On Cloudeclipse (2024 Review): Best Shock Absorption?The On Cloudeclipse is a max cushion running shoe with impressive shock absorption and responsive performance.
An excellent all-around shoe for great versatility.
Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.
The On Cloudeclipse is a new-generation running shoe that marks a change of direction for the Swiss brand. The ingenuity of the midsole with Double CloudTec Phase geometry and Helion foam produces a unique result.
Shock absorption is so good that you might wonder if this isn’t the most advanced product on the market in this field. Nevertheless, the shoe is responsive, which makes for an excellent combination.
The mesh upper is very supple, airy, and super comfortable to slip on. However, some testers noted a problem with fit according to foot size.
Last but not least, the outsole is reinforced with rubber in strategic places for good traction.
Overall, the On Cloudeclipse is a highly efficient shoe that offers unfailing protection and an aerial feeling of weightlessness for a great deal of running pleasure.
For more information, please read our full review of the On Cloudeclipse.
- Superb impact absorption
- Good energy return
- Highly versatile and long-lasting
- Ingenious design gives a unique smooth ride
- Moderate grip on wet surfaces
- Fitting problem depending on foot size and shape
On Running became known for its famous “Clouds” in its outsoles. For a long time, the brand was recognized for its high-quality finish without offering “high-performance” products. Its recent turnaround has put it firmly back in the race for the best shoes.
The On Cloudeclipse has a “classic” outsole. The midsole design, on the other hand, is innovative. So, where does it stand, and what are its strengths and weaknesses?
Let’s find out in this analysis based on over 300 km (180 miles) put in perspective with the feedback of several runners.
The midsole of the On Cloudeclipse consists of a double layer of Helion foam in fairly dense EVA. The innovation, however, comes from the DoubleTech Phase geometry. You can see the inclined hollows in the direction of the run, which allow the foam to collapse in sequence while running upon ground impact.
This layout has been computer-designed to provide the best possible shock absorption. It’s a success, to say the least. Testers were unanimous in their praise for this impressive protection, which ranks among the best on the market.
It’s hard to describe how the cushioning feels, between firmness and softness. Some say it’s like weightlessness, but in any case, it’s very pleasant and allows you to tackle the asphalt confidently.
With a heel stack height of 37 mm (31 mm in the forefoot), these running shoes confirm their max cushion status.
Watch out for the heel-to-toe drop of 6 mm, which is classic for the brand but may take some getting used to initially.
Weighing in at 9.5 oz / 268 g in size 42, the shoe isn’t the most lightweight, but surprisingly, the ingenious design ensures you don’t notice it while running.
Performance-wise, responsiveness is amazing, given the shoe’s high stack. What’s more, the shoe adapts to paces with disconcerting ease.
The rocker has been strategically placed in the forefoot for a smoother ride. This enables very rapid heel-to-toe transitions. At times, you’ll find yourself running at higher paces than expected without feeling like you’re forcing the pace.
Needless to say, the On Cloudeclipse’s responsive bounce makes it extremely versatile.
Support and stability
The brand’s proprietary SpeedBoard technology has been modified to “stiffen” the shoe in the middle to help stabilize the foot as it transitions forward. Add to this a fairly high-density foam for a firm feel, and the On Cloudeclipse has a secure roll-off.
The shoe is for neutral runners.
The shoe features a soft, engineered mesh upper, thick yet breathable enough for summer and winter use.
The toe box is spacious. Although the shoe fits normally, some testers with narrow feet had trouble with the fit.
Two reflective cages at the front attach with pull tabs to the laces and a midfoot cage supports the rest of the laces. So I think the On Cloudeclipse will suit a wide variety of feet, be it athletes or running enthusiasts.
The heel counter is well made, semi-rigid at the top, and rigid at the bottom for good lockdown. No heel slippage is to be expected. Plus, the knitted tongue is a nice touch, providing great breathability and comfort on top of the foot.
The distribution of rubber on the outsole at the sides of the heel and on the forefoot is reminiscent of the torsion system used by Adidas.
Some testers noted that heel landings were slightly too stiff in these lateral areas, but the grooves ensured good flexibility.
The grip is also appreciable, even if it doesn’t perform as well on wet surfaces. Easy trails are no problem, but it’s more tricky with pebbles that can get lodged in the heel groove.
The ride offered by this shoe is extremely versatile. Shock absorption is such that it can cope with any distance for any runner.
What’s more, the shoe’s good responsiveness means it can be used for almost any kind of training except perhaps for speed sessions on the track.
Overall, the shoe adapts very well to the paces required, from recovery jogging to long-tempo runs.
Comparatively, you’ll obviously find more efficient models like the On Cloudboom Echo 3, for example. But the Cloudeclipse is a great alternative for those who don’t want the rigidity of a carbon plate. It performs very well and will be an ally of choice over a distance like the marathon.
Quality and Durability
The rubber outsole is highly durable, the mesh is robust, and the Helion foam is dense enough to retain its properties for a long time. The result is a long service life and value for money well within the market norm and maybe even beyond.
The “dope dye” upper uses 90% less water, and the polyester is 100% recycled.
We have contacted the brand for an official answer, but it does seem that these shoes are vegan.
The On Cloudeclipse are innovative, high-quality shoes. The cushioning is among the best on the market, with impressive shock absorption, excellent responsiveness, and maximum comfort.
The shoes will be great daily trainers for all types of sessions and a great choice for long distances like the marathon.
|268 g/9.5 oz
|240 g/8.5 oz
|Heavy runner, Recycled materials, Rocker
|Helion Superfoam, Double CloudTec Phase, Speedboard
|Slow, Moderate, Fast
|Short, 5K, Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon