Straight out of the box, this is an overview of the second generation On Cloudflow.
They aren’t called the 2.0 or similar, just the Cloudflow.
The new generation Cloudflow replaces the previous edition of the neutral running shoe. For the purpose of this review I’m going to name the first generation 1.0 and the second 2.0.
The 2.0 comes in 3 colours this version is Rust | Limelight and retails at £130 for men and women at ProDirect Running.
Whereas the 1.0 featured here is red & blue.
The 1.0 shoe is a lightweight, fully-cushioned training and racing shoe. The Cloud design has 18 hollow cloud elements, separated by a central channel, fixed to the flexible Speedboard, which makes it very responsive to run in. Each cloud element moves individually, with the aim to reduce the impact to your legs and feet. It’s cushioned so you can wear them for marathons, personally I’d wear them for shorter tempo runs, and race distances.
The heel to toe drop remains 6mm from the 1.0 to the 2.0. But. It’s important to be mindful of this shoe drop particularly if you have a history of injury to your lower leg area. As a lower drop puts more stress on the lower leg including the Achilles, calf, ankle and foot.
As a word of caution runners with Achilles tendonitis may need to briefly go into a higher drop to relieve tension on the tendon. However it’s not to say that without proper guidance from a physio, to work on your running form, plus focused work to develop your strength and flexibility, that wearing this shoe could work for you. However consult a professional first, to do the right things and avoid injury.
The 2.0 doesn’t deviate too much from 1.0, it’s still a responsive shoe but it’s added extra cushioning from the Helion™ foam from On.
I could talk talk about some of the cosmetic changes however the main and subtle change for the 2.0 shoe is the cushioning.
The weight of the shoe hasn’t changed much, so it will be interesting to see if the extra cushioning adds, or takes away from the responsiveness of the 2.0 when I try it out in my upcoming runs.
But I’m looking forward to testing the 2.0 out for my faster runs as I train for the 2020 Manchester marathon and will provide further updates on my Instagram page.
Cloudflow 1.0 & 2.0