I fell in love with Saucony Peregrines a couple of years ago when I ran the Mohican 100 in them.
They say it's foolish to try something new in a race, but I did something foolish: Less than 2 weeks before Mohican I went to buy a new pair of the ASICS I had been using. No one in town had my size, so I decided to try something different. I tried on a variety of shoes and liked how the Peregrines felt. They were much lighter and lower to the ground than what I was used to, but I decided to go out on a limb and try them. I just got in a couple of short runs in them before the race and then ran wore them for the whole race. Other than wishing for a little more cushion on the downhills, I felt good in them. I ended up finishing my most difficult 100 miler with no blisters and a new favorite shoe.
Peregrines are light and low to the ground, but quite protective. They have a 4mm drop, which encourages a forefoot strike. They are low to the ground, giving the runner a good amount of trail feel, but the rock plates protect the feet very well from all the rocks one steps on. As I mentioned, at Mohican I wished for a little more cushion on the downhills, but it seems the my form adapted, and now I'm happy with the amount of cushion. On my feet they fit snug, so my feet don't move around too much in the shoes. The tread grips well in all but the sloppiest conditions. Overall I feel confident and light on my feet in my Peregrines.
I felt so confident running in Peregrines that I chose them for my 130 mile 3 day fastpacking trip. I wondered if a heavier, more supportive shoe would be better for so many miles of running and hiking with a backpack, but in the end, I went with the Peregrines because they just felt right, and they did not disappoint me.
If you want a shoe that's almost minimalist but provides plenty of protection for the feet, I recommend trying the Saucony Peregrine.