The team at On Running Sent me a pair of the new Cloudflows to test this year and put through their paces. After trying the Cloud Surfers last year I was looking forward to getting my feet in them and doing some miles in them too.
Like the Cloud Surfers they are super light and have similar ‘clouds’ to give you your cushioning. The colourways are amazing as always with On Running and look like super smart. I was sent the Blue shoes which look very smart with the flo yellow tongue and heal.
As soon as you pick up a pair of the cloudflows you are very aware of how light and flexible they are. My last pair became my go to shoe as they felt like slippers. They will not suit all as they have a heel to toe drop of 6mm so have a more race shoe profile.
So straight from the box I used them on a hard track session in deepest winter. On the 2km run to the track they did feel a little slippy on the tarmac paths but I found this with my last pair. I was confident and can now say that with a bit of wearing they do bet better. It is like you need to remove the top layer for them to grip better.
The only issue I had on the first session was the squeak! The dreaded curse of on shoes are that due to the ‘clouds’ you get ‘feedback’ on every step in the wet! It’s quiet funny and became a talking point with fellow runners saying it was keeping them ‘honest’ as they could hear me approaching!
This only happens in wet conditions and I don’ mind it as a trade-off for a good shoe. Comfort levels are as expected. They are comfy with a good size toe box. No internal stitching means that they would suit Triathletes bar there is not a heal tab as found with the Cloud Surfers.
As well as comfort they feel quick! They have a new design which is meant to help with a natural roll from heal to fore foot. I’m a forefoot runner so I cannot comment on this but I can say they are super flexible and respond well.
The only downside I have found to this shoe is you can occasionally get stones stuck between the 2 rows of clouds. There are 2 rows of cloud in the mid part of the shoe and heel, 1 running down either side of the shoe. There is a 1cm gap between each one down the centre of the shoe. This sometimes picks up stones on deep gravel but is easy to remove but if you do a lot of gravel running this may not be the shoe for you.
I currently have done about 80 miles in these shoes and they are still looking smart but do show more wear than expected, I feel the rubber on the sole maybe a little too soft. I have used these shoes for both short, speed work as well as longer runs and found they suit both.
If you want a low profile, light smart looking training I would strongly recommend you try these out. They may feel a little odd to start but I’m sure you will like them! Especially when they talk to you in wet conditions!