Why We Chose The On Running Cloudvista Trail Running Shoe: Responsive, cushioned, comfortable
Founded by former professional athlete Oliver Bernhard and his friends David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti, On has (quite literally by looking at the size of some of their midsoles) ballooned in recent years. Built around a basic concept of a shoe that holds a cushioned landing yet still retains a firm toe off, the shoe has quickly been embraced by the running community – you’ll even find fellow Swissman Roger Federer lacing into a pair on court.
The On Running Cloudvista is a new shoe for the Swiss-based company, and it shows their appetite to continue to eat into the ever-expanding trail running industry, following the relative success of the Cloudventure range.
Who Is The On Running Cloudvista For?
The Cloudvista is a trail running shoe that’s been designed to offer that now classic On midsole cushioning while remaining responsive and agile enough for short to medium distance runs.
So, the first thing to think about when you’re talking about any On shoe is, of course, that very unique outsole design. The brand is defined by their ‘Cloudtec’ midsole technology, and it lives on in the Cloudvista. The technology makes use of a series of U-shaped blocks of soft, yet responsive, ‘Helion’ foam. These blocks have been hollowed out to both reduce weight and increase the amount of cushioning.
“I’ve been taking this on 10 – 20 km runs and they’ve been fantastic.”
By joining rows of these U-Shaped blocks together, On create a midsole that’s extremely cushioned that’s said to reduce muscle fatigue and lower heart rate mainly thanks to the reduced amount of effort that’s required per stride and the reduced amount of impact on your knees.
The CloudTec features a channel down the middle of them to allow the outsole and midsole to flex in a range of directions. This flex means that, depending on the way you strike, you’re always going to get a consistent strike and toe off. Speaking of toe offs, the Cloudvista features a 7 mm heel to toe drop which leads to a good deal of rocker to roll off – especially when combined with the highly responsive midsole.