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Saucony ProGrid Xodus 3.0 Our Take

February 13th, 2012

Saucony ProGrid Xodus 3.0 Men's Running Shoe

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Run on trails that eat up your feet? The Xodus 3.0 has you covered – literally – with a protective platform and sturdy overlays.
(View Men’s Xodus 3.0 and Women’s Xodus 3.0)

Big Updates

  • Lower Drop: The heel of the Xodus 3.0 drops 3mm while the forefoot rises 5mm. The result is a flatter shoe with a drop of only 4mm.
  • Lighter but Not Lightweight: The Men’s Xodus loses almost an ounce lighter and is now down to 11.3 oz. The Women’s model only loses a fraction of an ounce, and is now at 10.4 oz.
  • More Aggressive Traction: The Xodus 3.0 still has a durable Vibram outsole, but the lugs have been beefed up to improve grip on inclines, declines and loose terrain.
  • Closer Fit: The Xodus 3.0 wraps your foot closely, with a narrower heel and forefoot and a low toebox. The upper feels less “there” than the upper in the Xodus 2.0.

Trail Test

The Xodus 3.0 looks and feels nothing like its predecessor. That’s a positive thing in our eyes. While the Xodus 2.0 was a capable and durable trail shoe, it offered a fairly stiff ride that kept you at a distance from the trail.

With the Xodus 3.0, you’ll be back in touch in a big way. Responsive and smooth are words we heard repeatedly from shoe testers. The mid/outsole moves very well with your foot, and also left testers feeling confident and grounded. Credit the thick lugs that rim the shoe’s wider base for the grounded feel.

There have been a lot of striking shoe designs in recent years, but the Xodus 3.0 really stands out in our eyes as a shoe that advertises its ruggedness. In addition to adding to the look, the shoe’s overlays do a good job of locking down the midfoot.

The lower heel-to-toe drop is noticeable, especially for testers who regularly wear higher offset shoes. We think most runners will settle in with a gradual transition to the new offset. The Xodus 3.0 competes in a class of more traditional trail models including the Brooks Cascadia, Salomon Crossmax, and Adidas Response Trail, but it’s the only “traditional” model with such a low offset. Still, for the runner who wants protection on the trail, the Xodus 3.0 is about as good as it gets in 2012.

Runners Say

“This shoe gives me confidence on the trail. The splayed out lugs help me feel anchored to the ground, and the overlays on the upper really lock you in place.” – Joanna

“For me, this is a way better package than the Xodus 2.0. The transition is so much smoother, which ups the runability factor significantly.” – Matt

“Feels lighter than it is. I really appreciate the flexibility and grip. It’s nice to see Saucony putting thought into its complete line of trail shoes and giving trail runners a lot of options.” – Daniel

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Saucony Peregrine 2 – First Look

January 19th, 2012

Saucony Peregrine 2 Men's Trail Running Shoe

The Peregrine falcon is a bird of prey known for its blazing speed, capable of speeds of over 200 miles per hour. The Saucony Peregrine ain’t that fast, but it’s plenty quick and nimble in its natural environment on the trail.

The original Peregrine was a popular trail shoe, in large part because it ticked a number of the boxes on today’s trail runner’s list, including light weight (9.7 oz Men’s 9), low heel-to-toe drop (4mm), rock protection, and a sticky outsole.

Knowing it has a winner on its hands, Saucony went easy with the updates for the Peregrine 2. They didn’t touch the mid/outsole, but made some key changes to the upper to reduce materials and make the shoe more “minimal.” Saucony claims a weight of 9.9 oz for the Men’s 9, but we expect a lighter measurement than that when we get a chance to weigh the shoe.

As you may have heard, Saucony also will be coming out with a Kinvara TR, a trail running shoe inspired by the popular Kinvara road shoe. This shoe will come in a little lighter than the Peregrine 2, and slots in as a competitor to the New Balance MT110/WT110 and Asics Fuji Racer (Men’s and Women’s). It will have a much more minimal feel than the Peregrine for those runners who prioritize being fleet of feet in the trail setting. Many more details to come closer to the Kinvara TR’s launch in July 2012.

The Black/Green Men’s shoe you see above is scheduled to arrive in our warehouse in mid-March, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day (along with a few other colors – Grey/Black/Red for men and Purple/Blue for women).

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