ON Cloud X Review
By our Newcastle Store Manager, James
The Cloud X is a brand new Lightweight Cushioned Racing shoe released by the Innovative running shoe brand ON.
• Brand - On
• Model - Cloud X
• Weight – 229 g (Size US M8.5)
• Type – Racing/Lightweight trainer
• Heel to Toe Offset – 6mm
• RRP - $219.95
The first feel of the shoe is very familiar for ON lovers. Compared to the original ON Cloud shoes, the upper is much lighter and conforms beautifully to the shape of all feet. The updated version utilises a dual density sock liner and a seamless shoe tongue to wrap the mid-foot whilst still allowing the forefoot to splay naturally, this combines well with the barefoot nature of the shoe allowing a sturdy yet cushioned ride. Overall, the lighter and more responsive feel of the shoe had me eager to test them out on the road.
My First run in the shoe was during our Weekly Pure run on a Wednesday. The run took us along the flats and over the hills, allowing me to vary my pace and get a good overall feel of the shoes. My initial thoughts were the Cloud X felt fast and fun! The shoes allowed me to strike comfortably through my mid to forefoot and transition efficiently to the toe-off phase. Unlike the majority of other shoe brands, the ON CloudTec cushioning system provides a much firmer yet responsive feel. My favourite aspect of shoe was that I totally forgot I had a brand new set of wheels on! The shoes allowed me to run naturally whilst providing appropriate cushioning and encouraged me to run faster and harder.
• Snug and Comfortable fit
• Firm and Fast cushioning
• Natural Barefoot Movement
• Potential for objects to get stuck in the sole
• Low Heel to toe drop could impact Plantar and Achilles tendons
• No Medial Support for Over Pronating runners.
Overall, the Cloud X is a superbly light and comfortable running shoe. The shoe is perfect for runners who enjoy a natural ride without the risk of impact-associated injuries. Marketed for “Runners who have actively mix their workouts”, the shoe also has the potential to be used in a variety of fitness settings. Although ON is a young and innovative running shoe brand, the fit and feel of the Cloud X definitely leaves me wanting more!