The best pair of walking shoes I ever bought. That is simple summation of the latest version of the On brand’s Cloudflow for 2020. I ventured outside of my usual Nike purchases to bring some variety into my reviews and rotation. I have long enjoyed the On brand for some of the technologies they are introducing and the freshness in their designs. But after multiple rounds with the now benchmark Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo, it is hard to call this a great running shoe. Whether a light volume or heavy mileage runner, I just can’t see this shoe being worth the price for running.
I said in an earlier review of the first version of this shoe, that the Zoom Pegasus Turbo may be the best shoe I have ever owned. That feeling has now been cemented. The exhaustive Research & Development that Nike puts into its products really shines in this release. Everything about this shoe is better than the previous release. I was really looking forward to running in these when spring rolled around. Then the world was told to stay indoors. To be fair, you could still go for runs in a generally safe manner; but, my overly cautious self kept my running to indoors. We actually got a treadmill to make it easy to maintain a fitness routine. I will have a review of that equipment in another post.
It’s been a while since I have posted a shoe review. This delay was due to a couple of reasons. Prior to this purchase, I adopted the approach of using two shoes at a time which meant it took longer to reach 360 miles of use on each shoe. I also scaled back my total running volume and frequency. Regardless, I hit over 700 miles on my On Cloud X and Nike Zoom Pegasus 34’s that I reviewed previously. I loved the Pegasus line and decided to go with another pair of Nikes.
After collecting over 400 miles on my On Cloud Flow running shoes, I would distribute that load over two pairs of running shoes going forward. One pair for short distance and one for long distance. I researched a lot of long distance options and decided to go with the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 as my long distance shoe.
On Running released the On Cloud X officially on November 4th. I got my hands on a pair on October 31st. I discovered them while researching new shoes after exceeding 350 miles on my previous On Cloud Flow shoes. I intended to get the same pair but when I ran a search for On Cloud Running Shoes through a search engine I saw a listing for the Cloud X which surprised me. There was no mention of the shoes on the On Running website, just on Road Runner Sports and a few other sites. Naturally, I had to try them out.
Recently I discovered the “On” brand of shoes after doing some research and reading reviews in various athletic magazines. On is a Swedish manufacturer and relative new comer to the shoe game. Their differentiator is the use of the Pocket cushioning system in the sole. This scientific approach creates a number of individualized air pockets across the bottom of the shoe. This system adapts to almost any foot strike pattern and running form. Moreover, it gives the shoe a very lightweight feel by not carrying so much cushion material in the sole. In this review, I will discuss and rate the Cloudflow model from On. This particular model is the most akin to the low profile, minimalist, and racer style of the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit.