Who should buy
We expect that the On Cloud is an ideal match for folks looking out for the next:
- an exceptionally light-weight strolling shoe (the Cloud is an entire ounce lighter than the typical)
- a flexible shoe that can be utilized for each all-day put on and jogging
- a classy, sneaker-like silhouette
- a extremely breathable pair of scorching summers
Who should NOT buy
When you anticipate top-notch sturdiness from “Swiss Engineering,” keep away from the On Cloud. Its higher is unforgivably flimsy and tears simply. Take into account the On Cloudaway as a substitute.
We additionally discovered that the shoe matches barely on the slender facet, making it unsuitable for large toes. Even the model itself recommends going half a measurement up within the shoe. Alternatively, we advise attempting the Allbirds Tree Runners.
The On Cloud is unbelievably breathable!
It is without doubt one of the most well-ventilated strolling sneakers we have seen in our lab. Simply look how effortlessly the smoke is passing by means of its skinny mesh higher in our lab take a look at under. The shoe will get an ideal 5 out of 5 for breathability. It’s our on the spot high choose for summertime.
Take a look at these massive mesh pores! It is virtually a fishing internet.
Wanting on the higher up shut by means of our microscope, the variety of air flow holes per sq. centimeter is fairly important.
As a lot as we had loved the air flow capability of the Cloud, our Dremel take a look at actually destroyed our excessive hopes for the shoe.
The mesh materials protecting a big portion of the higher together with the toebox was torn the very second we touched it with the instrument. We apply the identical drive (3.2N) and velocity (10K PRM) for 12 seconds to all our sneakers within the lab however there may be at the very least just a few seconds of resistance.
However not within the case of the Cloud. It solely will get 1 out of 5 for sturdiness from us.
The shoe’s artificial overlays are too skinny and weak to stop put on and tear. Keep away from brushing the shoe towards concrete blocks, stones, or different abrasive surfaces.
For reference, right here is how the Hoka Transport shoe held as much as the identical Dremel take a look at.
On Cloud (1/5) vs. Hoka Transport (4/5)
Heel padding durability
Sadly, we noticed the identical flimsy materials on the shoe’s heel collar.
Scuffed instantly by the Dremel, this a part of the shoe additionally obtained 1 out of 5 in our sturdiness take a look at.
On the brilliant facet, the outsole was a pleasant shock.
Urgent a durometer towards the rubber, we discovered that at 87 HC, it’s more durable than 85% of our lab-tested strolling sneakers.
That is certainly spectacular as a result of we see this sort of rubber hardness in mountain climbing sneakers! In our expertise, it takes for much longer to wear down a tough rubber compound.
After all, we needed to drill the outsole with a Dremel too!
And that is the place the Cloud’s toughness is all hidden. We utilized the instrument to the rubberized a part of one of many pods within the heel and have been merely amazed at its put on resistance.
Utilizing a tread gauge, we measured the dent left by the Dremel. It’s only 0.68 mm deep! In the meantime, the typical injury brought about to our strolling sneakers by the identical take a look at is 0.9 mm deep.
Lastly, we needed to measure the thickness of those rubber pods to evaluate how a lot life there may be within the outsole.
Our caliper reveals that the rubber is 3.8 mm thick, which is notably thicker than the typical. One other bonus level goes out to the Cloud.
The one draw back is that not the entire pods are coated in rubber. Solely probably the most high-impact places are protected: 5 pods within the forefoot and three within the heel.
To sum all of it up, we anticipate at the very least 400 miles of service from the On Cloud’s outsole. We’d give it an excellent longer life expectancy if it had a full-length outsole.
This unique On Cloud shoe has made it into our high lightest picks a number of instances!
Weighing the shoe on our scales, we received 8.2 oz (232g) in a males’s US 9. It’s precisely the identical weight that is said on the model’s web site.
That method, the Cloud is among the many lightest strolling sneakers on our listing. It’s about 1 oz (30g) lighter than the typical. And evaluating it to different strolling sneakers from On, it’s only second to its newer model, the Cloud 5 (7.9 oz/225g).
The On model states that the Cloud was alleged to be their “lightest absolutely cushioned” shoe and that its heel stack is 24 mm tall.
Utilizing a caliper to test it ourselves, we discovered that the heel is a bit bit extra elevated – at 27.3 mm.
Though it’s about 3 mm thinner than the typical, we discovered it to be cushioned sufficient for prolonged durations of strolling.
Due to the extra elevated heel, we calculated that the heel-to-toe drop of the On Cloud is 9 mm. That is notably increased than the said 6 mm.
And though the distinction will not be apparent to 95% of the wearers, we’d nonetheless anticipate the model to be extra correct with such measurements.
Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it’s firm.
Strolling and working within the Cloud felt very distinctive to us. The landings have been agency but cushioned due to the upper CloudTec pods within the heel.
When urgent our durometer towards the pods, we received a studying of 28.5 HA.
On our spectrum of lab-tested sneakers, that is neither too gentle nor agency. Balanced is one of the simplest ways to explain such a cushioning.
Midsole softness in cold
Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it’s firm.
Difference in midsole softness in cold
Do take into consideration that the On Cloud will get agency in low temperatures.
After conserving our shoe within the freezer, we repeated the durometer measurement and located that the studying modified to 38.5 HA. That is about as agency as many different strolling sneakers get after the identical take a look at.
The cushioning of the On Cloud firmed up by 35%, which is precisely the identical distinction as we now have noticed in different strolling sneakers.
Contemplating the shoe’s supreme breathability, we predict that the Cloud is just not the proper shoe for colder months. You could end up a lot cozier in a pair of Allbirds.
Contributing to the shoe’s cushioning is its generously padded insole. We measured its thickness at 6.2 mm, which is greater than 1 mm thicker than common.
Lateral stability test
From our preliminary evaluation of the Cloud’s stability, we realized that it’s NOT choice for flat toes and/or overpronation.
There’s merely not sufficient assist underfoot or within the higher to stop the ankle from rolling inwards excessively.
As we bent and twisted the Cloud in our fingers, we discovered it onerous to imagine that there’s a full-length Speedboard plastic plate embedded into the midsole.
It takes little or no effort to twist the shoe sideways and so we rated its torsional stiffness as little as 2 out of 5.
In our opinion, the Speedboard does not do a lot for stability however relatively, it helps so as to add a bit snap to the toe-offs.
Heel counter stiffness
One other potential supply of stability in a strolling shoe is its stiff heel counter. And the On Cloud appears to be doing higher on this regard.
Pushing and squeezing this a part of the shoe, we felt stage of resistance however nothing too loopy. Thus, we rated it as 3 out of 5, a stable center floor.
Midsole width in the heel
The state of affairs will get even worse within the heel. The widest half right here measures in at solely 76.9 mm. It is a whopping 10 mm narrower than the typical!
By far, the On Cloud is the narrowest strolling shoe in our lab! If you’re used to counting on a large touchdown space, we suggest the Cloudnova or the Cloudnova Kind as a substitute.
Need a shoe that bends alongside together with your foot as if you happen to weren’t sporting any? Strive the Cloud!
It’s actually onerous to discover a extra versatile shoe with out going into the minimalist realm. We measured how a lot drive it takes to bend this On shoe to a 90-degree angle and it solely required 9.9N! For reference, the present common is 19N.
That is by far probably the most versatile strolling shoe right here in our lab.
Difference in stiffness in cold
Even when uncovered to a freezing atmosphere (corresponding to our personal freezer) for 20 minutes, the stiffness of the Cloud solely bumps as much as 14.9N.
That is 50% extra versatile than the typical! It’s much more versatile than most strolling sneakers in room temperature.
The On Cloud stiffened up by 51.5% in our chilly publicity take a look at. As a lot as it could appear, it wasn’t even sufficient to maneuver it from the very versatile vary to the reasonably versatile one.
Grip / Traction
Having examined the On Cloud on quite a lot of surfaces, from slick tiles to hard-packed trails, we discovered its grip to be okay at greatest.
It’s not probably the most surefooted expertise as a result of the shoe has zero treads and a few of its pods haven’t any rubber protection.
P.S. One factor that actually annoys us in almost each On shoe is the hole in between the pods. It’s large sufficient to catch pebbles and different particles which then get caught within the sole.
Toebox width at the widest part
The shoe’s slender platform additionally made us very a lot involved concerning the higher width. Is it simply as slender?
Measuring the widest a part of the toebox, we discovered that the On Cloud is simply common. At 97.9 mm, it’s precisely the identical as the typical of strolling sneakers.
Toebox width at the big toe
We additionally made positive that the toebox does not get too tapered in direction of the toes.
Measuring the toebox width across the massive toe, we discovered it to be 80.7 mm, even a tiny bit wider than the typical 78.2 mm.
And but, one way or the other the general match of this shoe felt a bit bit slender. Even the model itself recommends going half-size up on the On Cloud on their official web site.
For our medium-width toes, this was not an issue. However if you happen to favor to have some further area for splaying the toes or particularly you probably have large toes, do go half measurement up or take into account a extra spacious strolling shoe just like the Allbirds Tree Runners.
Tongue: gusset type
A totally-gusseted tongue performed its half very effectively on this On shoe. The lockdown was glorious and we skilled zero in-shoe motion.
The tongue was comfy, not too thick but not too skinny. We measured it at 5.3 mm which is even a bit thicker than common.
It did an incredible job defending our insteps from attainable stress factors from the laces.
There isn’t any heel tab on this On Cloud shoe. Nevertheless it did not appear to be an issue to us due to the large shoe opening. It makes the Cloud really feel nearly like a slip-on.
If you’ll want to use a plusher pair of orthotics to compensate for the marginally agency trip of the On Cloud, you’ll be able to simply achieve this. The shoe’s insole is definitely detachable.
The On Cloud comes with each elastic and traditional laces. The latter are added to the shoe field.
We most well-liked the default elastic lacing for 2 causes. Firstly, it makes the shoe’s match rather less constricting. Secondly, we discovered the traditional laces too skinny and lengthy, which was relatively messy and ugly.
What we recognize very a lot concerning the On Cloud is that its higher design seems to be quite simple and but supplies a ton of consolation.
It has a pleasant sock-like really feel, with no trace of roughness, which allowed us to remain abrasion and blister-free whilst we tried sporting it with no socks.
Coming again house in the dead of night hours is made a bit safer with the On Cloud. The branding on the again and on the edges is product of reflective materials to maintain you seen.