When it comes to trail running, On is relatively new to the scene. It launched its first trail running shoes a few years ago and has quickly become a reliable brand in the trail running world.
The Cloudvista is built on a moderate-level Cloudtec platform made from responsive Helion foam that straddles the line between semi-soft and semi-firm, maximal and minimal. It feels plush and smooth on dirt trails and provides soft landings and snappy toe-offs on firmer terrain. The midsole cushioning is accompanied by a flexible rock plate that allows for a cushy, flexible and protective ride that doesn’t inhibit the natural movement of your feet on variable terrain.
“Right away this shoe felt super light on my feet. It definitely isn't overly cushioned, but it also didn’t feel super minimalistic and still provided reasonable protection from the ground,” Alex says.
Out on the trails, it feels agile and precise, allowing for nimble foot placements when required while maneuvering over roots, rocks and trail debris. There’s ample forefoot protection from the reinforced toe bumper and exception protection from pointy rocks under the foot from the flexible plastic plate embedded in the midsole. A few wear-testers suggested they would have appreciated a little more fortification to reduce the impact of sidewall abrasions, but, for the most part, the Cloudvista helps keep your feet out of harm’s way.