On Cloudmonster Review

On Running has a passion for improving the art of running. Founded by three friends, this brand aims to revolutionize the runner’s experience through cutting-edge shoe technology.

The On Cloudmonster, the brand’s latest release, has received rave reviews from our team at Marathon Sports for its impressive comfort and unique design. We’ve taken a thorough look at the Cloudmonster to give you a comprehensive understanding of the advantages or potential disadvantages of this futuristic running shoe. We’ll help you determine whether it’s the right shoe for your running journey.

On Running Men's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudmonster Iron/Hay lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudmonster - Frost/Cobalt
On Running Men's Cloudmonster All White lateral side

On Running Cloudmonster

Men's Shoes
price:$169.95
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster - Undyed White/Flame
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Undyed White/Creek lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Nimbus/Hay lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster - Frost/Cobalt

On Running Cloudmonster

Women's Shoes
price:$169.95

Our Review Process

Here at Marathon Sports, we have the privilege of working with reviewers who are not just employees but also avid runners. They come with a wealth of experience in racing, trail running, track athletics, and general fitness. They know what makes a quality running shoe and are eager to share their expertise with our customers.

When reviewing the On Cloudmonster, our team set out with specific criteria in mind. They wanted to understand how this shoe measures up against its competitors concerning critical features like cushioning, support, stability, durability, and fit. To achieve this, our reviewers put the shoe to the ultimate test, running long distances over several months to gauge how well it could endure the wear and tear typical of an enthusiastic runner’s regime.

This detailed review encompasses the collective findings of our reviewers, each contributing their unique running style and personal preferences to the mix. Our mission is to offer you an in-depth understanding of the On Cloudmonster, ultimately empowering you to make an informed decision about whether it’s the right running shoe for your needs.

Shoe Details and Highlights

For those eager to hit the road, here are the key details about the On Cloudmonster:

  • Men’s size 9 weighs 9.7 ounces; Women’s size 8 is 8.1 ounces
  • 6mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Made for daily training and long-distance running
  • Available up to women’s size 11 and men’s size 14
  • True to size fit
  • Maximum CloudTec® cushioning
  • Price: $169.99

An In-Depth Look at the Cloudmonster’s Features

Like most of On Running’s running shoes, the Cloudmonster is loaded with technical features designed to make running more comfortable and enjoyable. Our reviewers even felt that the energy return in the Cloudmonster gave them the propulsion they needed to run at a higher speed.

CloudTec®

The Cloudmonster features maximum CloudTec® cushioning. It currently has the most cushioning of any shoe in the On Running lineup.

CloudTec® advanced cushioning technology is designed to offer maximum impact protection and comfort while creating an energetic ride. It propels you forward in an effort to help you achieve maximum performance.

CloudTec® cushioning is made of multiple “Clouds” that react to your movements as a runner. In addition to providing more energetic take-offs and cushioned landings, CloudTec® has been said to help lower heart rate and reduce muscle fatigue. Our reviewers felt that these were strong claims but noted evident propulsion and significant impact absorption while running.

Speedboard®

On Running shoes, including the Cloudmonster, are designed with Speedboard® – a thermoplastic polymer positioned just above the midsole. This innovative plate springs into action, giving you a boost as the Clouds compress, leading to dynamic and explosive take-offs.

Our reviewers report that the Speedboard® contributed to the shoe’s responsive nature. They note, however, that fresh out of the box, the shoe may feel somewhat rigid. But fear not! Once you’ve hit the road and the shoe has had a chance to loosen up, the powerful interplay of propulsion and cushioning becomes delightfully apparent.

Recycled Upper

One of the undeniable aspects of the Cloudmonster, universally acknowledged by our reviewers, is its outstanding comfort. Much of that comfort is due to the smooth recycled polyester sock liner that hugs the foot nicely.

The sock liner is thin yet supportive, allowing breathability without causing the foot to slide around. There’s also no heel slippage or unwanted blistering due to the snug fit. A wider toe box allows the toes to spread out naturally, contributing to more comfort and stability while running.

Durability

Our reviewers are obsessed with durability. That’s because they want our customers to get the most for their buck. Durable shoes are also better for the environment because a durable shoe can last drastically longer than one that doesn’t hold up to daily training.

The On Cloudmonster is remarkably reliable. Some of our reviewers used the Cloudmonster for more than a year of continuous training and reported minimal wear on the upper and the durable tread system. The Clouds maintained their energetic, yet soft, feel. Our team described it as one of the most durable running shoes they’ve tested to-date.

The Fit

The On Cloudmonster exemplifies a blend of support and comfort. Some runners may find the upper slightly less plush and leaner than expected, yet it crafts a snug enclosure around the foot with a touch of silky comfort inside.

This cushioned running shoe features a wide-toe box that’s ideal for runners with wide feet. The tapered tongue stays in place to prevent rubbing and discomfort, and the new-and-improved laces stay tied drastically better than some other On Running models.

Our reviewers have complained about On Running’s thin laces that continuously come untied in the past, so they were pleased to see this improvement for a more secure fit that remains the same mile after mile.

The On Cloudmonster fits true to size with a medium width and a medium arch. The fit is similar to other On Cloud running shoes, for those who have tried other models.

What’s New In This Version?

The On Cloudmonster is the first of its kind. We can expect to see new versions popping up in the coming years.

When compared to other On Running running shoe models, our team appreciated the wider, textured laces on the Cloudmonster. It also offers maximum cushioning and a more defined rocker feel.

Our team also feels it is the most unique looking of all shoes in the On Running collection. They appreciated its futuristic look but also the subtle colorways and design elements that make it suitable to wear as an everyday walking shoe. Many of our reviewers commented that the Cloudmonster became their go-to sneaker for training and the remainder of the day too.

Pros and Cons

While our team had much to praise, the Cloudmonster also has a few aspects to consider before purchasing:

Pros

  • Maximum cushioning
  • Impact protection and propulsion
  • Energetic ride
  • Good support
  • Versatility for running, walking, etc.
  • Breathable, lightweight upper
  • New, improved laces
  • Incredible durability
  • Attractive/futuristic look

Cons

  • High price
  • Upper doesn’t quite feel plush/luxurious
  • Some may not like the unique look
  • Toe box may feel too wide for narrow feet

Who is the Cloudmonster Designed For?

Our expert reviewers proclaimed the On Cloudmonster as the best On Running shoe to date. They found that it rectified previous shortcomings related to comfort, lacing, and cushioning seen in other models.

However, Cloudmonster may not cater to everyone’s preferences. Being a highly cushioned running shoe with a rocker design and a wide toe box, our team believes it’s a perfect match for long-distance runners seeking both cushioning and propulsion that lasts. While those with slightly wider feet will find the shoe comfortable, individuals with narrower feet might find the toe box a bit too roomy.

Classified as a performance running shoe, the Cloudmonster might appeal to beginners due to its comfort features. However, our team believes it’s particularly suited for long-distance runners looking for a responsive shoe offering excellent impact protection. For novice runners, it might come across as a tad advanced or rigid.

How the Cloudmonster Compares

The Cloudmonster compares to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 25 in terms of cushioning, as well as the New Balance FuelCell Supercomp Trainer. However, it’s difficult to compare the Cloudmonster to any shoe due to its unique cushioning and appearance.

Since the Cloudmonster is the first of its kind, we look forward to reviewing future editions going forward.

The Verdict

The verdict is in, and the Cloudmonster is one of the most comfortable and durable long-distance running shoes on the market. It can undoubtedly go the distance but may offer too much cushioning for the runner looking for a more slim-soled shoe. Generally, our team wholeheartedly recommends the Cloudmonster, hailing it as On Running’s finest shoe thus far.

Hunting for the best shoe tailored to your pronation, gait, running style, or other factors? Visit Marathon Sports to take part in the The Right Fit™ process. Or find your perfect running shoe online now!

On Running Men's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudmonster Iron/Hay lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudmonster - Frost/Cobalt
On Running Men's Cloudmonster All White lateral side

On Running Cloudmonster

Men's Shoes
price:$169.95
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Dust/Vapor lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster - Undyed White/Flame
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Undyed White/Creek lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster Nimbus/Hay lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudmonster - Frost/Cobalt

On Running Cloudmonster

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price:$169.95

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