Saucony Peregrine 3, $118
9.9 oz.; 8.7 oz.
Fit: The Peregrine 3 had a performance-ready streamlined fit from heel to toe, snug throughout with a little bit of wiggle room in the toe box.
Feel: Our testers really liked the feel of the newest version of the Perengrine. “Like my foot, but better.” “Unobtrusive.” “Just what I need, nothing more.” The underfoot cushion trends to firm without being hard, and the seamless upper breathes, but manages to keep trail grit at bay.
Ride: One tester called this a “sweet spot shoe,” thanks to the merging of cushion, moderate multi-directional tread, ample protection and a 4mm drop that make for a quick turnover, running-for-joy-of-it experience on a variety of trails. It doesn’t hug the turns quite like the minimalist Kinvara TR, but the additional structure makes this a more forgiving shoe against rocks, roots and stride lapses.