The On Running Cloudventure trail shoes have been in the store and on test with us for a little while. We’re impressed. If you’re interested in the innovative range of On Trail shoes read on for our testing details…
We’d liked the look of the On running shoes range for a while. We’d seen some good reviews and talked to customers who have been using them. Finally we got the first Cloudventure shoes in the range a month ago and we’ve been testing them ourselves to make sure they are up to scratch.
We’ve put together a more detailed look at the shoes, we hope it helps.
This is the On Running Cloudventure midtop shoe. It’s the same sole unit and chassis as the regular Cloudventure shoe but it’s a little different and quite unique.
Inovative upper structure – starting with the specifics of the midtop version of the On Cloudventure. It’s built with a higher ankle for additional support
We’ve not seen this on other shoes, the midtop is built to offer additional support on rocky trails and over longer distances the higher ankle keeps you more stable.
The upper also features an inner and outer layer. It’s innovative and wearing it offers the runner a more precise fit.
The lacing still works to secure the foot but the inner is one piece and the fit is more wrapped, precise and secure.
All around the Cloudventure you see high end materials and quality construction.
The upper of the Cloudventure features a decent toe bumper and rand for protection from rocks and stones.
Along with reflective accents front, side and rear, the range is beefy enough to take knocks on more technical terrain.
The upper mesh is breathable but reinforced and relatively dense - it offers a little extra protection from water ingress in damp weather (but not enough to impede breathability or the mires of North Yorkshire winter!).
The heel and mid foot of the upper are well supported and protected also. The Cloudventure features a stiffened and sturdy dual layer heel cup and buffer.
As per all the rest of the shoe, the construction oozes quality and good design.
The fit on the shoe is relatively precise. There's plenty of width and the lacing (considering the one piece inner) allows for a secure fit. The lacing runs through quality metal eyelets at the top and bar tacked webbing. The lacing runs well and secures the full run of the midfoot.
Alongside the tough upper, the sole unit is where the cloudventure gets radically different.
Without the weight and bulk of a fully cushioned of midsole, the Cloudventure is 'sprung' with hollow cleats that cushion and a propel the shoe forward on the rebound (the fully techy specs are on the product page!).
The cleats are really interesting - they compress and 'spring' out to push the shoe forward.
This means the cushioning is much lighter and less bulkier.
Grip is good but not excessive. The cleats and sole unit have small lugs and whilst this is no shoe for off the trails, it's ideal over longer distances and on paths, trails and footpaths.
All told, we think the combination of the innovative one piece high upper and lightweight cushioned sole unit make the On Running Cloudventure a really interesting proposition. The On Running road shoes are already building a following with runners and we think the Cloudventure shoes will do a similar job. Are they ideal for you? Our advice would be, if the fit is right, if you are running on trails, paths and tracks with rocky terrain and longer distances then yes it is. Do speak to us about them - we can help advise you if you are considering them. In the meantime, you can find the On Running Cloudventure Midtop and the regular Cloudventure shoes in our On Trail Running Shoes section here. As we said, do get in touch to talk about them.