Arch support
Daily running
M: 289g | W: 260g
Heel to toe drop
M: 7mm | W: 7mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • Many runners swear by the On Cloudsurfer 2’s awesome comfort.

  • More than several runners believed they got more out of the shoe where durability is concerned.

  • The Cloudsurfer 2 is lighter than the past version.

  • A handful of runners were surprisingly surprised by how stable their runs were in this shoe.

  • The Cloudtec technology offers noticeable spring and cushioning, according to most comments.

  • Users generally loved its versatility as it can handle other activities other than running.

  • Several testers can’t say something enough about the fast and effortless transition.

  • The same testers coveted the Cloudsurfer 2’s ability to reduce impact.

The bad

  • The price is expensive, according to several runners.

  • Some experienced rocks and other things getting caught between the Clouctech pods.

  • It takes a little getting used to due to the thick sole and Cloudtec technology.

Bottom line

The Cloudsurfer 2 is an extremely versatile option for runners who really like to mix their runs. It is a lightweight training partner that can help runners lower their personal best times. On’s amazing craftsmanship and technology shines in this shoe. Runners will love it for its exceptional arch support, stable ride, amazing comfort, unbelievable impact reduction, and buttery-smooth transitions.

World wide, Cloudsurfer 2 is in the bottom 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, On, is the 16th most popular.

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    Jim CoulsonLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Cloudsurfer is a unique one of a kind high mileage neutral trainer with excellent impact reduction.
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Updates to Cloudsurfer 2

The upper gets the major revamp in the Cloudsurfer 2. What is most evident is the removal of the substantial overlays around the midfoot and the toe. On swapped the large overlays for some sort of stitching material to answer past concerns about a toe box that is too tight and to help reduce the shoe’s weight. With a bit of room in the toe box, there should be no problems with mid-run swelling. The new model can even accommodate runners with slightly wider feet.

Another visible change is the elimination of the heel counter. What On offers now in the Cloudsurfer 2 are stitched overlays that still reasonably cradle the heel, but allows a more adaptive upper. Removing the heel counter means a reduction in weight without compromising support and security.

Cloudsurfer 2 size and fit

The heel and midfoot of the new model fairly follows the original, except in the toe box where there is just a tad more room. This means that the fit is perfect for those with average foot width and will be sufficient enough for those with slightly wider feet to get away with. The standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s are offered. Sizing is very much like the old version, which runs true. The men have options from 6 to 14 while the women have choices from 4 to 11.


On’s bread and butter technology is found on the outsole in the form of 13 Cloudtec elements. These elements provide and soft landing to reduce impact while they lock themselves together prior to take off for a firmer and more explosive platform. On basically describes it as cushioning only when the runner needs it. Unlike most shoes that rely on cushioning and rebound features from the midsole, the Cloudtec technology does the job for On running shoes.


The midsole is very ordinary in the Cloudsurfer 2. It is composed of a single layer of EVA to help the Cloudtec technology’s amazing shock-absorbing and cushioning abilities.


The upper is a combination of synthetic overlays, stitched materials, and air mesh. These make the upper area breathable, flexible, and quite durable. Recent modifications in this area have made it more adaptive with still enough support and structure.


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