Brooks Cascadia vs. Saucony Peregrine Comparison

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.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Pros
Cons
More comfortable without losing ground feel, the Brooks Cascadia 16 is a trail running shoe that offers cushioning and protection for all scenarios.
Great comfort
Very good grip on all terrains
Softer, more flexible cushioning that continues to provide a good ground feel
Durable shoe
Looser upper for wide feet, without compromising on fit for others
Still a bit heavy, even if it’s finally under 10.6 oz/300 g
Saucony Peregrine 11
Saucony Peregrine 11
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The Saucony Peregrine 11 offers excellent value for venturing onto the most technical trails.
A very comfortable upper that offers an effective lockdown
Comfortable, stable, and responsive cushioning
Great grip
Very good foot protection
Heavyweight
Firm cushioning may not be suitable for everyone, especially for longer distances

Brooks Cascadia 16

Technical Specs

TerrainTrailTrail
Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop8 mm4 mm
Lugs3.5 mm5 mm
Heel stack height29 mm27 mm
Forefoot stack height21 mm23 mm
Weight (men)298 g/10.5 oz310 g/10.9 oz
Weight (women)269 g/9.5 oz270 g/9.5 oz
Release year20212021
FeaturesGaiter attachment point, Available in GTX, Toe bumper, Wide feet, Rock plate, VeganRock plate, Toe bumper, Available in GTX

Technologies

OutsoleTrailTackPWRTRAC, flexible woven rock plate
MidsoleBallistic Rock Shield, DNA Loft v2PWRRUN
UpperEngineered meshAir Mesh

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)4 – Soft2 – Firm
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate4 – Bouncy

Use

SpeedAllAll
DistanceMid, long, ultramarathonMid, long, ultramarathon
WorkoutDaily runningCompetition, daily running
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