I've always been a bit suspicious of waterproof running shoes, with two main questions. The first is: are not they getting hot and sweating my feet so much that they're going to choke anyway? And the second thing is, how are they when water gets in the shoe during a run and can not come out?
One nightmare is the unfortunate answer to this second question I found on my maiden voyage in On Cloud Waterproof. More on that later, but first some good news – my first fear did not come true, even though I ran on relatively warm and dry days. And the cloud itself is an impressive lightweight running shoe that's great for faster workouts.
On this first run, I had actually waited for a rainy day to test the cloud and its associated weather gods. with a little monsoon. For the first few miles, my feet were dry and warm despite the stormy conditions, and I had nothing but praise for the shoes. And then I hit a couple of puddles, including a pair deep enough to splash water over my ankle and into the shoe.
From then on, the run was a sated misery, and the shoes felt heavy and my feet squeezed with every step. Of course, all non-waterproof running shoes suffer from bruising in the rain, but they can drain off a bit, whereas the Cloud Waterproof holds the water.
The solution is to avoid deep puddles, which sounds ridiculous, but actually pretty easy when you walk the streets of the city. It's also worth noting that the weather-resistant benefits of the shoe go beyond rainy days, as it's noticeably warmer when training in cold conditions than other running shoes.
Being waterproof, I was surprised that the cloud still stands Weighs only 250 g (7.5 men in the UK) and provides a tight and snappy ride. I used it for a 1
However, in a light run I found the cloud a bit too firm for my liking, and if I was not running at speed, the ride was a bit flat. Over time, the ride slowed a bit, but it was never as soft as I would like. If you did not like running in springy shoes like Adcony Boost or Saucony's Everun midsoles, the more appealing, tougher feel of the cloud could match your taste. Personally, I love a hopping shoe, especially if it's light, so the cloud is a shoe that I'll probably reserve for speed sessions.
An important consideration is that the regular On Cloud running shoe is 20g lighter and £ 10 cheaper than the waterproof version. The latter is undoubtedly a great winter shoe because it's weatherproof, but if you pick up the cloud specifically for its light, fast frame, adding an extra 20g may not make sense.
Both versions of the shoe give you the impression you can also use a speed-lacing system where you tie an elastic lacing in place and then simply put the shoe on. I realized that I could never be so tight and swapped the Speed Laces for the standard option.
The On Cloud Waterproof is a nice shoe for runs in bad weather and has made a noticeable difference in how much fun I had running when it rained (if not wet). I was also impressed by the solid and fast ride of the shoe. If this is the main incentive for you, then you should probably first select the default cloud and then maybe add the waterproof version to your arsenal as a treat
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