Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$130
Weight
M: 218g | W: 198g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
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 4.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The Cloudracer 2 is designed for speed work on races or on trainings, according to quite a number of users.

  • There is a noticeably decent amount of cushioning noted by a few testers.

  • Being stylish is one of the compliments that many testers say.

  • Many runners who tried the On Cloudracer 2 applauded its super lightweight and quality performance.

  • It is light and low to the ground.

  • Its cushioning is efficient enough for a minimalist-type racing shoe.

  • It gives a springier bounce during the race based on several comments.

  • The Cloudracer 2 delivers a stable ride because of the Speedboard.

  • There is much protection found in this shoe than the other ON running shoes.

The bad

  • It is a bit narrow.

  • Many runners complained of the needed transition before they get used to its design.

  • Its expensive price tag holds back some runners from buying it.

Bottom line

The ON Cloudracer 2 is a racing flat shoe that can be used for speed works. Its main features provide a sleeker design for speed and support, together with an adequate amount of the cushioning and protection. With added stability, all you feel is a springy and responsive ride.



World wide, Cloudracer 2 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, On, is the 16th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 37 ratings

5 star
49%
4 star
33%
3 star
5%
2 star
0%
1 star
13%

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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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83 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 93
    Men's HealthLevel 4 expert
    by Men's Health
    Like its predecessor, the Cloudracer 2’s impressive mix of cushioning, stability and swiftness is hard to beat.
  • 93
    Men's HealthLevel 4 expert
    by Men's Health
    This very impressive performer may have been built primarily for your PB-busting efforts at road races and triathlons – Ironman competition even.
  • 88
    Sota SatoLevel 1 expert
    by Sota Sato
    Insane shoe, made for high performance athletes.
  • 78
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by Gearist
    The closer to the ground feel and construction gives excellent ground feel and the response, thanks again to the stiff strobel board/Speedboard construction is very good.
  • 70
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    It's not pillowy soft, but you wouldn't expect it to be, given that you're only an inch from paved surfaces.
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Updates to Cloudracer 2

On made very slight changes to the Cloudracer 2 in order to maintain the top quality and performance of the original model. The biggest change in the 2nd version of the Cloudracer is the Speedboard in the midsole. This greatly influences the stability and responsiveness of the shoe.

Another notable change that will certainly boost the shoe’s performance is the removal of basically all stitching. What makes this change even more significant is the fact that the mesh upper is incredibly very light, flexible, and softer now. Without the stitching, there should be very little risk of getting an irritation or rubbing.

Cloudracer 2 size and fit

On made sure to retain the fit and sizing of the original model, which are on the dot. Runners with average foot will find the medium heel and midfoot fit superb. However, as with most racers, the forefoot is a bit snug so sizing up is always an option for those who want more wiggle room in the toe box. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 13 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole makes up a large portion of the shoe as the On’s patented Cloudtec technology is found here. Cloudtec is made up of 13 pods, 9 in the forefoot and 4 in the heel, that compress upon landing and lock themselves together for enhanced propulsion and traction. The Clouds also basically serve as the shoe’s cushioning system. Beneath the clouds is a honeycomb pattern of rubber for traction and durability.

Midsole

A high-grade EVA is located in the midsole for cushioning properties as well. The main feature, however, is the new Speedboard. This technology uses a plastic material built with rails that are specifically designed for the forefoot, the midfoot, and the heel for respectable stability and decent smoothness through the gait cycle.

Upper

An Ultra Light Airmesh offers unbelievable breathability. It is so porous that runners can literally see their feet through the mesh. As the mesh is now softer, it also feels very comfortable to the skin for a really nice wrap on the foot. A Super Light perforated tongue keeps up with the pace of the mesh regarding ventilation. On includes a reflective material on the TPU heel counter while a non-slip lining is part of the nice fit.


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