Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$160
Weight
M: 283g | W: 243g
Heel to toe drop
M: 7mm | W: 7mm
Heel height
M: 27mm | W: 27mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The wider and more prominent sole delivers a more stable ride for the On Cloudflyer.

  • Inch-perfect fit and generous padding provide exceptional comfort to most runners.

  • Relatively light and runs much lighter.

  • Versatility on the road regarding distance and speed is noted by countless runners when using the Cloudflyer.

  • Rolling through the gait cycle is effortless, according to numerous runners.

  • Superb lockdown in the heel area comes as a general consensus among runners.

  • High-quality materials and the undeniable excellence in craftsmanship ooze out of the shoe.

The bad

  • Some runners were slightly surprised by the less than ideal ground perception of the On Cloudflyer.

  • Durability is a feature a few runners wanted to improve.

  • Expensive.

  • Traction gets a little sloppy when used during wet conditions based on several observations.

Bottom line

The On Cloudflyer carves a nice niche in the industry because of its comfort level and Cloutec technology. Without any obvious and standard arch support technologies, the Cloudflyer allows neutrals to moderate overpronators get the most out of it. If not for the hefty price tag, this would have been a shoe that runners would be making a beeline for.



World wide, Cloudflyer is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, On, is the 16th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 93 ratings

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4 star
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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 90
    StanLevel 3 expert
    by 9 Run
    They're flat, wide, fit well, and very comfortable.
  • 86
    ruththerunnerLevel 1 expert
    by ruththerunner
    To summarise, they are light, incredibly responsive, reassuringly stable and secure, and give the feel of running on a trampoline-type surface, as each of the 12 ‘Clouds’ on the sole push you up into the air with barely any effort, while you land on what feels like cotton wool, as each Cloud element softens your landing, cushioning any impact from the running motion.
  • 85
    Kaarel LjakinLevel 1 expert
    by Kaarel Ljakin
    I believe this is even better than the Cloudsurfer that I have been using for a very long time.
  • 84
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Running Competitor
    It gives this shoe a semi-firm feeling and a penchant for quicker leg turnover and faster running.
  • 83
    Sean ConwayLevel 3 expert
    by Running Monkey
    Transition from strike to toe-off started to feel much more natural, responsiveness had improved exponentially with each run and we had stopped caring that people stopped and pointed.
  • 83
    MarkLevel 1 expert
    by The Endurance Store
    It is designed as a mileage shoe, but you can easily do 10Ks to half marathons in this shoe as well.
  • 82
    Run 247Level 3 expert
    by Run 247
    The Cloudflyer lets you run the way you are meant to, and that means a short and sweet touch-down, a natural transition, and a stable platform.
  • 82
    Brian MetzlerLevel 4 expert
    by Triathlete
    It gives this shoe a semi-firm feeling and a penchant for quicker leg turnover and faster running. 
  • 82
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    Responsive. Slightly overweight. Surprisingly nimble.
  • 81
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Cloudflyer’s purpose is to provide plush protection and cushioning without excessive weight or control. 
  • 80
    Thomas/MeaghanLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    I really wanted to love these, but they didn’t resonate with me as much as the Cloudsurfer.
  • 79
    Impact MagazineLevel 4 expert
    by Impact Magazine
    I found the sole to be surprisingly flexible as I toed off and I did feel some energy return.
  • 78
    James ReaderLevel 3 expert
    by Runners Need
    A wider platform offers fantastic stability, while the Zero Gravity foam Clouds also provide protection and cushioning.
  • 77
    Spotter UpLevel 2 expert
    by Spotter Up
    Unfortunately, no matter how far I ran or walked this discomfort never seemed to subside.
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Updates to Cloudflyer

The On Cloudfyer features an enhanced midsole. It uses innovative midsole elements that give enough amount of cushioning while promoting the foot’s natural movement. The midsole construction is enough to deliver a well-cushioned foot strike.

The outsole of the Cloudfyer also features the innovative speedboard that is directly attached to the shoe’s outsole, delivering improved stability without adding weight.

This shoe features a knitted upper mesh liner that offers a snug fit and added durability. The star lacing also wraps the foot securely.

Cloudflyer size and fit

The On Cloudfyer is true to its size. Its semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot. The heel is a bit narrow while the mid-foot and forefoot areas have a medium volume, so those with medium-sized fit can adapt well to its natural fit. This shoe is available in standard width.

Outsole

The outsole features the very notable 12 “clouds” Zero gravity foam for added cushioning and stability. This works perfectly with the low abrasion rubber pads that deliver added durability on high impact areas. The Central Channel delivers foot flexibility and the speedboard that is directly attached to the outsole offers reliable stability.

Midsole

The Cloudtec Technology delivers reliable cushioning a for firmer platform during takeoff. This works well with the curved rocker midsole that supports that natural movement of the foot for a an efficient heel-to-toe transition.

Upper

The On Cloudflyer has a knitted liner mesh that increases the shoe’s durability while giving a snug wrap. The no-sew construction keeps foot free from irritation while giving a seamless fit. This shoe has a heel strap that allows an easy entry and a star lacing that wraps the foot securely. Lastly, the shoe has a reflective TPU heel-cap that increases visibility on low-light conditions.


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