Cushioning is one of those features in a running shoe that seems like a steep trade-off for some runners. After all, most cushioning for a shoe comes from its midsole, and too plush of a midsole can add weight to the overall trainer and leave the runner feeling disconnected from the road during a ride. But for runners who will be putting many miles on their shoe, and those that need the extra cushioning due to damage or simply to feel fine on the road, cushioning becomes a major necessity in their running shoe.
With this in mind, the On Cloudcruiser provides great cushioning without losing responsiveness or overall feel. While there is a little-added weight to the overall shoe, it’s not egregious, and for the amount of comfort and features the On Cloudcruiser provides to the runner, particularly those looking for a comfy everyday trainer for moderately paced runs that perform well on the road, the Cloudcruiser is a great option. With its soft memory foam place in the heel for a comfortable fit and its innovative CloudTec on the outsole that provides great cushioning and impact protection, runners looking for a shoe that will provide both stability and comfort may find what they’re looking for in the On Cloudcruiser.
Its main feature, of course, is the CloudTec outsole, which features 15 separate “Cloud” pods, which feature high-traction ridges that contract vertically upon impact and move horizontally during forward movement to provide both stellar impact protection, stability, and traction. This softer landing helps the overall cushioning of the Cloudcruiser, which also features a high-grade EVA foam for a midsole that helps cushion in conjunction with the CloudTec and offers a solid energy return.
The On Cloudcruiser may look a little funny from the outside, but as a stability shoe that delivers in cushioning, traction, and overall comfort, the most important aspect of a shoe like this is how it feels and performs when on the road. And the On Cloudcruiser feels like you’re running on a pair of clouds–which is just what some runners are looking for.
- Excellent cushioning
- Firm take-offs
- Comfortable construction
- A sturdy shoe
- Roomy toe box
- Moderately expensive
- The shoe might be too wide
- 15 separate rubber pods on the outsole provide excellent traction
- Highly breathable upper will keep foot cool and dry throughout a run
- EVA foam midsole is light and comfortable without being too plush
- Wide-set upper and the toe box is excellent for those with wide feet