Overall, we really like the Peregrine 12 and find its many updates to be value-added enhancements. In essence, it is a vastly improved, do-everything trail runner that’s equally at home on sloppy trails with a lot of mud and moisture as it is on routes with rocks, roots and gravel or smooth, dry dirt paths.
It’s an ideal shoe for training multiple times a week on trails, but it could also be a great race-day shoe for trail running events from 5K to half marathon. It could be sufficient for a trail marathon or an ultra-distance race for runners who are light on their feet, but because it doesn’t have hefty cushioning like some maximally cushioned trail shoes, we suspect some runners might prefer a shoe with a thicker midsole for longer distances.
If you liked running in the Peregrine 10 or Peregrine 11, you’ll love the Peregrine 12. Our testers appreciate that Saucony designers went out of their way to significantly upgrade this model without drastically changing it. If you’re looking for just one trail shoe for all of your off-road running endeavors, the Peregrine 12 is a good one to consider. It does everything pretty well without any significant shortfalls.
“This could be the only trail running shoe I need,” one reviewer concludes. “I run trails a few times every week and this shoe would serve me well.”