Our verdict

The On Cloudrunner left us impressed as it's a daily trainer with a touch of pronation control and a firmer, more traditional ride. We found it an appealing option for entry-level runners who go shorter distances at slower paces and also like to have one shoe for daily wear and the gym. Apart from being an attractive, quality-made shoe, the fact that it contains sustainable materials is also a plus for us.

Pros

  • Unintrusive stability
  • Versatile (walking, gym, casual)
  • Well-fitting
  • Doesn’t catch pebbles
  • Good breathability
  • Excellent grip
  • Lasting durability
  • Appealing design
  • Recycled content (30-35%)

Cons

  • Not for severe overpronation
  • Firm and dull ride
  • A bit heavy

Audience verdict

85
Good!
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Who should buy the On Cloudrunner

The Cloudrunner is a daily training shoe to consider if:

  • you are a beginner-to-intermediate runner
  • you run 20K or less at slower paces
  • you prefer firmer shoes with a more traditional feel
  • you need a touch of stability for tired feet with neutral pronation or mild overpronation
  • you want to double your running shoe for casual wear and some gym training

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Who should NOT buy

Even though the shoe is in the “Support” category of On shoes, our findings revealed that it’s not a 100% stability shoe. So, if you need that good amount of arch support for flat feet and overpronation, we recommend trying the On Cloudflyer. Or, if you are open to other brands, here are some of the top-rated pronation control shoes out there that we can suggest:

We also find the Cloudrunner too firm, dull, and lacking bounce. If that’s something you want to avoid, we recommend going for the On Cloudmonster. It’s got more cushion (Helion foam) which is softer and noticeably more responsive and lighter. It also has a nice rocker feel to it and is a better option for long runs.

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Cloudrunner keeps the feet ventilated

As some runners pointed out, the breathability of the shoe is quite impressive for a heavier daily training shoe. Those who tested it in hot and humid conditions found the airy upper really helpful.

One of the most comfortable uppers from On

The shoe’s upper deserves special praise. It provides a comfy sensation with a plush but not overly thick padding which feels velvety.

The fact that 95% of the fabric is made of recycled materials makes it even more impressive.

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Another welcome feature is the shoe's tongue. Even though it’s not gusseted, we have no complaints about it sliding or shifting. It also buffered the pressure from the laces on top of the foot very well.

We were surprised to find out that the Cloudrunner's tongue is two times thicker than the average! It is 10.1 mm compared to the typical 6 mm.

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True to size and well-fitting

We did not experience any issues going with our regular running shoe size in the Cloudrunner. But if you want to be on the safe side, check the brand’s size chart.

As soon as we put the shoe on, we were welcomed with that nice, gentle foothold. There was no tightness or pressure points. Our heels were also kept locked down with the shoe's structured and well-padded heel counter.

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There is also an ample amount of space in the shoe's toebox. Average-sized feet have nothing to worry about!

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We measured the upper width in the widest part of the forefoot at 97.3 mm. It sits at the average of our lab-tested shoes (98.5 mm).

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Reflective elements

The On logo lights up when hit with light in the dark. This is helpful for those running early in the morning or late into the night.

Firm cushioning makes the ride not so inspiring

This is where the Cloudrunner started to lose us. Even with the fact that the shoe is meant as a daily cruiser, the ride felt too dull and uninspiring.

Showing 31.2 HA on our durometer, the shoe's foam is indeed firmer than the average by 23%! That's a normal level of firmness for an On Cloud shoe though.

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The shoe is not very smooth in transitioning from heel to toe either. Nor there is any pop or explosive toe-off.

We believe that for the price, there are many more daily trainers that are softer, more responsive, and enjoyable for recovery runs, like the Saucony Triumph.

On a lighter note, we don't think that the shoe is a total disaster. The Cloudrunner can work as a daily trainer for short jogs and double for casual wear and even some gym workouts.

Light stability for moderate pronation

Despite being categorized as a stability shoe, we think that it is more of a neutral trainer with minimal elements of stability. It offers guidance for mild cases of overpronation but is not too intrusive for neutral pronators.

The elements that add pronation control to the shoe are:

  • wider base with wider Speedboard (full-length plastic plate)
  • sidewalls on the lateral and medial sides (the latter are more substantial)
  • raised sidewall on the insole
  • denser CloudTec elements on the medial side
  • thicker and reinforced mesh on the inside
  • structured heel counter (heel hold and stability)

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Based on our caliper measurements, the Cloudrunner has a slightly wider-than-average base in the forefoot (2 mm wider).

But do keep in mind that this shoe is less stable than the dedicated stability shoes.

Feels a touch heavy

We weren’t very excited about the shoe’s cushioning-to-weight ratio. Especially given that the more cushioned On Cloudmonster manages to weigh 0.9 oz (26 g) lighter in a men’s US 9.

However, compared to other daily trainers with stability features, the Cloudrunner sits right at the average (10.6 oz / 300 g).

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Excellent grip on dry and wet surfaces

The Cloudrunner offers excellent grip on wet surfaces and is even adequate for light dry trails. Cornering in this shoe has never been a problem for us as there is plenty of grippy rubber in the high-impact areas.

Another great news is that this is probably the first On running shoe that doesn’t catch pebbles (the brand’s common shortcoming). This is thanks to the shallower gully on the bottom.

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Swiss quality in the Cloudrunner

Just like most shoes from the brand, the Cloudrunner features a high-quality design. We could feel its craftsmanship straight from the box.

This and the fact that we saw no wear signs after 30 miles of testing convinced us that there is lots of life to be expected from this shoe.

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Attractive aesthetics

The visual aspect of the shoe instantly grabs attention on the street! The shoe's overall silhouette, color options, and the way it looks on the foot make it truly exquisite.

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On continues sustainable policy in the Cloudrunner

Those who care about environmentally friendly products will appreciate the presence of recycled materials in the shoe.

In total, they make up 30-35% of the shoe. The highest concentration is found in the upper (90-95%). The tongue, vamp, heel, and laces are all made with 100% recycled polyester.

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