Facts

  • Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 7oz
    Women: 5.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners took note of the lightweight construction of the On Cloud.
  • On Cloud offers flexibility and cushioning as mentioned in some reviews.
  • Runners were impressed with the CloudTec sole that responds to individual runner’s gait.
  • This shoe has the right impact protection most runners needed based on some comments.
  • It is available in several appealing colors.
  • The shoe has enough room in the toe box for toe splay.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers had durability issues since some parts of the shoe wore out quickly after few months of use.
  • There were cases where small stones entered the shoe while running.

Bottom line

The On Cloud allows runners to experience explosive toe-offs and soft landings due to its impressive cushioning and impact protection properties. Many were happy with this shoe because of its light weight with adequate cushioning. This shoe is for runners who are looking for a minimal running shoe with outstanding performance and comfort.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | Samuel Chua

    ON Running "The Cloud"

    Specs

    The shoe is classified as a lightweight performance trainer that can be used for races. The heel-to-toe offset is supposedly 6mm according to ON Running’s website. However, it is measured at 9mm at Running Warehouse. It weighs in at 198g for US Men’s 8.5. This shoe is the lightest running shoe that ON Running has manufactured.

    Upper and Fit

    The Upper is made from breathable mesh reinforced with suede overlays throughout the shoe and a cotton fabric material at the rear. The suede overlays, although stylish, posed as a concern for me as I doubted its durability.

     

     

    The structure in the shoe provided adequate support, giving it a secure fit. It provided a nice sock-like feel without a hint of roughness, allowing me to stay abrasion and blister-free when I wore it barefoot during triathlons.

    The tongue was comfortable, not to thick yet not too thin. It provided a decent lockdown of the feet in the shoe when laced up while not compromising on protection from possible pressure points from the laces.

    The heel counter, despite being rather low, offered enough support for longer runs when my running form started to get sloppy. The straps seen on the back half of the shoe supposedly contribute to the structure of the shoe, though I did not notice any increase in support.

     

     

    The shoes are true to size, although having a slightly narrow fit. The narrow fit may disallow toe splay. Runners with wider feet may prefer going half a size up.

    The Cloud came with elastic laces and conventional laces. I vastly preferred the elastic lacing due to two reasons. Firstly, I have wider feet and hence I did not feel like I needed that much lockdown in the forefoot. Secondly, the conventional lacing was too thin and long, which was rather messy and unsightly.

    Midsole Technology

    Starting with the Midsole, the Cloud features the 16 CloudTec pods designed to cater to individual running gaits. The pods deliver a rather unique feel. The landing is firm yet cushioned. I don’t feel like my legs get beat up even after running distances up to half-marathons.

    As a runner that prefers a more cushioned ride, I switched the stock insoles with a more cushioned insole which greatly increased the comfort of the ride.

    I intentionally tried heel striking and I personally feel that the transition from heel to toe felt better than when I landed on my midfoot. This is due to the thicker CloudTec elements at the rear of the shoe.

     

     

    The Cloud also features a Speed board. The Speed board is a mildly flexible full-length plastic plate that stiffens the sole and converts energy from landing impact to forward propulsion. This translated to decent stability with a light snappy toe-off.

    Outsole Durability

    As for the outsole, high abrasion rubber patches are placed at the front 5 pods and the back 3 pods for increased durability at high impact locations.

    However, I would prefer if the rubber patches were more generous, as I worried about the unprotected midsole that was exposed to the harsh conditions of asphalt.

     

    The sole after 50km

    Types of work out

    The Cloud excels on both the track and the road. It is best used for speedwork, aerobic intervals and for tempo workouts ranging from 5-10km. Personally I would prefer a more cushioned shoe for longer distances such as half-marathons to marathons.

    Issues

    The Cloud is not recommended for trail running; small stones get stuck in the pods, firming up the ride and causing uneven pressure points. This is especially so for trails that are wet. Mud get caught in the pods which adds significant weight to the shoe.

    • Traps stones, mud
    • A little on the narrow side
    • Conventional laces too thin

     

    Summary

    The cloud is a light and casual-looking shoe for runners who want a cushioned and responsive ride without sacrificing comfort or speed.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 95 / 100 | Triathlon Taren

    I've got no hesitation to say that this is the best all-around running shoe of 2016.

  • 83 / 100 | Swim Cycle Run Coach

    Effectively light and minimalist they also offer cushioning.

  • 98 / 100 | Gearist

    I was impressed at its versatility in suiting my needs during all of these runs.

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Updates to On Cloud

  • The On Cloud was improved to deliver outstanding cushioning and impact protection. It comes with a lighter built equipped with the brand’s premium CloudTec technologies to provide a combination of soft landing and powerful toe-off.

On Cloud size and fit

The On Cloud is true to its size. The midfoot, forefoot and heel area are of standard measurements. This shoe can accommodate those with medium-size foot and those with slightly wide forefoot. This is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions respectively.


Outsole

The On Cloud uses the CloudTec sole that delivers added durability on high wear areas and additional cushioning for high energy return. The sole also has honeycomb slip pattern that delivers reliable grip on the road and off-road runs.


Midsole

The midsole uses the high-grade EVA that gives durable cushioning. It also utilizes the brand’s Cloudtec midsole elements that provide enough cushioning for foot strike and delivers a solid rebound. The full length Speedboard plate distributes pressure for a more improved running performance.


Upper

The On Cloud features the 3D air mesh upper that delivers a breathable coverage. The air mesh allows efficient air flow, keeping foot well ventilated. The Sandwich mesh also gives maximum air intake to keep the foot cool.

The shoe also comes with a non-slip lining that holds that foot securely without any slippage. The shoe also has a reflective TPU cap that increases visibility while running on lights.