Brooks Cascadia vs. Saucony Peregrine (2021)
The Brooks Cascadia 16 is a versatile shoe favored by many trail runners, including Scott Jurek. The Saucony Peregrine, on the other hand, has a reputation for being a more stripped-down shoe with even better traction.
The 2021 versions of these two trail running shoes change the game somewhat. The Cascadia 16 is now lighter with 10.5/298 g on the scale against 10.6 oz/310 g for the Peregrine. The latter gains in cushioning without reaching the level of the Cascadia: 27 mm heel stack height vs. 29 mm for the Cascadia.
In terms of underfoot feel, the Cascadia’s cushioning is softer than the Peregrine’s, which is known to be a firm shoe.
When it comes to the grip, the two shoes are almost equal. The Cascadia’s lugs are more shallow than the Peregrine’s (3.5 mm vs. 5 mm), but this doesn’t significantly impact the shoe’s performance, according to the testers.
Finally, the foot lockdown is tighter with the Peregrine. The Cascadia offers a very effective lockdown but is slightly softer and more comfortable.
Cascadia vs. Peregrine: which one should you choose?
We recommend the Brooks Cascadia 16, which offers a much better cushioning to weight ratio. It’s an advanced yet accessible shoe.
At over 10.9 oz/310 g, the Saucony Peregrine 11 is a bit too heavy. However, it may be more suitable for technical trails with its more aggressive lugs.
Very good grip on all terrains
Softer, more flexible cushioning that continues to provide a good ground feel
Looser upper for wide feet, without compromising on fit for others
|Drop||8 mm||4 mm|
|Lugs||3.5 mm||5 mm|
|Heel stack height||29 mm||27 mm|
|Forefoot stack height||21 mm||23 mm|
|Weight (men)||298 g/10.5 oz||310 g/10.9 oz|
|Weight (women)||269 g/9.5 oz||270 g/9.5 oz|
|Features||Gaiter attachment point, Available in GTX, Toe bumper, Wide feet, Rock plate, Vegan||Rock plate, Toe bumper, Available in GTX|
|Outsole||TrailTack||PWRTRAC, flexible woven rock plate|
|Midsole||Ballistic Rock Shield, DNA Loft v2||PWRRUN|
|Upper||Engineered mesh||Air Mesh|
|Softness (1-5)||4 – Soft||2 – Firm|
|Bounce (1-5)||3 – Moderate||4 – Bouncy|
|Distance||Mid, long, ultramarathon||Mid, long, ultramarathon|
|Workout||Daily running||Competition, daily running|
Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner’s Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He’s also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.