On Cloudflow Lightweight and responsive neutral training and racing shoe Pros: Swiss quality design, durable Cons: Stones get stuck in gap in the outsole New innovation or gimmick? On says the shoes’ eight adaptive cloud elements and “Helion” superfoam combine with the “Speedboard” sole to turn impact into acceleration. “The curved heel unit means better hold, durability and comfort. Strategic taping and a new lacing configuration offer sure-footed freedom and support for high-speed goals,” the manufacturer says. “On Cloudflow is a light, fast and responsive shoe that provides good cushioning and stability,” said a long-term wear tester. “The shoe works well for speed work and is also good for shorter races such as five and 10-K.” Another reviewer says the shoe performs well with or without socks.
“I would recommend the shoe for those who prefer running without socks or triathletes who need to save time in transition,” she said. “I used these shoes during the hot, humid, rainy season in Thailand and returned home to icy Canada and the shoes performed well under all conditions.” On the downside, many runners have commented that stones or rocks get stuck between the “clouds” on the outsole. It’s best to use these skoens on surfaces that don’t have many loose impediments. Would you spend R2 999 on this Swiss quality rather than its similarly priced competitors?