Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.7oz
    Women: 7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Cloudracer is designed for speed work on races or on trainings, according to quite a number of users.
  • There is a noticeably decent amount of cushioning noted by a few testers.
  • Being stylish is one of the compliments that many testers say.
  • Many runners who tried the On Cloudracer applauded its super lightweight and quality performance.
  • It is light and low to the ground.
  • Its cushioning is efficient enough for a minimalist-type racing shoe.
  • It gives a springier bounce during the race based on several comments.
  • The Cloudracer delivers a stable ride because of the Speedboard.
  • There is much protection found in this shoe than the other ON running shoes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It is a bit narrow.
  • Many runners complained of the needed transition before they get used to its design.
  • Its expensive price tag holds back some runners from buying it.

Bottom line

The ON Cloudracer is a racing flat shoe that can be used for speed works. Its main features provide a sleeker design for speed and support, together with an adequate amount of the cushioning and protection. With added stability, all you feel is a springy and responsive ride.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

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Updates to On Cloudracer

  • On made very slight changes to the Cloudracer in order to maintain the top quality and performance of the original model. The biggest change in the 2nd version of the Cloudracer is the Speedboard in the midsole. This greatly influences the stability and responsiveness of the shoe.
  • Another notable change that will certainly boost the shoe’s performance is the removal of basically all stitching. What makes this change even more significant is the fact that the mesh upper is incredibly very light, flexible, and softer now. Without the stitching, there should be very little risk of getting an irritation or rubbing.

On Cloudracer size and fit

On made sure to retain the fit and sizing of the original model, which are on the dot. Runners with average foot will find the medium heel and midfoot fit superb. However, as with most racers, the forefoot is a bit snug so sizing up is always an option for those who want more wiggle room in the toe box. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 13 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole makes up a large portion of the shoe as the On’s patented Cloudtec technology is found here. Cloudtec is made up of 13 pods, 9 in the forefoot and 4 in the heel, that compress upon landing and lock themselves together for enhanced propulsion and traction. The Clouds also basically serve as the shoe’s cushioning system. Beneath the clouds is a honeycomb pattern of rubber for traction and durability.


Midsole

A high-grade EVA is located in the midsole for cushioning properties as well. The main feature, however, is the new Speedboard. This technology uses a plastic material built with rails that are specifically designed for the forefoot, the midfoot, and the heel for respectable stability and decent smoothness through the gait cycle.


Upper

An Ultra Light Airmesh offers unbelievable breathability. It is so porous that runners can literally see their feet through the mesh. As the mesh is now softer, it also feels very comfortable to the skin for a really nice wrap on the foot. A Super Light perforated tongue keeps up with the pace of the mesh regarding ventilation. On includes a reflective material on the TPU heel counter while a non-slip lining is part of the nice fit.