On Cloudflash Reviewed for Performance and Quality
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 forwarding 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 the run. 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 excellent traction on the 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.
Keep reading our in-depth On Cloudflash review to find out if it is worth the investment.
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
These low-abrasion lugs also provide excellent traction, preventing slippage and keeping the runner on-pace. The compressed Zero-Gravity foam that acts as a midsole (as this shoe design lacks a correct midsole) helps with responsiveness and contributes to cushioning the foot.
As such, the On Cloudflash is an ultra-lightweight running shoe, weighing in at 7.7 ounces/218 grams in men’s and just 6.2 ounces/176 grams for women’s. Along with many other unique features, the Cloudflash’s incredibly lightweight is yet another excellent feature in a line filled with them.
The SpeedBoard platform, which is made of a material called Pebax, flexes like a bow and offsets the foot’s weight on the outsole, also provides a responsive element that’s both comfortable and adds to the overall performance of the Cloudflash. Its CloudTec® outsole features rubber pods that compress on impact and further cushions the foot on impact.
So although a traditional midsole is not part of the Cloudflash, it seems On Running has sidestepped that element by enhancing the comfort level and performance of the overall shoe.
The yellow outsole is difficult to miss. In profile, the zig-zag like ridges of the foot pads are noticeable, which further compliments this shoe’s looks like a high-performance trainer, while its perforated yellow tongue and shoelaces also draw attention to its professional athletics aesthetic. It may not be the most subtle shoe--or even the most “normal” looking one, but it is a shoe that’s mean for runners to wear during competition. And for this purpose, its style fits function well.
Although this may not be an issue as the Cloudflash is a high-performance trainer that is designed for races and runs, not necessarily as an everyday shoe, On Cloudflash makes durable shoes for serious runners.
But these shoes are meant for the kind of running conditions one would find during a marathon or on the track and as such will not provide much protection on the trail or in inclement conditions.
- 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
Although it is pricier than many other running shoes, those that are in the running game with their eyes on the prize will recognize that an investment in the On Cloudflash will pay off on race day.