Always appreciating a trail running shoe that is light but claims to offer plenty of support we tested the Cloudventure over Box Hill in Surrey.
Swiss manufacture ‘On’ have been producing running shoes since 2010. Three-times World Duathlon Champion and multiple Ironman Winner Olivier Bernhard devoted himself to finding a running shoe that would give him the perfect running sensation. In doing so he crossed paths with a like-minded Swiss engineer who had an idea for a new kind of running shoe; that’s an impressive combination.
Flexible, breathable and comfortable performance on the trails; that’s what makes the Cloudventure by On very formidable and yet very responsive as a running companion. Made from quality components & materials, and featuring technologies that enable the wearer to be more efficient with every step, this shoe keeps the runner performing at their best.
Straight out of the box it is immediately apparent that the different thing about these shoes apart from the bright colours are it’s unique sole. The immediate underfoot platform of the Cloudventure is a foam unit that’s comfortable and soft. It effectively cushions the foot throughout the stride. It works with the CloudTec®, a technology that utilises 11 individual pods that stretch back when weight is put on them, and then spring back into shape during the toe-off.
The pods are actually the ones that are exposed to the ground, but they’re durable and they won’t tear off easily. Layered in these pods is the Micro-Engineered Grip Rubber, which is able to deliver sure traction and surface control to the runner. Roads and trails won’t be obstacles for this external layer of the Cloudventure.
The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a two-layer upper unit that’s made to keep the foot comfortable, secure and well-ventilated. It doesn’t feel stiff and it certainly won’t make the runner feel restricted when it comes to their movements. Water is also staved off because of its water-repellent nature.
We would normally recommend a first run in a brand new pair of trainers no more than 3-4km with a mixture of running and walking. However these were so comfortable and light that we were able to run 10km without really thinking about it and with no aches and pains in the calves or rest of the legs the following day.
With a RRP of £125 these are definitely at the high end of the market which would no doubt put people off thinking about getting them. But considering the joy they bring to running based on the amount of effort that has gone into the design of them – if you are a serious runner these are a no brainer. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever run in.
‘On’ offer a range of different colours and support options that vary in weight and price. But these are perfect to chuck in your kit bag in the hope of a long trail run but will also be fine if you end up running on road or use the gym instead. I can’t wait for my next run.