Why We Chose Them: ‘Cloud Pod’ midsole cushioning, breathable two layer mesh, impressive propulsion
Built on their “Running On Clouds” mantra, Swiss-based On Running look to make road, trail and hiking shoes with a unique concept; with clouds under your feet. Basically, the original shoes they released all had an outsole with cloud-shaped pods that provided cushioning and responsiveness to propel you through each stride. Those pods have evolved slightly over the years as new On shoes have been released but the overall end goal has remained the same and we’ve always been left impressed.
This new release for 2021 from them, the On Cloud Ultra, is designed specifically for high mileage trail running in the mountains.
Who Is The On Running Cloud Ultra For?
Taking inspiration from their road running success, the On Running Cloud Ultra is designed for those looking to pound high mileage on the trails. The combination of soft cushioning with a firm and responsive midsole gives these runners the ability to carry you over long distances without too much fatigue on your joints.
A breathable two layer mesh wraps the entire upper of the Cloud Ultra. This upper not only brings a high amount of airflow, but it also keeps the weight down. As we’re starting to see with a lot of modern day ultra-lightweight mesh uppers, On has reinforced this upper with TPU in high wear areas. The upper is then all pulled together with a relatively traditional lacing system.
Sitting beneath the laces is an elastic band that stretches over the centre of the tongue. This band has been designed to make the shoe hug your foot, providing you with a sock-like fit. Not only does it bring a close fit, but it also gives you the option to loosen the lower section of the laces for a little more comfort when you’re pushing into the high mileage.
“The On Running Cloud Ultra is designed for those looking to pound high mileage on the trails.”
This loosening is achieved through On’s ‘FlipRelease’ lacing system. This system provides a simple and fast way of reducing discomfort through the flip of a leaver. When you’re looking to tighten things back up again then it’s just a simple pull on the laces and flip of the lever.