I am a shoe addict, often buying in bulk and consuming one shoe per month (on 120km pw). Current active models are:
– Training: New Balance Zante, Saucony Fastwitch, On Running Cloud
– Racing: Saucony Type A6
– Trail: New Balance Minimum Trail
I am NOT a shoe technology fiend nor do I buy into the latest gimmicks (e.g. Five Fingers, Running Sandles, Hoka Clown Shoes). The three thing that matters to most:
– Do they feel comfortable? I need a wide toebox and snug heel.
– Is it functional? I like low drop, lightweight, versitle enough for 10-42.2km, base and speedwork.
– Do they last? Needs to keep elasticity >500km
I took a gamble with an upcoming EUR brand, On Running that has had early traction in Australia. After 4 weeks ownership and 250km wear, this is my independent review.
On Running – Cloud – official link here.
One-liner: A rare find being a minimalist shoe with cushion. Call it a lightweight trainer and back-up racing shoe. Score 4/5.
– Main positives: versatile, sexy design, super light yet offers pavement protection, easy to slip on.
– Main negatives: picks up rocks, elastic lacing not OK for racing, not enough foot hug and ground feel for trails, not suitable for heavy foot strikes.
Lightweight trainer or even OK for racing at 250g (give or take). Just a 6mm heel to toe drop putting it in minimalist category. The waffle-like sole gives this shoe good cushion. When I close my eyes, I’m wearing the Innov-8 range (195s or 233s). I would say thin on the top, then a sole design that copies Nike Free Runs.
Do they feel comfortable?
If the shoe doesn’t feel right when you slip them on, avoid. These felt fine. I have very wide feet and cannot use most ASICS, Adidas, Nike models. The shoes arrived with elastic laces to which I’ve had zero issues. Happy with fit whilst moving, no blistering, shoes holding their shape. If you are an US11 in most brands, then order an 11.
Is it functional?
Just fine on speed-work and 30km runs. A good balance between cushioned sole, high flexibility and marginal ground feel. I feel I could race 21km to 42km in them. Perhaps the poor arch support may be an issue for some in long-runs. I put this model in my ‘primary training shoe’ and ‘secondary racing shoe’ classes.
Do they last?
I figured the waffles would deteriorate and lose elasticity. At 250km, this is not the case and expect these will do 700km before seeing the trash. That’s acceptable. Little visible signs of wear after 250km…
– Fit – 5/5
– Function – 4/5
– Durability – 3/5
– Overall: 4/5
Will I buy buying more?
Yes, in bulk and only on sale (RRP $180).