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ON CLOUDSTRATUS REVIEW

On Cloudstratus Review

THE BUZZ

Now it its second edition, the On Cloudstratus is a high-mileage, everyday trainer built for cushion, comfort and support.

It features an innovative CloudTec cushioning and support system that serves up a smooth, energetic and durable ride.

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WHAT’S NEW

The new Cloudstratus has been enhanced with a re-engineered midsole platform, a roomier forefoot, an improved outsole, a curvier rocker profile and an updated gusseted tongue. Those changes all contribute to a better fit, softer feel and improved overall performance.

The two-layer CloudTec midsole cushioning system has been updated with a softer Helion foam. The foam compresses and rebounds more effectively without bottoming out. It’s soft and responsive, not soft and mushy like the super-soft foam in some lighter training shoes.

The Speedboard plastic plate embedded in the midsole and rocker geometry are the key to both a smooth ride and slight propulsive feeling as the foot rolls through to the toe-off moment of a stride.

The rocker profile creates a significant toe-spring design in the forefoot to encourage forward propulsion, while the Speedboard provides a firm feeling ideal for launching off the ground at toe-off.

The new, one-piece upper is lighter, more breathable and more conducive to natural foot flex than the double-layered upper of the previous edition. It gives this version of the Cloudstratus a streamlined look and contributes to the improved fit, feel and ride.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The new Cloudstratus fits true to size with a snug, narrow/medium fit in the heel and midfoot but a notably wider fit in the forefoot.

They feel comfortable soft when you step into them and lace them up. This is thanks in part to the foamy heel collar, comfy tongue and cushy sock liner. However, there’s a sensation of both soft and semi-firm the moment you start running in them.

In fact, the Cloudstratus has a firm flex sensation that’s similar to a racing shoe with a carbon-fiber plate, even though it’s not nearly as light and energetic.

The eight individual CloudTec midsole cushioning pods compress according to a runner’s specific gait pattern. The pods support the foot with a near-custom ride as it rolls to the forefoot.

The ride is smooth, moderately soft and noticeably snappy from slow to moderately fast paces.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who log moderate to high-mileage volume every week and appreciate near-maximal cushioning will love the new Cloudstratus.

It’s a trainer that offers a good mix of comfort, durability and support for daily training and long runs.

It’s resilient and bouncy enough to provide enough energetic pop for some faster workouts, including longer intervals and tempo runs.

It has enough cushioning and support for running a half marathon or marathon, but it’s not quite light enough for running all-out track workouts or racing shorter distances.

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ON CLOUDSTRATUS PROS

The fit has really been improved to accommodate more foot shapes with a more spacious toe box, improved heel hold, gusseted tongue, improved sock liner and updated “star” lacing system.

The enhancements have resulted in an adaptable, semi-custom, wrap-like fit that’s big on both comfort and performance.

This is one of the most eco-friendly shoes on the market. The shoe is made with 75 percent of the polyester content and 20 percent of the entire shoe made from recycled materials.

That includes the tongue, vamp, interior lining, sock liner, laces and upper are made entirely from recycled polyester.

The outsole has a redesigned tread pattern and a better mix of blown rubber and carbon rubber. This has improved the traction, softness and feel of this shoe.

A slightly wider, beveled channel underneath the foot allows for better heel-to-toe transitions, improved flex and, most importantly, fewer pebbles being caught on the run.

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ON CLOUDSTRATUS CONS

The Cloudstratus isn’t heavy, but it’s not quite as light as some high-mileage trainers in the same class.

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2021 ON CLOUDFLOW REVIEW

THE BUZZ

Now it its third edition, the On Cloudflow is a lightweight, low-to-the-ground neutral training shoe designed for efficient, quick-cadence running.

It’s built with On’s Cloud cushioning technology and features a semi-firm plate embedded in the midsole that loads each stride with shock-absorbing cushioning and a jolt of energy for a smooth, snappy ride.

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WHAT’S NEW

The biggest updates to the On Cloudflow are a better-fitting heel cup and new engineered mesh upper made from 70 percent recycled materials.

The ultralight Helion midsole superfoam provides a fast, responsive feeling with fully cushioned road protection and exceptional durability. Unlike some midsole materials that falter in hot or cold weather, the Helion cushioning performs equally as well in all temperatures without losing its performance qualities.

The heel cup has been improved to make the rearfoot fit feel more precise and locked down. It gives the Cloudflow a reassuringly secure sensation that contributes to its performance-oriented agility, especially when cornering or running hills at faster speeds.

With small sections of grippy rubber and an enhanced traction pattern on the bottom of most of the Cloud pods, the Cloudflow’s outsole serves up exceptional hold for agile and reliable road running. Although a few pods have exposed foam facing the ground, it doesn’t affect the long-timer durability or performance of the shoe.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Cloudflow fits true to size with a medium-volume interior, an improved fit in the heel, a secure connection at the arch/saddle area and just enough wiggle room in the forefoot.

When you step into these shoes and lace them up, you’ll feel a unique sensation of comfort and precision that comes from the cleanly designed upper and soft but spartan interior that securely holds your feet in place.

The ride is moderately soft and buttery smooth, with an easy-flexing demeanor that’s energized by the semi-firm polypropylene Speedboard embedded in the midsole.

It’s not an overly cushy ride compared to other shoes, but it’s soft enough to reduce the impacts of the ground while also promoting efficient running form.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who prefer a moderate level of cushioning with an intuitive feel for the ground will love the new Cloudflow. Its lightweight, energetic and agile vibe is ideal for all types of up-tempo running, including fartlek workouts, interval sessions and short-distance racing.

Although it’s best for shorter and faster running, it could serve as a long-run shoe or everyday trainer for runners who are light on their feet and appreciate a proprioceptive connection to the ground.

ON CLOUDFLOW PROS

On’s Cloud cushioning technology is the most unique midsole configuration in the running shoe industry. It’s comprised of 18 individually shaped CloudTec pods under each foot that offer a high level of cushioning and responsiveness while allowing your feet to roll naturally and consistently from heel to toe.

The cleanly designed engineered mesh upper not only creates a more streamlined look, but it offers seamless comfort and connectivity at higher speeds. Plus, the Cloudflow makes a strong environmental statement, given that the upper is made of 70 percent polyester content and the overall composition is comprised of 20 percent recycled material.

The clean, almost artful design of the Cloudflow creates amazing aesthetic appeal. The look, feel and comfort make it one of those shoes you want to wear when you’re not running.

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ON CLOUDFLOW CONS

The Cloudflow doesn’t have the depth or soft bounciness of some other training shoes available at JackRabbit.com. If you don’t like a shoe with a low-to-the-ground, semi-firm feeling, consider the On Cloud X for a more cushioned ride.

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FIND YOUR FIT: SAVING THE PLANET

SUSTAINABILITY IN THE RUNNING INDUSTRY

Sustainability in the Running Industry

RUNNING SUSTAINABLY

Protect Our Winters, Runners for Public Lands, Native Womens Wilderness are just a few organizations promoting outdoor activity while simultaneously promoting sustainably-minded practices.

It’s no secret that climate change is happening – and as runners, we tend to notice changes within our environments rather quickly. Whether it be more air pollution (hello, Denver!), decrease in annual snowfall or even dangerous increases in precipitation and rain. 

However, running sustainably means more than just wearing plastic-free and recycled gear. Sustainability starts at the beginning of the production process, ensuring workers have fair wages, human rights, benefits and more. Below are some of our brand partners that are focused on both sustainable products and human rights.

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED:  Our definition: Materials that have little to no impact on the environment, including production process and post-consumption.

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POWERED BY PLANTS WITH REEBOK

Reebok has sustainability locked-in when it comes to sustainability practices by releasing their [REE]GROW and [REE]CYCLED lines of footwear and apparel. Employing eucalyptus bark, castor bean oil, bloom algae, natural rubber and recycled polyester into their manufacturing has allowed Reebok to stay ‘ahead of the thread’. 

Sustainable products available: Reebok Floatride Energy 3.0, Reebok Forever Floatride Grow

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ICEBREAKER MERINO SECRETS

For over 25 years, Icebreaker has led the way in outdoor sustainability apparel. Their secret? Dedication to sustainable methods…and their fan-favorite Merino wool. What is Merino?

 “Merino is super lightweight, soft, non-itchy, non-clammy, warm in the cold and cool in the heat. Plus, it has a miraculous ability to resist odor. Because it was made in the mountains rather than in a petrochemical laboratory. Merino wool fiber is naturally renewable, recyclable and biodegradable*.”

They have lofty goals of using only 100% natural fibers (goodbye, plastic!) by 2023. Beyond their materials, they look at the intersectionality of their workers + what sustainability means. We’re happy to have partners like them who exceed industry averages in labor practices, hours, wages, benefits and more. Learn more about their dedication to human rights here.

We’re happy to be able to sell a variety of icebreaker Merino apparel.

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QUICK SUSTAINABILITY TIP

Have shoes you no longer wear? Visit your local running store and ask if they have a donation bin for used shoes.

ABOUT THE LOOP

What is the loop? The loop is in reference to the lifecycle of a product. Instead of it going from production to business to consumer to waste, in a loop system the product is able to stay out of the landfill and looped back into recycling or other uses.

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ADIDAS THREE LOOP STRATEGY

“Through sport, we have the power to change lives”

The team at adidas has a strong understanding of what it means to play for the environment. The were the first in the industry to bring eco-innovations to the mass market. They are founding members of Better Cotton, Leather Working Group and the Fair Labor Association. Their commitment has allowed adidas to pave a clear path for others to follow. Working toward a circular model (where products can be recycled, returned or remade once the user no longer needs it) has brought them to their Three Loop Strategy – Made with recycled materials, Made to be remade, Made to regenerate.

We’re proud to carry part of the adidas Parley collection. These adidas styles take plastic from the ocean and turns it into best-selling footwear.

Adidas sustainability: adidas TERREX Parley Agravic apparel

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ON CIRCULAR PRODUCT

The founders of On have always talked about growing up in the Swiss mountains. As such, they’ve always had an extreme appreciation for the natural world around them.

Enter the On sustainability model.

Firstly, taking into account materials – their studies showed that materials used in their industry is responsible for up to 80% of their footprint, meaning these would be top of mind.

Secondly, it’s known that the apparel and footwear industries, that On is also part of, make up roughly 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Thirdly, they believe the future of product is a circular economy and that they have the power to make it so.

On admits they have a long road ahead of them. With that, they have joined CEO4Climate, an initiative for Swiss businesses that are pushing the Swiss government to adopt a progressive climate policy. 

On Sustainability: Trail Tights, Running Shorts, Active Shorts, Tights Long, Insulator Jacket

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RUNNING: SUSTAINABILITY CHOICES

When it comes to finding our movement through sustainable choices, running footwear and apparel are an easy first step to take. With all of the options available today, the team at JackRabbit is excited to carry top sustainable footwear and apparel brands, making them readily accessible for our customers.

It’s time to commit; time to shop sustainably.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: WOMEN WHO LEAD

International Women's Day 2021 - Women Who Lead

In observance of International Women’s Day 2021 the United Nations is celebrating with the theme ‘Women In Leadership’.

With that in mind, we’re honored to showcase some of the bold female founders and leaders in the running industry and the thriving companies they lead.

WOMEN-LED BRANDS AT JACKRABBIT

The companies these amazing women have founded, the organizations created and the activism they champion, all contribute to adding gender equity to an industry where everyone has the right to lace up, show up and run equally.

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RABBIT RUNNING APPAREL

With a name like Rabbit, we knew we had to be BFFs with a brand that shares our name and our philosophy of serving up runners the best.

Let’s meet Monica Devreese and Jill Deering, the founders of Rabbit running apparel. Monica has been in the running business for 20 years and as experienced and, let’s admit it, badass runners, they had some experience to bring to the table.  As lifelong competitive runners they came to the apparel business like others before them; they never found anything they really loved.

Monica and Jill considered their own needs as well as those of other runners when it came down to the most complex of running garments, the running short. Having added up the pros and cons of every short they could get their hands on, they believed they could create something better.  And so they did.

Check out Rabbit running apparel at JackRabbit and try them for yourselves.

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MOBOT WATER BOTTLES

Founder and CEO of MOBOT Nation, Lani Cooper patented the first combined foam roller and environmentally sustainable water bottle. With a call for society to be more conscious and sustainable, MOBOT has delivered an innovative product that teaches us to constantly reimagine our perspectives.

Each foam roller water bottle is made from 100% recycled stainless steel and non-toxic, high density EVA foam. Since their inception in 2013, they have already saved over 180MM+ single use plastic water bottles from landfills and waterways. 

Two of the most necessary practices for health and wellbeing, hydration and massage, are actually sometimes the most neglected (by everybody). So check out MOBOT at JackRabbit to get your body back on track.

BALEGA RUNNING SOCKS

Tanya Pictor is co-founder of Balega Running Socks. In a recent interview, she championed the power that running has to bring us together.  ‘Running is a sport that does not see gender, color, it is all inclusive, forgiving and keeps us grounded.’

Balega stands out in the sock world for its commitment to giving back. Since the beginning, Balega has sought meaningful ways to pay tribute to organizations via their company culture and commitment to quality in everything that they do.

Learn more about the ways Balega gives back. 

Tanya’s advice for women considering following a career path similar to that of hers? “Be yourself, be authentic, and respectfully unapologetic about who you are and what you bring. Follow your passion and remain true to your calling.”

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Wendy Yang HOKA

HOKA ONE ONE

President of Performance Lifestyle at HOKA ONE ONE, Wendy Yang has set the running world on fire with supporting innovative performance lifestyle campaigns that have helped to shape the running world as we know it – beyond the shoes. 

“I’m most proud of the teams I’ve built and the work those teams have done, which have made a lasting impact across the multiple companies and brands I’ve had the good fortune to steward over the course of my career.” – Wendy Yang, Footwearnews 2019

From working with Reebok, New Balance, Timberland and more, Wendy has found her place to grow with HOKA. Beyond the sale numbers, Wendy has placed a special focus on equality in the workplace. Starting the first Deckers Women’s Leadership Summit in 2018, to having hired 75% of current employees, Wendy keeps equality and equity at the forefront.

HOKA continues to be a brand that empowers movement for everyone, everywhere, any kind.

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BRITT OLSEN: ON RUNNING

Britt Olsen is the GMM at On Running North America. A brand that has shaken up the industry, On is leading the way with innovative cushioning and a sleek look that has been a hit with runners and street walkers alike. Britt joined On in the US as employee number six and now she is leading a team approaching 200. 

Of the experience of leading the North American team of this entrepreneurial company she comments, “I know that we can help influence and shape sport culture in a very positive and impactful way. That feels really good.”

A brand that is smart and dialed in having recently founded the On Running Group hoping to launch and support the Olympic careers for their members as well as a new technical tennis-inspired sneaker with Roger Federer.

On Running continues to challenge the norm, supporting professional runners and inspiring the rest of us to be a little bit better every day.

Discover the full selection of On running shoes at JackRabbit.

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MELISSA WORTH: NEW BALANCE

Senior Vice President of New Balance Athletics for North America, Melissa Worth is a savvy and respected leader. During 2020 New Balance navigated the unknown by calling up on their commitment to civic duty and serving others. They seamlessly pivoted production to create personal protective equipment for front line workers via the New Balance Foundation.

Talking about the challenges of 2020, Melissa told Footwear News “We have been able to rethink the way we use our inventory, how we drive our digital business internally as well as with key partners and how we communicate and connect with each other.”

Melissa has committed to a culture of empathetic leadership amid the pandemic and supporting diverse leadership. 

“As leaders we need to commit to diversity and inclusion goals to change the face of the industry and hold ourselves, and each other accountable to achieve positive systematic change. We need to get comfortable talking about the problem, and we need to give a platform to associates of color, listen to what they have to say and act on it.”

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ANNE CAVASSA: SAUCONY

Anne Cavassa is the President of Saucony. A brand with an unapologetic focus on empowering Her and inviting slogan of “Run for Good,” Anne has worked alongside many others in the company to have these words and meaning brought to life.

Most recently, through the Saucony x Prinkshop collaboration this past Fall. With the goal of helping to encourage women to run – however that may be – Anne, prinkshop founder and creative director Pamela Bell, along with Saucony marketing director Jessica Newton and director of apparel Sarah Clark created a line dedicated to the cause.

“With this collaboration, we are taking a stand to further support gender parity and encourage women everywhere to find their personal pathway to leadership. We invite everyone to join us as we rally behind the women who are committed to the race with their eye on the finish line. When women run, we all win.” – Anne, Running Insight

Along with of-the-time campaigns and company follow-through, Saucony continues to be a great leader in the running space through continued footwear innovation across road running, carbon fiber plates and trail running shoes as well as inclusive marketing and partnerships.

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WOMEN AND MEDIA BEING BOLD

In the world of running how we act, support, challenge and how we speak are powerful tools. We are privileged to have bold women creating organizations and support systems as well as media committed to reporting on women’s running news. 

JORDAN MARIE DANIEL: RISING HEARTS FOUNDATION

A grassroots, Indigenous-led foundation by Altra runner Jordan Marie Brings Three Horses Daniel that works to “dismantle white supremacy and racism, rebuild a better future and elevating Indigenous, Black, Brown, Asian, Immigrant, Muslim, Jewish, Two Spirits, LGBTQ+, & Non-binary voices and relatives with disabilities.”

The Rising Hearts Foundation has also worked hard to provide resources for the community regarding wellness, COVID-19 relief, running with purpose and has been a leader in providing education for external communities about what it means to run on Native Lands. 

Jordan is an Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier, Project Manager and TIN Liaison, outdoor enthusiast. Jordan is also well-known for her Prayer Runs and bringing light to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Find ways to support and participate with the Rising Hearts Foundation here.

MARIA SOLIS: LATINOS RUN

Based in New York City, Latinos Run is a running group focused around serving the Latino population through fitness and providing access to running information, education and community. Founder, Maria Solís, has created this in-person and online community to meet needs and create space that was not initially there. Taking it one step further – she expanded Latinos run to create a more specific group for women called Latinas Run. 

“Latinos Run and Latinas Run are two running platforms that promote running as a way to improve physical and mental health within Latino community.  I created these groups as a safe space for runners to feel welcome in the running community.” – Maria Solís, Your Sole

Now in 2021, Maria has developed an audience of 25,000 people – newbies to running all the way to elites. She provides for an online community and uses her visibility to partner with others to provide things like her all women’s trail running summit. 

WOMEN’S RUNNING MAGAZINE

Women’s Running Magazine has come into its own in the media space covering women’s running. They have matured into a leading voice focused on reporting on the talent and breadth of women’s running. 

They cover everything from the latest news from pro athletes to training techniques, advice from female athletes who have navigated path particular to female athletes. The publication is an advocate for a healthy approach to running. They tap into professional athletes, science and experiences of others to further a positive future for the next generation.

They have an annual Power Women of the Year showcasing women who are reshaping the landscape of running. Check out this year’s honorees.

ALYSIA MONTAÑO: ATHLETE AND ACTIVIST

Alysia Montaño is an Olympian, national champion, activist, author, and mother of three. In 2014 she famously ran an 800m race while 8 months pregnant

Alysia is the founder of the non-profit &Mother.org the organization dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood.  She also hosts the podcast ‘Keeping Track’ alongside Molly Huddle and Roisin McGettigan with the mission of giving more media coverage of women’s sport. 

Not only an activist, Alysia brings her A-game to social media and well worth the follow.

MECHELLE FREEMAN: TRACKGIRLZ

Mechelle Freeman is 2007 World Track and Field champion, and a 2008 Olympian in the 4×200-meter relay. She founded the organization TrackGirlz in 2015 as a way to provide exposure and access for girls to the track and field world that so often gets left behind after college.

JackRabbit is so proud to be working directly with TrackGirlz in 2021 offering financial support for their grant program to grow the sport of track and field for female athletes. 

“I want to get more Black, Indigenous and people of color involved to expand the conversation,” she says about the future of the organization. “I want to bridge the gap between track and the rest of the running community. I want to bring out all different body types to show just how inclusive this sport is.”

Follow TrackGirlz and help spread the word about their mission. Learn more about Mechelle and their grant programs here. 

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ON CLOUDSWIFT 2021 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The second edition of the On Cloudswift has gone through some significant changes, but it remains a lightweight, low-profile neutral trainer with a cushy, energetic vibe.

It features On’s updated CloudTec midsole cushioning technology, which offers a blend of reliable shock absorption, protection, durability and a lively feel.

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WHAT’S NEW

Aside from the slightly reconfigured midsole, other updates to the On Cloudswift include increased rocker geometry, enhanced forefoot cushioning and a re-engineered Speedboard for a more flowy ride and snappier feeling at toe-off.

The innovative CloudTec cushioning system is the key feature of the On Cloudswift. It’s been slightly updated with a bit more Helion foam cushioning that’s been formed into more of a rocker shape. The foam chassis is slightly thicker and cushier in the rear, but it’s snappier and more energetic in the forefoot.

The Cloudswift retains its unique one-piece upper that combines the practicalities of a fully gusseted tongue with an overarching upper with a wrap-like fit. The updated saddle sidewall panels are more supportive and more comfortable as they encase your foot.

It also has a new 100 percent recycled mesh upper with more supportive sidewall panels.

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FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The revised On Cloudswift fits true to size, but it has more of a medium- to low-volume interior with just a tiny amount of wiggle room for the toes. It’s not cramped, but it’s not wide, either. When you first step into the shoe and lace it up, it feels comfortable, secure and semi-soft.

The new upper configuration is slightly less pliable than the previous edition. The upper, combined with the new, slightly sturdier sidewall saddle supports makes for a more locked-down fit sensation.

The ride gives off soft, shock-absorbing and supportive vibes with a more distinct rolling sensation than in the past. This is generated by the new, shapelier incarnation of the Helion superfoam and rubber outsole pads. 

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate neutral-oriented shoes with a moderate to high cushion-to-weight ratio will love this shoe. It’s light and agile enough to be versatile to handle a variety of workouts. It’s also cushioned enough to be durable and comfortable for long runs.

If you only want one shoe in your quiver, it’s a good one to consider. 

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PROS: ON CLOUDSWIFT

The new engineered mesh material in the upper is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, nylon and TPU materials. The upper is better integrated with the lacing system, creating better foot hold and an improved all-encompassing fit.

The cushioning in the ankle collar liner has been reduced and the heel counter band is slightly less rigid. These features actually make the shoe closure sync up more consistently.

This shoe feels moderately light when you put it on, but feels even lighter when you run in it. It is also, well-balanced with a lively feel in the midsole/outsole undercarriage.

If you previously ran in the On Cloudswift, you’ll find this new version a tiny bit softer and smoother. The new version features small but noticeable bits of improved comfort.

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CONS: ON CLOUDSWIFT

There are no glaring drawbacks to the Cloudswift. It’s probably not the best shoe for running shorter, faster workouts on the track, but it can hold its own on tempo runs, fartlek runs and slow to moderately fast long runs.

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ON CLOUDFLYER REVIEW 2020

Brian Metzler shares his On Cloudflyer review after putting this stability running shoe through its paces.

THE BUZZ

The On Cloudflyer is lightweight, soft and secure high-mileage stability trainer. It’s built on a chassis of On’s unique Cloud cushioning system.

It feels as good as it looks, with a unique, well-built structure that can move as fast or slow as you need it to.

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WHAT’S NEW?

The Cloudflyer has been updated with a new resilient foam midsole. Add to that a new outsole system and a new engineered mesh upper has been added. It features a new, forked Cloud outsole configuration that supports a healthy rolling motion and a stronger push-off feeling.

The innovative Cloud cushioning system features 12 uniquely shaped Cloud cushioning pods. These unique pods help protect and guide a runner’s feet, supporting them as they roll through the gait cycle from foot strike to toe off. The Clouds are configured to reduce inward rotation on landing. They also combine with the internal Speedboard allow for stable, natural transitions every stride.

The new On Helion Superfoam is soft but also extremely resilient. It does a great job at damping the impact when a foot touches down to the ground. However, when combined with the extra-stiff Speedboard, it also provides an energetic pop. This crescendos into a noticeable burst of forward propulsion as the foot reaches the toe-off phase of the stride.

The new engineered mesh upper provides exceptional breathability and a better, more accommodating fit that helps support efficient foot movement. Subtly placed reflective details around the shoe offer high visibility for safety running at night.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The On Cloudflyer fits a tad bit shorter than typical true-to-size measurements. Likewise, it has a low- to medium-volume interior with a slightly narrower heel cavity.

It fits snug and feels soft at step-in, creating an energetic and athletic vibe out on the run.

Although the Cloudflyer is not a minimalist shoe, it gives off a low-to-the-ground sensation with an engaging feel-for-the-ground proprioception. All of that results in an agile, performance-oriented and very stable ride making it run lighter than it actually is.

No matter if you’re a heel-striker or a mid-foot runner, the Cloudflyer will give you the appropriate cushioning and stability in every stride.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners looking for a supremely cushioned and stable shoe that retains a light, agile, performance-oriented feel will enjoy this shoe for the comfort and versatility it provides.

The On Cloudflyer is great for long runs and recovery runs, but it also performs well in some longer faster-paced training, including tempo runs, long intervals and fartlek runs. Our wear-testers suggested it could be a great shoe for racing from 10K to the marathon.

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Pros: On Cloudflyer 2020

Although the Cloudflyer feels as light and nimble as many neutral-oriented shoes, it’s a modern stability shoe that offers significant medial-side support for runners who need it. Over-pronating runners will appreciate that support throughout a run, but neutral-runners will benefit from it on long runs or races when fatigue starts to result in form breakdown.

Our wear-testers rated the Cloudflyer as a great choice for bigger runners and runners with wider feet. The interior shape of the shoe, a plush, cushioned tongue and the state-of-the-art star-lacing system accommodate for an extensive range of foot widths, effectively dispersing pressure and providing a supportive, wrap-like sensation.

An adaptive V-molded heel cap and memory foam collar combine for a snug and stable heel feel, while a dual-density sockliner provides next-level comfort in every step.

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Cons: On Cloudflyer 2020

Tiny peddles can get caught int the outsole of the Cloudflyer’s Cloud cushioning pods.

While it generally doesn’t avoid the shoe’s flexibility or performance, it can be an annoying occurrence.

TECH SPECS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine and formerly the editor of Competitor Magazine. He is the author of Kicksology: The Science, Hype, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes. (2019, VeloPress)

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Don Saladino: BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT PROGRAM

Don Saladino Shares His Original 4 Week Bodyweight Workout Program

The current COVID-19 pandemic currently prevents many athletes from access to gym facilities and training equipment. As a result, many are turning to alternative ‘bodyweight workout program’ that requires little to n0 equipment. While this may seem like a set-back, many are actually finding they can produce the same results without the equipment.

DON SALADINO

Don Saladino, On-sponsored personal trainer and ‘Coach to the Stars,’ is one of the leading voices of this new shift in how we work out.

For over 20 years, Don Saladino has coached actors, athletes, musicians, and titans of business function at their full potential. He also developed a reputation for training some of the biggest names in Hollywood for the big screen.

THE PROGRAM

In a collaboration with our partners at On Running, we worked with Don to provide the running community a 4 Week Bodyweight Workout Program. This program is designed to help to re-engerize your workout routine.

The entire workout program is built to be done with ZERO bumbles and weights, so all you need is your body.

Even as gyms start to open up, many across the country still might not have access to gym equipment or might not feel comfortable yet going back to their local gym. Don is here to help.

Don designed this 4 Week Bodyweight Program to help turn you into a better functioning athlete, whether you are an avid runner or just a getting into the sport.

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM

Don breaks up this 4 Week Bodyweight Program into two segments. After the first 2 weeks, the reps increase and you start to push your body to new limits.

Don recommends training in the all new Cloud X from On Running. The Cloud X is built for mixed-sport workouts. It is a lightweight powerhouse easily adapts to any workout environment, both in- and outdoors.

You can access the entire 4 Week Bodyweight Workout Program here. Come join us and start your journey of maximizing your fully functional potential.

GET THE RIGHT GEAR

Don recommends training in the all new Cloud X from On Running. The Cloud X, built for mixed-sport workouts. It’s a lightweight powerhouse that easily adapts to any workout environment, in- and outdoors.

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ON ATHLETES: THE ULTIMATE RUNNING PLAYLIST

RUNNING REMIXED: ON ATHLETES SHARE THEIR FAVORITE RUNNING PLAYLIST

For many of us, music plays an integral role in our fitness routine. A good running playlist can make or break your run.

Music can motivate you when you are struggling for inspiration at the tail-end of a long run. It can help you get in the right mindset during a warmup routine. The right song can even help you stick to a specific pace by providing a consistent beat to run to. 

Nowadays, technology has made it even easier to incorporate music into your running routine. Ever since the development of music-streaming apps, anyone with a smartphone has been granted access to virtually anything. Any song, artist, or playlist their heart desires.

You don’t even have to worry about holding your phone in your hand while running either., Yay running belts and armbands!

You can now conveniently place your phone in a secured pouch and throw on some bluetooth headphones. We recommend Aftershoks. After that, you’re off to the races!


Alas, thanks to all this new technology, the only thing you really have to worry about anymore is WHAT to listen to. It can be so difficult choosing a running playlist. Even when you have chosen one you like, it can get old pretty quickly.

That is why we got together with our friends at On Running to help us REMIX our running repertoire!

We asked some of our favorite On-sponsored athletes to send us their go-to running playlists, and what we received does not disappoint!

TOP RUNNING PLAYLISTS

Jerome Avery, who took Paralympic Gold for the 100m in 2016, sent us a list of go-to jamz that get him in the mood to dominate the track with this sprinting partner David Brown. 


David Kilgore, the Florida-grown running guru himself, sent us a list of timeless classics that get him through his long hours on the trail.

Rachel Cliff, one of Canada’s most talented and exciting elite-distance athletes, shared what she listens to that help her adapt to the recent changes in her training schedule.

Over a dozen of our favorite On athletes have shares their go-to playlists with us, which are available for you at any time on our Jackrabbit Spotify Account.

Join us today and discover your next favorite running jam!

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ON CLOUD X REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Swiss-engineered On Cloud X is a lightweight and energetic performance trainer that’s fast and agile enough to be a race-day shoe but cushioned enough to be an everyday trainer for many runners.

The Cloud X It features On’s unique Cloudtec cushioning system and a full-length engineered plastic plate for maximal responsiveness in every stride.

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WHAT’S NEW?

The Cloudtec cushioning pods on the Cloud X have been enhanced with a new Zero-Gravity Foam. This works in concert with the lightweight Speedoard plate that helps propel the foot forward from touch-down to toe-off. A new engineered, knit-weave mesh upper provides more benefits. These range from enhanced foot security, better breathability and a sock-life fit that are ideal for fast workouts.

The engineered, knit-weave mesh upper has a sock-like fit. This holds the foot in place at the saddle/arch. Consequently, this also moves with the natural flex of the foot and allows the toes enough room to wiggle.

The seamless tongue, bootie construction, seamless interior and cushy sockliner create a smooth, secure irritation-free fit.

The outsole features smartly placed sections of an adhesive rubber compound under the heel and forefoot that provide reliable grip on wet and dry pavement and optimal durability. 

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FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Cloud X fits like a glove. With a soft, dual-density sockliner, smooth tongue, elastic laces and an upper that conforms to your feet, the Cloud X provides a comfortable, custom fit.

Adeptly, they feel moderately soft, very light and extremely dexterous once you lace it up. These sensations all remain on the run.

The Cloudtec cushioning pods move with the natural motion of your feet. They provide just the right amount of cushioning in every phase of the gait cycle.

The ride feels lively, low-to-the-ground and especially nimble, offering great proprioceptive feel for the road — especially at faster paces. They don’t give off a bouncy or marshmallowly sensation, but instead a feeling of consistent smoothness.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR?

A runner interested in a lightweight, smartly cushioned shoe for with energetic pop will love this shoe. It’s on point for tempo runs, interval workouts and races from the mile to the half marathon.

The On Cloud X also feels great for medium to longer runs at any speed.

On Cloud X - Pros

Pros: On Cloud X

The engineered, knit-weave mesh upper and performance-oriented elastic laces offer a comfortably snug fit.

On’s dynamic new Zero-Gravity Foam is both absorbent and extremely energetic. It keeps weight to an absolute minimum and provides maximum mobility and smoothness in every stride. 

The Cloud X is versatile enough to be worn for other types of gym-based workouts and looks and feels great as a casual lifestyle shoe too. 

On Cloud X - Cons

Cons: On Cloud X

Although the cushioning is dynamic and consistent, it’s not as abundant as some other shoes.

Runners who appreciate more cushioning and less “feel” for the road might feel the midsole of this shoe is too minimalist.

TECH SPECS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher. He occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Kicksology“, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

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ON CLOUDFLOW REVIEW 2020

The Cloudflow is On’s lightweight performance shoe, an incredibly flexible, fast-feeling experience  for those have high expectations from their running shoes.  Designed for both training and racing, the Cloudflow is a responsive shoe for the discerning runner. 

First introduced by On in 2017 the On Cloudflow is the type of running shoe to encourage a runner to step up the pace and the distance whatever that personal goal might be.

On Running likes to refer to this as ‘your shortcut to a runner’s high.’ Customers have commented on the comfort of the shoe and lack of ‘hot spots’ on their feet while training and racing as well as the pure joy of slipping them on and running without compromise. Some say they feel they run ‘lighter’ and ‘more flexibly’. 

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FEATURES: THE ON CLOUDFLOW 

What’s the Cloudflow About?

The On Cloudflow is a signature shoe from the On team; a performance-oriented experience worn by the likes of champion triathletes Tim Don and Javier Gomez. The Cloudflow is a shoe for marathon runners and those with a need for speed.  But even if you’re not a marathon guru, this shoe on target for any runner with a 5, 10, or half-marathon PR in their sights.

Clouds to Happiness   

The On Cloudflow features eighteen ‘clouds’ or lugs on the outsole – a proprietary feature from On. These eighteen ‘clouds’ independently cushion and propel each step so when your foot touches the ground each lug is positioned in the right place.  The Cloudflow is not a highly cushioned shoe, but it’s not a minimalist shoe either.  And that’s okay, as it’s designed for speed, tempo and racing. There is a patented ‘Speedboard’ – a flex rocker in the On Cloudflow that encourages the natural rolling of the foot so it ‘flows’. 

What’s new with the On Cloudflow?  

A new range of colors have arrived for the season straight from the designer’s paintbox.  Add to that some on-trend apparel to complement your shoes and you’ll be ready to lay down some base training worthy of the next season ahead. 

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WHAT THE JACKRABBITS SAY

EMILY: MARKETING GURU RUNNING 10 MILES PER WEEK

Lowdown: No more knee pain…

‘I love, love my On Cloudflows! I’m a pretty casual (neutral) runner averaging less than 10 miles per week, but these shoes actually MAKE me want to run more miles more often. They’re super lightweight and fit my foot perfectly, which is a rarity for someone with narrow heels, high arches, high instep and wider than average toe box. 

The Cloudflows feel great from the first time I put them on without even having to break them in. The best part about these shoes is the cushioning and responsiveness with landing and takeoff, especially when running on city streets and other paved road terrain.

I usually have some level of knee pain after running more than a few miles, but that’s not the case with my Cloudflows! I just cannot say enough great things about this shoe. ‘