Who should buy the On Cloud X 3

If you are after a light, stable, comfortable shoe, that is very versatile and can be worn for running and indoor activities alike, then you should consider this shoe. Just remember that, If you intend to run a lot in this shoe, you must like a firm ride.

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Who should not buy it

Don’t buy it if you:

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On Cloud X 3 vs. Cloud X 2

Not much has changed from the previous version. The shoe has now a wider platform and a slightly different upper. There's a more secure heel counter and a new lacing design, that according to the testers, makes for a better fit.

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An all-around On shoe

Reviewers agreed when it came to the purpose of this shoe. It is not only good for running, but also for gym sessions, HIIT workouts, and other similar indoor activities. As a tester said, “it’s rare to find a shoe that can do it all, but the On Cloud X 3 just about fits the bill.”

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Excellent upper in the Cloud X 3

Testers liked the new upper now made of “a luxurious three-layer engineered mesh” that provides “breathability and support in a smooth, lightweight package.” What’s more, it is made from 90-95% recycled content.

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Second to none in comfort 

An expert shared that he “didn’t experience any pressure spots, rubbing, or numbness,” while another runner added that the shoe “does have a nice level of comfort.”

Although the toe box “feels spacious,” this shoe has a narrow fit and is not intended for wide feet.

Firm, but not dull

On has a reputation for creating firm shoes, and this model is no exception. Quoting a reviewer, it is “decidedly firm” and therefore better suited to short runs.

The midsole is “pretty responsive” and “perfect for runners who enjoy a lightweight ride with plenty of ground contact.”

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On Cloud X 3 has endless laces

While the shoe has “a unique star-lacing design” and offers a good lockdown, a tester complained about the laces' length, which is really unnecessarily long.

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Plenty of stability

As mentioned above, the midsole feels quite firm, but it's this firmness that, according to a tester, helps with creating “an excellent stable platform” for indoor activities.

The same expert added that even during a test on the road the shoe “felt very stable throughout the run.”

Great job on reducing  the weight 

Considering that road running shoes weigh on average around 9.9oz (280g), the Cloud X 3 can be considered a light shoe. On the scale, it weighs only 8.57 oz (243g).

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Cloud X 3 has a very attractive look

As noticed by a reviewer, the brand offers “a wide range of striking color combinations” for these shoes. They are very well-suitable for casual wear, and the same reviewer stated that “you can sport these just about anywhere for a sleek, stylish look.”

Should be slightly cheaper

When it comes to the price, $150 is high but not dramatically high, as the average for a running shoe is usually $127. Yet, a tester pointed out that this new version does not have enough differences from the previous iteration to justify a $10 increase.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.6oz / Women 7.1oz
Drop: Men 7mm /
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: On Cloud

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Gabriele Zampieri
Gabriele Zampieri

Gabriele lives and runs in Italy and he knows the Alps inside out. No wonder given that he has 30+ via ferratas, 20+ trail races and 100+ hiking routes under his belt. And he willingly bivouacked more than 30 times in the middle of nowhere. He logs 25-45 miles per week with 1k-3k elevation gain and is now training for his first 100k race. Trails run through his veins but so does the Italian talkative side.