Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$130
Weight
M: 312g | W: 269g
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 4.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A cloud-like, springy feel is what some runners say regarding the Cloudster.

  • The heel cushioning is beyond expectations according to some testers.

  • The fit of the upper is superb as quite a number of runners complimented it.

  • Takeoff and landing in the On Cloudster is enjoyable, according to some testers.

  • Dependable performance that provided the needs of many runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners complained of the boring colors.

  • No motion control provided.

  • Some runners complained of the stiffness.

  • It is too heavy.

Bottom line

The ON Cloudster is a reliable shoe that works best on trainings and on endurance runs, yet some runners prefer to use it on marathons as well. The features of this shoe are perfectly suited for runners who want exceptional cushioning, solid arch support, and protection for a more cloud-like feel. The springy effect of the sole offers a more responsive ride for a more enjoyable run. The price of this shoe is indeed worth the quality and performance it offers.



World wide, Cloudster is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, On, is the 17th most popular.

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 48 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
19%
3 star
6%
2 star
6%
1 star
6%

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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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81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 90
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Bouncy protection thanks to Swiss engineering.
  • 75
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Competitor Running
    Semi-firm but very “springy” and “energetic” ride. It’s not as light as some other neutral cushioned trainers and it’s a tad less flexible than most, although that’s barely noticed with the unique rolling and spongy ride served up by this shoe.
  • 75
    James WittsLevel 3 expert
    by 220 Triathlon
    We’re happy for our feet to remain relatively stable when knocking out a 10-miler but its tactile feel – like neoprene to the touch – certainly adds comfort.
  • 80
    CSALevel 2 expert
    by CSA
    The Cloudster is appropriate for entry-level runners helping them achieve a balanced stride and comfortable lower impact foot placement.
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  • On
    It may be the starter model in the range, but the Cloudster lets you experience the entire signature On feeling of "running on clouds".
  • Mike Robinson Holabird Sports
    The Cloudster is a neutral trainer for high-mileage.

Updates to Cloudster

The On Cloudster features an innovative midsole that delivers durable and reliable cushioning. The cushioning is firmer, providing a great protection and support for long distance runs.

This shoe features the 4way-stretch fabric that delivers adaptive-fit. The stretchable fabric adapts to the foot’s natural shape, allowing the foot to spread naturally and comfortably.

Cloudster size and fit

The On Cloudster fits large and thus, runners must purchase half size smaller than the standard running shoe. The heel and forefoot are in narrow measurements while the midsole is in low volume. This shoe comfortable accommodates runners with narrow foot shape.

Outsole

This outsole of the shoe is made up of durable carbon rubber that provides durability in high wear areas. The Honeycomb pattern in the outsole delivers an impressive grip on both wet and dry surfaces.

Midsole

The Cloudster uses the CloudTec midsole technology that delivers reliable cushioning for landing impact and toe-offs. The high-grade EVA gives added cushioning while increasing the midsole’s durability. The Speedboard increases energy-return for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Upper

The upper of the On Cloudster features the 3D air mesh upper coverage that provides maximum breathability. It promotes efficient air flow, keeping the foot cool and dry. The 4-way stretch fabric delivers an adaptive-fit. The perforated tongue provides added comfort and breathability while the non-slip lining holds the foot securely to avoid slippage.


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