On’s long-distance running shoes get an upgrade to make them faster and friendlier to your body than ever.

On Cloudrunner 2013Award winners in our last running shoes test, On shoes offer a unique take on the running shoe, utilising lugs on the outsole that compress to reduce impact while providing a firm and stable push off to maximise forward momentum.

The Cloudrunner is the Swiss company’s high-mileage shoe, engineered for high impact training and provides the most cushioning of the shoes in the range. The Cloudrunner’s active sole, with its cloud lugs is designed to give the sensation of a barefoot running shoe while preventing the stress injuries that may occur as a result of barefoot running.

The 2013 model has some key upgrades to make it even more comfy and supportive – as well as looking better than ever too. Olivier Bernhard, 6-time Ironman champion and co-founder of On – who also holds the third-fastest Hawaii Ironman split ever (2:41) – said: “The re-engineered Cloudrunner brings the signature On feeling of running on clouds to a new level.

“It offers a minimalist solution for high-impact runs, long training runs and off-road training where additional underfoot protection and stability is needed.“

Highlights of the improvements include:

New bigger clouds on the heel to provide more suspension and comfort, while the forefoot has smaller clouds for a stable and more direct push-off, making it a great shoe for newer runners.
A redesigned upper with more reinforcement structures that provide the runner with maximum support.
On’s new Speedboard system: four distinct layers that interact to support a natural gait, including:

  1. Flex Power: The lengthwise grid translates the impact of the landing into forward energy.
  2. Spiral Dynamics: The diagonal grid supports the natural gait of the foot in a spiral motion.
  3. Torsion Guidance: The high-density diagonal grid guides the foot muscles through the essential torsion phase of the foot movement.
  4. Reinforcement: The transverse grid ensures even energy distribution, interacting with the CloudTec outsole.

US men’s size 8.5 Cloudrunners weigh in at 11.1oz/314g.

We’re big fans of On shoes here at TriRadar and will be reviewing the revised Cloudrunner as soon as we can get some serious training miles into them.

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