On Cloudeclipse Review: Is The Perfect Shoe?

The On Cloudeclipse is a the perfect example of what happens when a top shoe company goes all in on comfort and energfyr return. It leads to one of the softest rides and some of the most jaw dropping energy return.

I have really enjoyed testing this shoe over the past few months and in this On Cloudeclipse Review I will take you through every detail of this great shoe.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £120

Weight: 286g

Stack height: 37mm

Usage: Daily training

Pros

  • Smooth and highly cushioned
  • Accommodating upper fit
  • Excellent foot lockdown
  • Balanced ride

Cons

  • Upper’s dye bleeds onto the white laces
  • low outsole durability
  • Expensive
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 9/10
  • Support: 9/10
  • Grip: 9/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • speed: 6/10
  • versatility: 6/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Upper breathability: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 7/10

On Cloudeclipse First Impressions

My first run in these shoes was a 15km slow paced recovery run. The first time I put these shoes on I was impressed with how comfortable they felt. Although the ride was firm they shoes were very comfortable and the upper was soft.

The shoes didn’t need much breaking in. The transitions felt smooth however the downside of this model is that the shoe does offer very little speed assistance. They worked very well as a daily trainer because the shoe makes you really work to run faster which means when you switch into your racing shoes you will feel like your flying.

Why Should You Buy This Shoe?

If you are in the market for a highly cushioned On trainer which has a softer ride than the Cloudmonster but a more cushioned and firm ride than the cloudsurfer.

Why Should You Not Buy This Shoe?

If you are in the market for a lightweight speed trainer with lots of ground feel then this is not the shoe for you. This is a heavy, cushioned daily trainer that it best suited for recovery runs and is not energetic or versatile.

Upper of the Shoe

The upper of this model is very soft and comfortable. It is not as conforming as the Cloudmonster however it is not as plush as the Cloudsurfer. It feels more like a daily trainer than a max cushioned upper.

The tongue is a soft, flat and knitted kind which is attached on both sides and the laces pass through 2 separate loops on the tongue to ensure no slide. I thought that the heel and overall foot lockdown on this shoe was very good.

It has a true to size fit with a really accommodating forefoot and toe box. On uses dye to colour the upper as it uses 90% less water however the down side to this is that when it gets wet, the dye runs onto the laces. This is the only flaw of the upper.

Foam of the Shoe

The foam in this shoe is very balanced and has a very likeable and engaging ride. There is a double layer of Cloudtec Phase in the Clouclipse however I don’t see where the extra layer is. It appears to have exactly the same setup as the Cloudsurfer’s midsole but just a taller version of it.

The large holes in its midsole allow it to compress very easily which gives you an unique feeling of mechanical cushioning. The Helion midsole is also not overly soft so there is a lot of lean bias.

It has a very cushioned and padded ride but I wouldn’t say it feels particularly soft. It doesn’t have a squishy underfoot feeling like the Nike Invincible 3 which means it doesn’t feel as slow.

This model feels more like a daily trainer than a super soft, max-cushioned trainer.

Sole of the Shoe

For such a tall shoe (44mm in the heel), the cloudclipse feels relatively stable. Its midsole compresses a lot when loaded so it doesn’t feel like it’s 44mm.

My favourite characteristic about the ride is that is has very little ground feel which means it protects my legs from pounding on the road. This makes it a great trainer for running at slower paces.

Conclusion to this On Cloudeclipse Review

Overall, I really like this shoe for slow paced runs and it is one of my favourite shoes for recovery runs. If you are in the market for a fast pace running shoe then this trainer will disappoint however it makes for a great daily trainer.

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