On Running is a Swiss-based running shoe company whose boundary-breaking shoe designs have found a following with runners across the globe. With the On Cloudflash, this company seems to have put the best of their tech–which includes superior cushioning and a unique outsole that provides a powerful takeoff–into their latest offering.
This incredibly lightweight running shoe, tested on athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics, features On’s patented CloudTec® outsole that also functions as a midsole. With rubber pods on the outsole as cushioning instead of a traditional foam midsole, this element transforms impact energy to forward momentum, providing incredible push-off. Its upper is made of ultralight nano-mesh with strategically placed overlays and a plastic skeleton structure that’s both responsive and firmly secures the foot in place while on a run. Combined, these elements provide a snug, responsive, and high-performance trainer that serious runners will instantly recognize as a mark of the On Cloudflash’s quality.
And while this sort of excellence comes at a price–and the On Cloudflash is a pretty pricey trainer–for runners looking for one of the most efficient, sleek, and overall powerful running shoes on the market, this is an investment that will pay off in enhanced performance.
With men’s weighing in at 7.7 ounces and women’s at 6.2 ounces, the Cloudflash is an ultra-light low-profile trainer that has optimal responsiveness. Meanwhile, the outsole’s durable rubber pods provide great traction on a run. These are not everyday running shoes but are meant to be worn when performance and speed are paramount, such as races or marathons. For short-distance runners trying to maximize their speed and long-distance runners that are seeking a breathable, durable, and high-performance trainer, the On Cloudflash is a high-end running shoe that delivers on all fronts.
Comfortable despite lack of midsole
Durable CloudTec® outsole offers great amount of traction
Ultra-light nano mesh upper offers great ventilation
High-performance running shoe meant for races and marathons
Price may be a factor
Some have complained that the forefoot is too narrow
- Ultra-lightweight and responsive so runners won’t feel any drag, even during long runs
- Upper's nanomesh is highly breathable and antimicrobial
- Low-abrasion lugs provide excellent traction on traditional running surfaces
- Despite the lack of a midsole, it is a very comfortable shoe