I welcomed the “On Cloudflow” in rock/orange, size 9.5 into my stable of shoes about 1 week ago (maybe more). I wanted to add in a different profile shoe to switch off with my New Balance Zante V3/4. The “On” website describes the shoe this way, “18 Clouds (EVA foam) independently cushion and propel your every step towards runner’s high.
“Adaptive, engineered mesh (in the upper) uses the latest weave-technology to blend breathability with support, while antimicrobial treatment guarantees a lasting freshness run after run after run.”
“Complimenting the innovative ‘outside’ of the Cloudflow, inside, comfort reigns supreme thanks to a first-layer in-built sock.”
I have to admit that I don’t normally fall into the “Fads” that tend to invade the running shoe design. I tried the Hoka one one, did not like running on pillows and felt my feet were not “feeling the road”. I thought Hoka would be a fad and it turns out I was wrong. The design of the “On” shoe is another design I though would come and go and it seems to have survived. Around since 2014 they seem to have carved themselves a place in the market.
I will keep this simple…I like them.
The Cloudflow are very light at about 7.8 oz, with a 6mm offset (in comparison with my NB Zante which weighs in at 8.6 oz, and shares the 6mm offset.)
- As stated above they are very light and share the 6mm “drop” with the Zante.
- very comfortable in the forefoot, where the Zante is a bit “stiffer” the Cloudflow seems to move better with the foots natural motion.
- The upper seems thus far to breathe very well, it has been hotter than normal as of late and I don’t find my feet get “hot” in the Cloudflow.
- I could easily use the Cloudfow as a racing shoe, with the weight and comfort it would make an excellent racing shoe
Before I go into the cons I need to expand a bit on two points I will include in the “bullets”.
The first is that I don’t like how narrow the toe box is. The cloud flow toe box and the Zante are not that different, I do however feel I have more room in the Zante. it could be the difference in the material the upper is made of in each shoe or it could just be that I have run in the Zante far more than the Cloud flow. The toe box is one negative in what is a really good shoe.
The second is the longevity of the shoe itself. the way the shoe is constructed (the”clouds” that make up the sole. I am not sure how many mile I will be able to get out of them. The Zante starts to break down right around 350 miles. I can easily get 400+ miles out of them if I mix in a new shoe in the rotation at the 350 mark. I just have no idea of how these little “half loops” of EVA foam will wear, and at 140$ (lower on some sites) I expect at least 400+ miles. I can get my Zante for 100$. A concern and possibly a negative. I guess it remains to be seen.
- Toe box, kinda narrow.
- durability of the EVA sole…not sure, expect better than I think…hope so
- price point, 140$ is not terrible. It is the most I have paid for a running shoe since I started in 2009.
So in closing, I like the Cloudflow, it will be in rotation with the Zante V3/4. As I run in it more and mare it may be the primary in that rotation, for now it is a second shoe. I am terrible at reviewing anything so take this all with a grain of salt. I like what I like and quite often have no reason for that other than “I like it”. Thanks for reading and I hope you give the On Cloudflow a shot!