Saucony Xodus 11 vs. Peregrine 12 (2022)

Saucony Xodus 11 vs. Peregrine 12 (2022)

These two trail shoes are complementary in the Saucony series: the Xodus is more cushioned with a soft underfoot feel. Conversely, the Peregrine offers a better ground feel but its cushioning is firm and more limited.

The protection offered by the Xodus 11 is slightly better. However, the Peregrine’s protection remains very good even on technical trails. Both shoes benefit from a rock plate.

The same goes for grip: both shoes provide a perfect grip with their powerful 5 mm lugs. The Peregrine does a little better: mud can be a challenge for the Xodus, but it’s the case with the vast majority of trail running shoes.

Finally, with its more stripped-down configuration, the Peregrine 11 is lighter with 1.1 oz/30 g less. The Peregrine 12 does even better with 2.3 oz/65 g less (it weighs only 9.6 oz/272 g). With over 10.6 oz/300 g on the scale, the Xodus is objectively a heavy shoe.

Peregrine vs Xodus: which one to choose?

It’s really a matter of preference. If you like a comfortably cushioned, soft underfoot shoe for comfortable long-distance running, then the Xodus is for you.

If you prefer a good ground feel while running on trails, then the Peregrine is a better choice. However, its firm cushioning may not lend itself to very long distances such as ultramarathon races. In any case, this is something that varies from person to person depending on your preferences and experience.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Pros
Cons
A very good trail running shoe combining comfort, cushioning, and versatility for long runs.
Versatile trail running shoes that adapt to all terrains
Soft but responsive cushioning
Effective grip
More durable and better fitting upper
Good protection against rocks
Still a bit heavy; it hasn’t dropped below 300 g/10.6 oz yet
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 counter can be a hindrance
Firm cushioning may not be suitable for everyone for long distances

Saucony Xodus 11

Saucony Peregrine 12

Technical Specs

TerrainTrailTrail
Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop4 mm4 mm
Heel stack height34 mm27 mm
Forefoot stack height30 mm23 mm
Lugs5 mm5 mm
Weight (men)337 g/11.9 oz272 g/9.6 oz
Weight (women)292 g/10.3 oz237 g/8.35 oz
FeaturesRock plateGaiter attachment point, Rock plate
Release year20212022

Technologies

OutsoleFlex grooves, PWRTRACPWRTRAC
MidsolePWRRUN+PWRRUN
UpperEngineered meshEngineered mesh

Cushioning

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

Use

SpeedSlow, moderateModerate, fast
DistanceMid, long, 10 km, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathonShort, mid
WorkoutDaily runsCompetition, daily runs