ON CLOUD X – FIRST LOOK: MEN’S REVIEW
I’M NOT A RUNNER, I JUST CRUSH A LOT
I am not a runner. Odd, given that I make a living writing running shoe reviews.
Please don’t misunderstand, I do run. I sprint, I jump, and given enough caffeine, I sometimes briefly fly. Running, and movement that resembles running, are absolutely an integral part of my lifestyle. However, I would never brand myself with the title of “runner”.
I have friends that race for Team USA, are competitive Ironmen, or complete multiple marathons per year. They are runners. I’m just a dude who sometimes incorporates running as part of an active and healthy lifestyle. So when I heard that one of my favorite running shoe brands, On, was coming out with a running shoe for non runners, I was highly intrigued. On running shoes, born of flawless Swiss engineering, are known for being designed for athletes who move in a wide variety of ways.
THE RUNNING SHOE FOR NON-RUNNERS
According to a completely non-official survey I didn’t actually conduct, the vast majority of people who run don’t only run. I imagine a great number of you out there wouldn’t put yourself in the “runner” category, because you try a number of fitness experiences and different ways to move.
For that reason, On has remixed the running experience by creating athletic footwear such as the Cloud X. The idea is, no matter how you’re moving, On is the shoelution™ (reproduction or use of the word “shoelution” is prohibited unless given authorized and written consent provided by absolutely no one). They even have a nifty tagline to go along with the concept: Never Not On. As in, when should you not wear On? Answer: Never.
TO CLARIFY, IT’S STILL A RUNNING SHOE
I can and did run in this shoe. I also can and did do never not running in this shoe in the gym. Ok, so I don’t totally understand how double-negatives work, but the point I’m trying to make is I did a bunch of different athletic stuff in this shoe. Let’s discuss my findings.
The first thing I noticed upon unboxing is the feather-lightness of the cross training shoe. Weighing in at a mere 8oz. for men and 6.6oz for women, it’s by far the lightest shoe in the category. Once I put the shoe on and laced up, the next thing that stood out to me was how sturdy and stable the outsole felt. I already knew this was going to be a huge plus once I hit the gym, but the first test was hitting the streets.
At a light jog, I noticed how breathable the shoe was, with the wind practically brushing over my toes. Once I hit medium stride, I was very appreciative of the very open toe box that allowed my foot to spread out naturally. Then, I hit a couple sprints, where I noticed the locked-in midfoot prevented any slippage, allowing me to go all-out. It’s interesting to note here that although the Cloud X is sufficiently cushioned, it never felt squishy. In fact, the explosive take offs felt as though I was running in minimalist shoes, equipped with shock absorbers.
NEVER NOT ON
Under most circumstances, I would never wear anything branded a running shoe to the gym. “Why?” you ask. First off, I’m glad you’re inquisitive, you’ll go far with that attitude. The answer is because shoes engineered for constant forward momentum (running) are at the opposite end of the spectrum for those necessitated by being rooted with the ground (lifting weights). Cushioning, for example, is one of the last things you want underfoot when lifting weights. You want your gym shoes to be as stable and flat as possible, to allow you to efficiently direct energy into the weight you’re lifting.
To ruin the suspense for you, these shoes delivered. The outsole provided enough of a solid base that I was able to do every manner of pulling, pushing, jumping, and throwing with no feeling of instability. These athletic shoes are so versatile, that the only athletic activity I would not attempt with them is swimming.
FEATURES: ON CLOUD X
- – Runner Type: Runners who actively mix their workouts.
- – Upper: Elastic performance laces make for a fast step-in
- – Upper: Reflective details ensure night visibility
- – Upper: Functional engineered mesh and adaptive first layer sock
- – Speedboard: Transforms energy into forward motion
- – Outsole: Zero gravity foam offers improved performance
- – Outsole: Advanced abrasion pads for superior grip and longevity
- – Weight: 8.0 ounces
- – Drop: 6mm
- – Price: $140.00
TECHNICAL SPECS: ON CLOUD X
THE DESIGNS: ON CLOUD X