Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A cloud-like, springy feel is what some runners say regarding the Cloudster.
  • The heel cushioning is beyond expectations according to some testers.
  • The fit of the upper is superb as quite a number of runners complimented it.
  • Takeoff and landing in the On Cloudster is enjoyable, according to some testers.
  • Dependable performance that provided the needs of many runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners complained of the boring colors.
  • No motion control provided.
  • Some runners complained of the stiffness.
  • It is too heavy.

Bottom line

The ON Cloudster is a reliable shoe that works best on trainings and on endurance runs, yet some runners prefer to use it on marathons as well. The features of this shoe are perfectly suited for runners who want exceptional cushioning, solid arch support, and protection for a more cloud-like feel. The springy effect of the sole offers a more responsive ride for a more enjoyable run. The price of this shoe is indeed worth the quality and performance it offers.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated On running shoe
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    Bouncy protection thanks to Swiss engineering.

  • 75 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    Semi-firm but very “springy” and “energetic” ride. It’s not as light as some other neutral cushioned trainers and it’s a tad less flexible than most, although that’s barely noticed with the unique rolling and spongy ride served up by this shoe.

  • 75 / 100 | 220 Triathlon | | Level 3 expert

    We’re happy for our feet to remain relatively stable when knocking out a 10-miler but its tactile feel – like neoprene to the touch – certainly adds comfort.

  • 80 / 100 | CSA | Level 2 expert

    The Cloudster is appropriate for entry-level runners helping them achieve a balanced stride and comfortable lower impact foot placement.

  • First look | On

    It may be the starter model in the range, but the Cloudster lets you experience the entire signature On feeling of "running on clouds".

  • First look | Holabird Sports |

    The Cloudster is a neutral trainer for high-mileage.

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  • The On Cloudster features an innovative midsole that delivers durable and reliable cushioning. The cushioning is firmer, providing a great protection and support for long distance runs.
  • This shoe features the 4way-stretch fabric that delivers adaptive-fit. The stretchable fabric adapts to the foot’s natural shape, allowing the foot to spread naturally and comfortably.

The On Cloudster fits large and thus, runners must purchase half size smaller than the standard running shoe. The heel and forefoot are in narrow measurements while the midsole is in low volume. This shoe comfortable accommodates runners with narrow foot shape.


This outsole of the shoe is made up of durable carbon rubber that provides durability in high wear areas. The Honeycomb pattern in the outsole delivers an impressive grip on both wet and dry surfaces.


The Cloudster uses the CloudTec midsole technology that delivers reliable cushioning for landing impact and toe-offs. This CloudTec material is also used in the well-known ON Cloud shoe and all running shoes from ON Running.

The high-grade EVA gives added cushioning while increasing the midsole’s durability. The Speedboard increases energy-return for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.


The upper of the On Cloudster features the 3D air mesh upper coverage that provides maximum breathability. It promotes efficient air flow, keeping the foot cool and dry. The 4-way stretch fabric delivers an adaptive-fit. The perforated tongue provides added comfort and breathability while the non-slip lining holds the foot securely to avoid slippage.

Author
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.

jens@runrepeat.com