Saucony Peregrine 12 vs. Hoka Speedgoat 4 (2022)

Are you hesitating between the Saucony Peregrine and the Hoka Speedgoat? Not a bad pre-selection! Fortunately, it’s easy to decide because these two shoes have different approaches to trail running.

Let’s start with one of the important points where they are equal: the grip. The shoes have aggressive 5 mm deep lugs to provide excellent grip on the most technical surfaces like mud and even snow. The SG, however, uses Vibram MegaGrip technology, which has an excellent reputation for both trail and hiking. The Peregrine, on the other hand, features the technology developed by Saucony: PWRTRAC. In practice, the difference is difficult to assess but trailers who are used to Vibram might prefer the Speedgoat for this reason.

Let’s move on to the cushioning. This is where the most noticeable difference between these two shoes lies. The Saucony Peregrine has a moderate stack (27 mm in the heel) with a firm feel, while the Hoka Speedgoat offers a softer (while still overall firm) and more generous cushioning with a 32 mm heel stack height. Both shoes have a low drop of 4 mm.

This difference in the sole is reflected in the weight: the Peregrine is lighter with 1.2 oz/34 g less, which is noticeable!

The above point is important as the foot support and the level of protection are equivalent. Nevertheless, the SG is a little more comfortable thanks to a more padded upper and a wider fit (the P12 is a little narrow in the midfoot).

Peregrine vs. Speedgoat : which one to choose?

With its firmer, barer cushioning, the Saucony Peregrine 12 is more for short to medium distances at a fairly fast pace (its lightweight design is a joy to go full speed!).

The Hoka Speedgoat, on the other hand, is comfortable for all distances, including ultra races.

Either way, rest assured, these two great trail running shoes can handle anything you throw at them with their flawless performance in terms of grip, lockdown, and protection.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Saucony Peregrine 12 score
Saucony Peregrine 12
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The Saucony Peregrine 12 is a lightweight, responsive trail running shoe to run fast on the trails.
Lighter weight
Even more responsive ride
Good shock absorption
Effective foot protection
Flawless grip
The middle of the shoe is a bit narrow for wide feet
Stiff heel collar can be a hindrance
Firm cushioning may not be suitable for everyone for long distances
Hoka Speedgoat 4 score
Hoka Speedgoat 4
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An excellent comfortable trail running shoe destined for the most technical terrains.
Great comfort
Excellent grip
Maximum cushioning and responsive at the same time
New upper with a broader toe area
Robust, durable design
Versatile: even though the SG4 excels above all on rugged terrain, it will also be suitable for small dirt roads with no particular technical skills.
Slightly heavier than the previous model

Saucony Peregrine 12

Hoka Speedgoat 4

Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop4 mm4 mm
Heel stack height27 mm32 mm
Forefoot stack height23 mm28 mm
Lugs5 mm
Weight (men)272 g/9.6 oz307 g/10.8 oz
Weight (women)237 g/8.35 oz261 g/9.2 oz
FeaturesGaiter attachment point, Rock plateAvailable in GTX, Toe cap
FitWide feet
Release year20222019
AthletesKarl Metzer


OutsolePWRTRACVibram Megagrip Hi-Traction, 5 mm lugs, flex grooves
MidsolePWRRUNInjection-molded EVA foam, Balanced Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
UpperEngineered meshEngineered mesh, overlays, structural cage, reinforced toe cap


Softness (1-5)2 – Firm
Bounce (1-5)4 – Bouncy


SpeedModerate, fastAll
DistanceShort, midMid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon
WorkoutCompetition, daily runsDaily runs, recovery, speed
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Kevin Le Gall

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.