Verdict from 6 experts and 71 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • First thing runners noticed was the extra room around the toes, which is good for wider feet.
  • The Cloudrunner is built for multiple uses: for endurance, for triathlon, and for races.
  • Attractive aesthetics as observed by many testers.
  • The On Cloudrunner has great and quality feel according to many runners.
  • The CloudTec really gives that enjoyable cloud-like feeling when running, according to many runners who already tested it.
  • Springiness is felt during runs.
  • The overall construction is of high quality.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Protection in the heel area is lacking as complained by testers.
  • Laces that are too long are not ideal in a running shoe.
  • Stability is also lacking in the Cloudrunner.
  • A bit pricey.

Bottom line

The ON Cloudrunner is a multi-purpose running shoe built on the CloudTec technology. It offers comfort and style while holding up short or long runs on road trails. The combination of impressive aesthetics with the technologies used resulted in a very appealing shoe. A possible deal-breaker is the price, which is a bit high for many runners.

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Good to know

  • The On Cloudrunner features the CloudTec outsole technology with the Honeycomb slip pattern that delivers reliable grip even on wet conditions. The outsole is also durable to withstand the damaging elements on the trail.
  • The midsole of the shoe features the combination of CloudTec elements and high-grade EVA foam that delivers a blend of durability, shock absorption and high energy return for a more powerful toe-off.

The On Cloudrunner is true to its size. It provides a snug and comfortable fit from the heel to the forefoot area. The forefoot is a bit wider to comfortably accommodate those runners with wider foot. This shoe is available in medium D and B widths for men’s and women’s version respectively.

The On Cloudrunner is designed to take on the road, track and gravel, so expect a flat undersurface with semi-aggressive treading to keep the grip of the shoe excellent on both dry and wet surfaces. The shoe’s outsole features include the CloudTec rubber and the Honeycomb slip pattern. This outsole configuration is also very similar to the On Cloudrunner 2.

Despite being developed for the neutral runner and supinator, the On Cloudrunner has a moderate midsole structure. It consists of the high-grade EVA midsole, Integrated Transition Bridge (ITB), Speedboard and the CloudTec Elements. These guarantee midsole durability, impact absorption, energy-return in toe-off phases and better foot striking.

The upper construction of the On Cloudrunner includes the Perforated Tongue, Non-slip lining, Intelligent stitching, 3D air mesh and heel strap. Breathability, fit and comfort are prioritized in such a construction.

How Cloudrunner compares

This shoe: 87
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $150
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 11.7oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.