review: running on clouds with on running

This is a sponsored post. I received complimentary shoes and apparel from ON Running and Fleet Feet Savannah, courtesy of my ambassadorship with Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

It’s hard to say what makes a perfect running shoe. Some people want the softest, most cushioned landing, while others prefer a responsive, bouncy ride. There are those who want flexible while other like firm. Some desire a structured upper while dissenters would rather a breathable fabric free of stitching and overlays.

We all have our favorites.

In 2010, Olivier Berhard, Caspar Coppetti and David Alleman joined forces to establish the ON company in Zurich, Switzerland. The goal? To create a running shoe that would provide “the perfect running experience.” Working with their own personal running backgrounds, as well as Swiss engineers, the end result was something pretty unique: shoes with a firm take off and cushioned landing.

Today, ON shoes and apparel can be found in run specialty stores internationally.

And you can find even a pair on my feet.

The Cloudflow¬†are very different from any shoe I’ve ever owned. They fall into the neutral category where I tend to wear stability, but I never really noticed

The upper is incredibly lightweight and breathable, made of an adaptive engineered mesh. It was almost like wearing nothing at all, but at the same time, there was still the security of some structure and support.

The sole is really quite unique. I have never loved soft or cushioned shoes – I always preferred something with a little more pop – and the Cloudflow didn’t disappoint. Lined with 18 “clouds”, I got a really nice burst of energy on my take off, and was then rewarded with a cloud-like return to the street. The landing wasn’t at all mushy or heavy, which is my personal issue with heavy cushion – everything just felt very springy and right.

I also really liked the 6 mm offset on these. I’ve been working hard on maintaining proper running form, and I find I have been doing well with shoes that have a lower drop.

Paired with my trusty inserts, just for that added arch support, these might be my new favorite spadework shoes.

ON also carries a specialized line of men’s and women’s running apparel.

I took the Running Shorts out for a 6 mile spin and was very pleased.

They were incredibly lightweight and didn’t bunch up at all. I really appreciated the flat wide waistband, with drawstring, to ensure a perfect fit,

and the large zipped pocket in the back. It’s large enough for keys, but also for a gel or even some cards.

I have “athletic” thighs, so I also loved that the legs were roomy without being bulky, and I also liked the minimal, but nice detailing.

The fabric is fast drying (which is great for our humid Florida summers) and much lighter weight than any other shorts I own. Currently, they are only available in Black and Navy & Black (shown), but I would certainly purchase these in other colors.

Finally, I tried the Comfort T.

In the interested of full discretion, I don’t usually run in t-shirts, and I don’t love how technical t-shirts fit, so this shirt would be great for more casual days or even for me to wear cycling. The fabric is incredibly soft and wicking, the perfect combination of fashion and function.

The sleeves are a good length, not too full and not too tight.

And I liked that the shirt skimmed the body without being snug or tight. There is another hidden zipper pocket in the back, which again, would be great for keys or cash or gels.

The seams and stitching are flat and high-quality, so no chance of rubbing or chafing.

Ready to try ON for yourself? ON apparel and shoes are available exclusively Fleet Feet Sports Savannah – be sure to check them out at 3405 Waters Avenue when you arrive in town for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon!

There will also be ON products at the Fleet Feet Booth at the Fashion Fitness Expo on Friday, April 6 from 11AM – 7PM (DeSoto Hotel Savannah, 15 East Liberty Street), so be sure to check them out when you pick up your packet this upcoming weekend!

Don’t forget – online registration ends on Wednesday, April 4, so if you haven’t signed up yet, now’s the time! Code PUGS18 will save you 15%!

Have you ever tried ON shoes or apparel?

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