Disclaimer: Saucony Canada reached out to me in October to inform me they were sending me some products to test at no cost. The opinions herein are entirely the author’s.
If you live in Eastern North American, and like me, prefer to run outdoors year round, at some point you’re going to run over ice and snow. For the past three years, my choice of winter running shoes has changed as my needs evolved. The first Winter I barely ran at all due to an injury. The following Winter I ran in the Saucony Ride 6 which didn’t keep my feet dry nor did they provide much traction; at the time, I was still relatively new to Winter running so trail running shoes was a foreign concept to me.
Last Winter, I started my journey to qualify for Boston 2017 which meant I would be doing a lot of Winer running as I prepared for my Spring goal race. I purchased the Saucony Stratos GTX trail shoes on a whim. I liked the treads, the waterproof shell, but most of all, I really liked the price. The shoes were great and served their purpose and I still have them in my closet; I was prepared to use them again this Winter; that was until I slipped my foot into the Saucony Peregrine Ice+.
What I like most about the Peregrine Ice+ is they aren’t flashy. In fact, they look like Winter tires for the feet! The men’s shoe is black/navy with blue highlights in the logo and tread. The women’s shoe is black/blue with teal highlights. Speaking of treads, the bottom of the shoe is constructed with something called Vibram Arctic Grip for “exceptional grip and traction across icy surfaces.”
The first thing I noticed about the Peregrine Ice+ was the fit. They’re snug and also fairly lightweight considering their rugged construction. They have a 4mm drop (similar to my Saucony Kinvaras) resulting in a more natural feel. They aren’t as light as my Kinvaras, but they are an entirely different shoe for a different purpose. They are, however, roughly the same weight as my Saucony Ride 9, which has been my go-to training shoe throughout the Summer and Fall. I also noticed how warm and cozy my feet felt in them. There’s probably no scientific reason for this, more just an observation that peaked my interest considering I would be testing them in fresh snow on the Beltline trail near my home.
The first time I ran in the Peregrine Ice+, I knew they were the real deal. I wore them on the trail run my friend Heather and I organized a few weeks ago. The trail was fairly technical and there was some snow on the ground. I didn’t have to contend with ice, but I did come across a few sketchy patches on the trail requiring a good grip and the Peregrine Ice+ performed very well! The shoe’s “highly flexible midsole allows you to adapt to uneven surfaces while the EBO rock plate provides protection from whatever may cross your path”.
The real test occurred a few days later when Toronto got hit with its first substantial snowfall of the season. I grabbed by Peregrine Ice+ and headed to the Beltline Trail near my home. This time I wanted to test the FLEXSHELL-protected upper which is highly water-resistant. I powered through patches of ankle-deep snow and loved how my feet stayed dry and felt warm the entire time!
The final test was days later when I ran through the same Beltline Trail which by now had produced a few icy patches, specifically on the Yonge Street overpass. The shoes responded exceptionally well; gripping the ice and proving the confidence I needed to continue my run without slowing down. On some occasions, I did feel my feet slip when I pushed off on my toe, but that’s to be expected as the Vibram Arctic Grip is applied to the midfoot and heel and not the toe.
The Saucony Peregrine Ice+ is packed with features to provide the necessary traction and water resistance you need to run confidently over ice and snow this Winter. I ran 85 kilometers in these shoes to date and they have exceeded my expectations every step of the way. This Winter will be a busy time of year for me with three big races and I can’t take any chances on the road. Thanks to the Peregrine Ice+, I won’t have to.
- Shoe Category: Neutral
- Pronation: Neutral
- Cushion: Responsive
- Construction Type: Trail
- Surface: Ice, Trail, Grass
- Arch: Normal (Mid)
- Water Resistant: Yes
- Waterproof: No
- Offset: 4mm
- Heel Stack Height: 21.5mm
- Forefoot Stack Height: 17.5mm
- Weight: 9.4 oz. | 266 g. Men, 8.5 oz. | 241 g. Women
- Price: $189CAD