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On's new Cloudsurfer will put a spring in your step

by kirsty
Friday 20th May 2016
We tried the On Cloudflyer and the Cloudcruiser and found a lot to like in these innovative shoes from the Swiss brand. On recently brought out the Cloudsurfer so we’ve been giving them a test run too.

On Cloudsurfer

My first impression out of the box was a) how bright they were (a kind of salmon pink, but more muted colours are available if you’re not into that) and b) how incredibly light they were. 
For me the key strength of the On shoes I’ve tried is that they are very light and yet pack a lot of structure and support. They look like they should be quite heavy but On have so many innovations to keep them really light. 
One major innovation is the CloudTec® system that the soles use. I’ll let them explain it: 
‘Cushioned landing, firm take-off: that’s the core concept behind the groundbreaking running shoe by the young Swiss brand. A radical development, On’s patented technology combines the benefits of a soft training shoe and a firm and fast racing shoe. Land on a sandy beach, yet push off from a firm running track!
The secret to this bold new dual functionality lies in the On’s 'Clouds' – hollow pods on the sole of the shoe that stretch back on impact to cushion the landing and then lock to form the solid foundation required for a powerful push-off. The result is a new running experience: fast, light and agile.’
This is how I’d explain it from my experience:
When you first put the shoes on the soles feel a bit strange. It feels a little like you’re squishing something when you walk along in them. Like you’re walking on foam or something, not anything nasty. However, when you run in them it’s as if you’re landing on something quite soft - they really cushion the landing - but then the squishy feeling goes away so that when you push off you get purchase. I haven’t explained it as well as On do but it’s like there’s a springiness that cushions, then give you a bit of encouragement to toe off again. But it’s subtle, like a HOKA, and you get used to it very quickly. 
As with other On shoes the mesh on top is very breathable. I’ve found this a bit chilly in the cold weather but now it’s getting warmer my feet are very glad of it. I also found that initially the toe box didn’t feel as roomy as my Cloudflyers - the fit is slightly different - but they were just as comfortable and haven’t given me any blisters. 
On are without a doubt very well engineered shoes and for all their benefits - being light, comfortable, cushioned and innovative technology - they don’t compromise at all on the basics of just being a very well-fitting, structured and supportive shoe. It’s rare that you get a shoe that ticks so many boxes. 
As with all On shoes and their intricate soles you do need to watch where you’re stepping on the pavement. Stepping in dog poo in any trainer is a major inconvenience, but dog egging a pair of Ons would be a disaster! 
Find out more about On shoes here: https://www.on-running.com/en-gb/

About The Author

Kirsty Reade

I’d describe myself as borderline obsessed with running, racing, reading about running, and watching others run so hopefully I’m fairly typical of Run247’s visitors. I tend to do longer races, particularly off-road marathons and ultras, but am pretty much a fan of any distance. I'm passionate about helping runners of all levels to improve through running communities I'm involved in, such as Underground Ultra and Free Range Runners. 


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