I just got in some shoes from runningwarehouse.com today. I tried out the Saucony Peregrines, New Balance MT 101s, and Montrail Rogue Racers - all semi-minimal shoes weighing between 7.7 and 9.7 oz for my size 9. Having worn the Trail Gloves for the past couple of weeks, all of these shoes felt pretty substantial. The MT 101 and Rogue Racer had too much padding for me in the heel and they both had a large heel drop which I've come to dislike now.
I'm keeping the Saucony Peregrines and sending the others back. They fit the best (I have wide feet), seem the grippiest, have the lowest heel drop, and don't feel like a giant pillow on my foot. They also seem the most durable. I have zero hiking experience in the Peregrines, but they seem like they'll work out really well. I don't expect to have any durability issues using them in AZ. I returned the Trail Gloves to REI because I didn't think they would last more than a couple months at my rate. Oh, and I got the orange and black color scheme - the orange is super bright right now!