The On Cloudsurfer is a uniquely designed road shoe that looks just as good as it performs. The Swiss designed trainer was made for and by athletes and features what ‘On’ categorizes as level 3 cushioning. The company offers 4 different levels of cushioning overall. The shoe can easily be used as both a training and racing shoe thanks to its lightweight construction. Despite it’s fairly significant heel to toe drop, the shoe manages to discourage rearfoot striking, which is a pretty impressive feat. Do those pods underfoot actually feel like clouds and does the ‘On’ brand shoe really perform as well as is advertised? Read on to find out more about this specially designed trainer.
- Great cushioning and impact protection
- Mesh upper is very breathable
- Soft cushioning feels nice underfoot
- Durable, made of quality materials
- Pods are quite resistant
- Good amount of ground feel
- Good fit for wide footed runners
- Heavier than similar shoe models
- Poor energy-return
- Pod structure doesn't provide enough traction
- Poor ankle support
- Flimsy laces
- Severe heel to toe drop
- Some found the fit too wide
- This shoe gives top spring back, I can cover longer distances much quicker without experiencing any negative effects such as tired feet, legs muscles, the support from the cushion and ankle area is outstanding.
- No need to break in these, they ran perfectly from the get-go, the upper is like a firm sock and feels natural on my feet, no irritations, no blisters, no type of discomfort and the shoes gives me 100% stability.
- Like these, they give a soft ride no matter what type of surface and the fit is so good I barely notice the shoe, I get a level of return or spring which actually feel like it is launching my feet after each touchdown, my speed is up and the comfort level is totally impressive.
- I put in long distances on often grueling routes and these shoes give me the best performance, I get zero aches or pressure on my knee joints or my ankles the cushion level is simply superb, I can’t find any fault with these.
- I could feel the changes the moment I put each shoe on. The clouds kept my feet from direct shock contact on the ground, much less impact sensation and each step felt light and much easier. The best way I can describe is that it felt like wearing socks but with tons of really well located cushioning.
- The very good feature thing I found for the Cloudsurfer is dirt cannot get into the shoe around the ankles as was a problem with my previous shoes. I noticed that this due to the lacing system which creates a snug fit all round the ankle but without restricting my running foot movement. I put in a good amount of miles every week and so far these are keeping my feet cool, comfortable.
- 5 months of regular running, shock absorption is still 100%, as the shoe is so light I feel I can increase my distances, the toe box gives more space than my previous Brooks and Asics, very impressed by the energy return and the support which is designed into the ankle part of these.
- I had endless problems with previous shoes which cut down blood circulation for my feet to the point my toes were numb, these shoes fixed this, the cushion is perfect, the shoe feels light enough and my feet can breath and blood circulation is fine, these are superbly designed shoes.
- When wearing the shoes I had before these guys I wasn't getting proper circulation and my toes would go a little numb (pins and needles) after about 25 minutes of constant motion. Have not had that issue since switching to On Cloudsurfers. I wear a size 10 comfortably when it comes to runners and these fit perfect.
- 300 miles and these shoes are fine, it is right to say the comfort level of these lets me forget I’m even wearing running shoes, the upper keeps my feet stable, especially the ankles and breathability ensures I always have cool enough feet.
- I got these because I was told they support joints and give protection from shock and they certainly do that and much more, for straight running they are perfect but can be a bit tricky though ok for trail running. The arch support and ankle support are fantastic, cannot imagine running without these.
- Right off just too heavy, thin laces so to tie up the shoes is tricky and getting secure hold for fit via the laces does not work, I run twice a week and just short of two months the heel cushioning seemed to implode and stopped giving support and messed up my balance.
- Watch out for the intrusive tongue in these, way too long for a shoe and can cause friction and cutting into the skin, I was in agony. Tried breaking these in but gave up due to the constant pain.
- Just a couple on months of walking and running and a rubber tube gave up, that's the end of these shoe for me.
- I get a bad feeling of stability sensation while running and it comes from the sole, just can’t figure out if it’s too much spring or something similar. In wet or damp weather the shoes actually squeak like a mouse each time my foot lifts off or touches down, ridiculous.
- The soles clicked a lot and started to break down especially at the rear which meant I could trip up if I stepped backwards. This all set in by 10 weeks of using these.
Unlike traditional rubber outsoles, the pod construction doesn't do a superb job when it comes to gripping underfoot. There's also another shortcoming in the fact that wearers are placed upon these pods. It tends to cause instability.
Here's where things go wrong. The shoe is much too heavy to be comfortable for speedwork. Even for long runs, the shoe may feel heavy to some. Reviewers found the shoe felt hard when landing on the front of the foot. Some runners didn't appreciate the significant heel to toe drop. Many found the laces very uncomfortable and too thin. And there were a variety of complaints regarding the sizing. The design is roomy so most runners will likely need to size down.
The 'Cloudtec pillows' don't deteriorate quickly and users marveled at how long lasting the outsole really was. Over time the pods actually become more responsive to movement and become less rigid.
- Outsole is actually part of the midsole
- Slip tread pattern for grip underfoot
- EVA foam midsole
- Engineered Air Mesh upper construction
- Nearly zero overlays (except for the rear of the shoe)
- Pull tab at the heel
- Standard lacing system
- Reflective components
- Toecap for protection your feet fingers
Even mild pronators should look elsewhere for control since the On CloudSurfer just doesn't provide any. So, why buy? There were certainly some reviewers who enjoyed the pillow pods in the shoe's outsole. A few mentioned that when softened up, the rebound improved. The cushioning is also quite good, especially in the heel area, so landing feels soft. The shoe is also well-made. Its materials won't degrade quickly, even its outsole pods are resistant to wear. The upper is breathable, too, making it another thing the On CloudSurfer does well. The pods do provide a nice amount of padding but the shoe definitely still needs some work.