Shoe review: The On Running Cloudace

Our very own Virgil Andrews put On Running's Cloudace through their paces...

Shoe review: The On Running Cloudace

The Cloudace is the latest iteration in an exciting range for the runner who wants maximum cushioning and support in their running shoe. Developed by On Running, a Swiss brand with its founders’ roots in Duathlon, the Cloudace takes their goal of revolutionising running up a notch. 

I was excited to review the new On Cloudace, not least because I’m a fan of the brand and what they’ve achieved since their launch just eight years ago. I was told the shoe offers maximum cushioning and I was eager to see how the sole would evolve to offer additional cushioning without slowing runners down.

Packed with advanced technology

Firstly, the Cloudace is everything I hoped it would be. As you’d expect with On, the quality is excellent with no expense spared. It’s not your average shoe (in a very good way) and full of surprises – more of which later. My initial reaction on seeing the shoe is that it looked bigger than I was expecting, as On shoes are typically sleeker in profile, but this is a maximum cushioning shoe, so you can expect some differences if you already own On’s.

Packed with advanced technology

Firstly, the Cloudace is everything I hoped it would be. As you’d expect with On, the quality is excellent with no expense spared. It’s not your average shoe (in a very good way) and full of surprises – more of which later. My initial reaction on seeing the shoe is that it looked bigger than I was expecting, as On shoes are typically sleeker in profile, but this is a maximum cushioning shoe, so you can expect some differences if you already own On’s.

It fits like a lace up slipper and On have clearly gone to town on exacting maximum technology in this area and it shows. There are two raised pillows of padding around the sides of the ankle and a larger block of padding at the rear of the heal, which loops continuously over and onto heel cradle itself. This is not only clever design, but it makes for a really comfy ride. The heel cradle also comes complete with a plastic cage for additional support for heavier runners so all types of runner have been catered for.

Looking further into the shoe there is an elasticated, all in one tongue sock and ‘sandwich’ mesh for increased breathability. The only negative in the fit is that it felt quite narrow at first but over time it does give.

The devil is in the detail

The biggest surprise was the sole. The award winning CloudTech technology which on are now famous have been improved to add even more cushioning. There are six oversized ‘clouds’ at the rear of the shoe and a lower profile landing area at the front. The genius of the clouds is that they compress in any direction and On have really taken this into account in the Cloudace. There is also a ‘speed board’ which runs the length of the shoe and aids push off for quick transitions.

Looks wise, On always push the style boundaries and you wont be disappointed. There are some nice touches like reflective On logo’s, a mixture of textures and materials and flat lock laces.

The real question is how does all this new technology translate to performance on a run? I’m happy to say that the Cloudace was ace.

A superior ride

On longer runs It’s like the shoe that keeps giving. Every step is better than the last and it’s where the the addition of maximum cushioning definitely comes into its on. I felt it reduced fatigue and I felt better on distances of 10-15k than in other shoes in my rotation.

It’s also very quick on shorter and speed runs, with the double whammy of a ‘bouncy’ sensation and strong push back from the speed board at the same time which is smile inducing.

In terms of surface, it is a road shoe, but as the clouds are larger on the Cloudace, it would suit mixed terrain and I even took it onto a trail surface and the ride was solid.

Verdict 

On have done it again with the Cloudace. It’s shoe which will suit all types of runner, from the soft to heavier striker and with the addition of some fantastic new technology it will no doubt be a go to shoe. It’s a shoe with options up a range of distances and training options and I can’t recommend it highly enough. With the Cloudace, the clouds got even comfier – if that even possible.

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