New shoe, new foam, new sensation.
The Cloudswift is a brand new running shoe from On, and it delivers a new experience thanks to the addition of Helion foam. On’s new cushion recipe blends hard and soft materials to make a foam that delivers enduring energy return and ample protection from the pavement.
On used Helion to line the Cloudswift with its unique Cloud Elements. Those elements collapse diagonally when your foot hits the ground, combining with the compression of the foam to deliver cushion horizontally as well as vertically. Designers capped the Cloud Elements with durable outsole rubber to protect them from abrasion and give you extra grip, even on wet pavement.
To lock your foot in place, the Cloudswiift uses a strong and stretchy midfoot cage. The cage tightens up to keep you secure without restricting the movement of your forefoot.
Testers in our On Cloudswift review loved how the cushion felt beneath their feet, saying it protected against unforgiving pavement but was responsive enough to pick up the pace.
Packed with Helion, the next generation of On is here.
Weight: 10.2 oz (men’s); 8.5 oz (women’s)
Drop: 7 mm
Use: Everyday trainer
Surface: Road, track
4.4/5 on 21 total reviews
Very good shoes!
THOUGHTS: Swiss engineering, as the makers claim, shines through in this long-run shoe. At a little over 10 oz, this is not the lightest shoe you'll find in the trainer/race day shoe category, but the novel midsole design makes the shoe feel lighter than it actually is. I marathon PR'd in these shoes last fall, so naturally I have a soft spot for them. Ride feels fairly soft on longer runs with a decent energy return, although I'd say you'll likely start seeing some fatigue after 20 miles. The mesh upper is quite breathable, even on hot summer days, and offers plenty of room in the toe box for those of you with bigger feet. The collar lining started wearing off considerably after about 200 miles, but I didn't see any noticeable change in comfort (no rubbing/blisters either). This seems to be an issue with other On models as well from what I've read, and might be something for the designers to improve in the next iteration. Longevity wise, I was disappointed that shoe started feeling off after 350 miles; having coughed up $150 for the pair, I'd have liked to put on at least 450 miles on them. Not too upset about this, because their sleek look allows me to wear them as my everyday shoes. Oh and one last thing – I wouldn't recommend these shoes on gravel trails (e.g. Waterfall Glen, IPP) for obvious reasons. NOTES/CAVEATS: (1) Wrote this review after putting about 350 miles on the shoes. (2) My feet tend to run ever so slightly wide, so roomy uppers are important. (3) I use orthotic inserts when I can to correct slight overpronation. (4) Test drove its cousin, On Cloudflow, for 6 miles at FF Oak Park, and I much preferred the Cloudswift (Cloudflow cushioning felt harder).
Love my on clouds. Comfortable. Light.
Great experience fast easy and they are the most comfortable shoes.
Super fast shipping of the exact shoe I needed!!