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WeightMen: 10.4ozWomen: 8.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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84 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
On Cloudventure: A Trail Shoe That Means Business
I had never worn shoes from Cloudventure, intrigued by the unusual ‘pods’ on the sole. At first, I admit I balked at the high price tag. However, the comfortable fit and apparent durability of the Swiss design convinced me to give these a try.
I wanted a neutral, reasonably lightweight, low or medium drop shoe (the Cloudventure has a 6mm drop) that would go the distance on technical trails. These seemed to fit the bill, and have more than lived up to my expectations.
As a forefoot striker, I love to have some space for my toes to splay. The toe box is sufficiently roomy without feeling sloppy.
Once I lace up, I barely notice this shoe—a testament to its fit and breathability. Though, speaking of the laces, they are oddly thin and ridiculously long. For each lace, you have about 17 inches to play with! Every other detail seems so well thought out that this is a surprising oversight. The lacing system also makes it hard to adjust the tension on different parts of the foot.
The Cloudventure requires no break-in period. The heel counter is firm and not too high. Its toe bumper offers reliable protection. In wet conditions, I’m also grateful for the outer layer of the upper, which is water repellent.
This shoe has a classy, no-nonsense style. There are five color choices each for men and women. Mine, pictured, are mulberry and salmon. I appreciate the small but effective reflective details, which can be seen from any angle.
Different parts of the outsole have different types of grip pattern.
These lend it excellent traction, performing well on dry dirt, volcanic rock, and even a thin layer of snow. The combination of the pods and the midsole achieves a balance of cushioning and responsiveness.
The pods made me feel more surefooted than usual when running steep, downhill stretches. I wondered if the pods would get clogged with mud, but they flatten quickly enough to squeeze out any debris.
Having covered over 320 miles of sandy and rocky trails, both the outsole and upper are holding up well.
For me, the cushioning of this shoe is perfect, keeping me comfortable on the longest runs without sacrificing ground feel.
On does note, though, that heavier runners may experience diminished benefits of the cushioning system.
- Roomy toe box
- Fantastic grip
- Water repellent
- Reflective detailing
- Long, skinny laces have to be knotted multiple times
- High price
On Running is one of the fastest-growing running shoe brands in the USA. Now I understand why.
trail shoe that offers a comfortable fit, good grip and medium cushioning. I am impressed by its performance and durability so far.
I highly recommend this shoe, particularly for long runs on dry trails. More protective and waterproof versions of the Cloudventure are also available.
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This is for the runner who loves more aggressive On shoes to take out to the trail.
On may have taken a bit of time to adapt their technology to the trail, but the result seems to have been worth the wait.
Updates to On Cloudventure
- Flexible, breathable and comfortable performance on the trails; that’s what makes the On Cloudventure very formidable and yet very responsive as a running companion. Made from quality components & materials, and featuring technologies that enable the wearer to be more efficient with every step, this shoe keeps the runner performing at their best.
- The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a two-layer upper unit that’s made to keep the foot comfortable, secure and well-ventilated. It doesn’t feel stiff and it certainly won’t make the runner feel restricted when it comes to their movements. Water is also staved off because of its water-repellent nature.
- The immediate underfoot platform of the On Cloudventure is a foam unit that’s comfortable and soft. It effectively cushions the foot throughout the stride. It works with the CloudTec®, a technology that utilizes 11 individual pods that stretch back when weight is put on them, and then spring back into shape during the toe-off.
- The pods are actually the ones that are exposed to the ground, but they’re durable and they won’t tear off easily. Layered in these pods is the Micro-Engineered Grip Rubber, which is able to deliver sure traction and surface control to the runner. Roads and trails won’t be obstacles for this external layer of the On Cloudventure.
On Cloudventure size and fit
The On Cloudventure fits a bit large, so it is recommended for runners to purchase ½ size smaller than what they’re used to in order to get the right fit for them. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections of this shoe have medium widths, so it is able to accommodate those who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.
The Micro-Engineered Grip Rubber is an outsole design that allows it to move around various surfaces with ease. Distinct nodes that have different shapes provide grip on the roads and on the trails, making it very agreeable when it comes to tackling flat and uneven surfaces. It doesn’t break down easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses.
The mid-sole of the On Cloudventure makes use of the CloudTec®, which are 11 pods that are meant to deliver responsive cushioning, impact protection and springiness to each step. They stretch back upon impact, essentially carrying the weight of the runner. Then they go back into their original shape during toe-off, making the stride bouncier and more efficient.
A full-length mid-sole foam is placed right above the clearly-seen pods. Its purpose is to carry the foot well, making it feel very comfortable and well-supported throughout the running sessions. It has a plush nature, yet it’s not stiff, so natural movement is still afforded to the runner.
The two-layer upper of this running shoe delivers comfortable and secure coverage to the foot. The inner layer is more supportive and all-encompassing, hugging the foot in a snug manner. The outer layer is more lightweight and breathable, allowing air to keep the foot well-ventilated.
A water-repellant coating has been added to the upper unit in order to keep the foot free from mild water-infiltration. It’s also a helpful means to maintain the lightweight nature of the shoe as it prevents water from being retained inside the fabrics.
Reflective Strips allow the runner to be seen in low-light conditions. They’re particularly helpful when it comes to night-time runs.
The toe cap is made from rubber and mesh that’s fused with the upper unit of the On Cloudventure. It keeps the toes safe from unintended surface impact and contact with debris.
The sock liner adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. An anti-microbial treatment keeps the interior environment clean and healthy.