, and other obstacles.
While less prominent than the updates to the midsole and outsole, the upper of the Peregrine 8 is reconfigured as well. Designers removed the TPU webbing on the previous version and updated the structure of the Flex Film overlays around a new panel-style wrap that is very similar to the ISOFIT system used in other models. With a new engineered mesh as well, the upper of the Peregrine 8 should provide a more adaptive and comfortable fit.
As a result of these changes the reported weights of the men’s and women’s Saucony Peregrine 8 are 1.7 and 1.9 ounces heavier than the production models of the respective Peregrine 7 models.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 25 mm heel, 21 mm forefoot, 4 mm heel-toe offset
Weight*: 11.3 oz (men’s size 9), 10.0 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
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