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
    $160
  • Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm

    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: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The wider and more prominent sole delivers a more stable ride for the On Cloudflyer.
  • Inch-perfect fit and generous padding provide exceptional comfort to most runners.
  • Relatively light and runs much lighter.
  • Versatility on the road regarding distance and speed is noted by countless runners when using the Cloudflyer.
  • Rolling through the gait cycle is effortless, according to numerous runners.
  • Superb lockdown in the heel area comes as a general consensus among runners.
  • High-quality materials and the undeniable excellence in craftsmanship ooze out of the shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners were slightly surprised by the less than ideal ground perception of the On Cloudflyer.
  • Durability is a feature a few runners wanted to improve.
  • Expensive.
  • Traction gets a little sloppy when used during wet conditions based on several observations.

Bottom line

The On Cloudflyer carves a nice niche in the industry because of its comfort level and Cloutec technology. Without any obvious and standard arch support technologies, the Cloudflyer allows neutrals to moderate overpronators get the most out of it. If not for the hefty price tag, this would have been a shoe that runners would be making a beeline for.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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 15 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Erinc Atilla

    Stability for the race, stability for everyday

    I have been running with On Cloudflyer for more than 1,000 km (in two different pairs) and with so much time wearing them, I think it is good time to give this incredible shoe a review.

    The Swiss brand is well known for their “Cloudtec” technologies. These are half decoupled cushioning pods that provide quicker release from the ground and intend to adapt to everybody’s unique running posture.

    With the second statement, whether you are overpronator or natural runner, On Running claims that you can use any of their models.

    I have mild overpronation therefore, I chose Cloudflyer, which has 12 cloud pods that also provides enough support for the long runs.

     

    User Experience

    I use my Cloudflyer in many different occasions. I used them for long runs up to 25km, and for short and fast runs. I used them on the treadmill and on the asphalt. I used them in a rainy day.

    I can say that apart from rainy days, the shoe is very suitable for all conditions. During the long runs, you really  have to thank “cloudtec” technology for allowing the shoe to be lightweight.

    During your race day or fast runs, you will experience the “push back” from the ground. Cloud pods work very efficiently.

    Grip & Cushioning

    One comment I can make is, on the treadmill I always felt the ground much more than I did outside. So if you are a treadmill runner, you can consider other alternatives that provides more cushioning.

    I can confirm general comments from many users about grip level during rainy day; it is more or less like driving around with slick tires.

    Somehow, I felt like I need to be carefully otherwise, it would be easy to lose balance.

    Cloud pods create another level between the feet and the ground, which increases “flight time” during your runs. I can say with high confidence that this results to a feeling  of “running on clouds”.

     

     

    Even with the support it gives and cushioning it provides, it weighs just below 300gr (280gr to be exact) and I found that is a great weight for such a supportive shoe.

    I have mild overpronation on my left foot and improving overpronation on my right one, and I never experience any kind of bad feeling after I completed my runs. No pains or bruises on my feet.

    The mesh in upper part of the shoe provides good airflow during hot days. However, the protection from the rain is very limited.

    With the decrease grip on wet surface, I concluded not to use my Cloudflyer during rainy days. If you would use only one shoe (which I do not suggest), you have to consider other options.

    The Verdict

    As a final words, my first pair was in Water and Flame (900km with them), and my second one is Rock and Black colors (200km with them), and both of them attract some attention with high quality of finishing.

    From the first time you open up the box, to any day you put them on or take them off, you feel the high Swiss quality in every single part of the shoe.

     

     

    After so many distance covered, I still hesitate to give away my old pair, since they look quite all right from outside. I washed my shoes twice and no single color change and/or quality problems occurred.

    If you are an overpronator and looking for a shoe that you can rely on during your training or your race day, I would strongly suggest On Cloudflyer.

    When you process your order, it takes second thought due to high price (240 CHF as of now) but the shoe delivers what you expect for such a price tag.

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

  • 82 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    Responsive. Slightly overweight. Surprisingly nimble.

  • 85 / 100 | Kaarel Ljakin

    I believe this is even better than the Cloudsurfer that I have been using for a very long time.

  • 88 / 100 | The Active Guy

    After wearing the On Cloudflyer on multiple distance runs, I must say that I like the shoe, but don’t think I would spend $160 on this shoe. While On Running says that this shoe is great for longer distances, I thought the shoe felt a little firmer than what I would want for runs longer than 8-10 miles.

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Updates to On Cloudflyer

  • The On Cloudfyer features an enhanced midsole. It uses innovative midsole elements that give enough amount of cushioning while promoting the foot’s natural movement. The midsole construction is enough to deliver a well-cushioned foot strike.
  • The outsole of the Cloudfyer also features the innovative speedboard that is directly attached to the shoe’s outsole, delivering improved stability without adding weight.
  • This shoe features a knitted upper mesh liner that offers a snug fit and added durability. The star lacing also wraps the foot securely.

On Cloudflyer size and fit

The On Cloudfyer is true to its size. Its semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot. The heel is a bit narrow while the mid-foot and forefoot areas have a medium volume, so those with medium-sized fit can adapt well to its natural fit. This shoe is available in standard width.


Outsole

The outsole features the very notable 12 “clouds” Zero gravity foam for added cushioning and stability. This works perfectly with the low abrasion rubber pads that deliver added durability on high impact areas. The Central Channel delivers foot flexibility and the speedboard that is directly attached to the outsole offers reliable stability.


Midsole

The Cloudtec Technology delivers reliable cushioning a for firmer platform during takeoff. This works well with the curved rocker midsole that supports that natural movement of the foot for a an efficient heel-to-toe transition.


Upper

The On Cloudflyer has a knitted liner mesh that increases the shoe’s durability while giving a snug wrap. The no-sew construction keeps foot free from irritation while giving a seamless fit. This shoe has a heel strap that allows an easy entry and a star lacing that wraps the foot securely. Lastly, the shoe has a reflective TPU heel-cap that increases visibility on low-light conditions.