In my quest to find a more cushioned shoe for the marathon I decided to try the On Cloudrush! Weighing roughly 8.1 ounces, the Cloudrush is a more substantial shoe for workouts and racing than what I’m used too. As I mentioned during my training, one thing I’ve done to stay healthier is to use shoes with more substance and cushion.
On Cloudrush Fit:
On generally run narrow and the Cloudrush is no exception. Something good (for me anyway), like many racing oriented shoes, is it unisex sizing.
Fit wise; I’m usually anywhere between a women’s size 10-11 wide. Since they are unisex, I chose the 9.5 and was fine but width and length.
The Cloudrush is almost all mesh. It’s lightweight and breathable, but at the same time, it allows moisture into the shoe much quicker. That being said, most people are racing or doing workouts in the shoe so it’s not as if you’ll go run a 30-mile muddy trail race in them.
The lightweight mesh also allows for the shoe to be much lighter and a lot of breathability. Every part of the upper is thin and lightweight, from the toebox to the laces, to the tongue. The shoe was made to run fast.
On Cloudrush Ride:
The On Cloudrush is both responsive and soft. That is a weird thing to type. If you’ve never run in an On shoe, their technology uses small rubber pods on the bottom of the shoe that each adapt to the needs of a runner.
The Cloudrush has 18 pods. Each pod collapses and compress when the runner strikes the pavement. So if you hit more on the heel, the heel pods will compress to your stride. If you strike the forefront, the forefront will collapse more. The pods make for a much more personalized ride.
I like how light the Cloudrush is but that it still provides cushion. Many true flats have little to no cushion, but I do appreciate the substance of the shoe. Throughout the last month, I’ve done several runs in the shoe ranging from an easy run to 400s, to a tempo run. For me, I think they are best suited for a tempo run. I think I appreciate more cushion for a long race, but I do believe a lot of people would like this the On Cloudrush for either a half or full marathon.
On Cloudrush Conclusions
I like the Cloudrush, and I will continue to use it for workouts (at this point after New York). It’s lightweight and responsive but also well cushioned. For me, it’s an excellent combination for workouts.
It’s definitely a good half to full marathon shoe.
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Inner dialogue with myself: . Me: I don’t want to do this workout..it’s so windy outside. . Me: YOU CAN’T PRETEND NYCM WON’T BE WINDY AF ON THOSE BRIDGES. . Me: ok. Good point. . 12x400s averaging 6:10 pace with 400 recovery in between. . . 🌬 I didn’t blow away so success
Races: Nike Fly
Questions for you:
Marathoners, what is your shoe of choice?
Do you have a favorite shoe?