On launches Helion foam

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Swiss sports brand On has announced its latest industry-disrupting innovation with the launch of the Cloudswift performance running shoe, the first shoe to feature On’s new Helion superfoam. 

According to the manufacturer, the Helion foam combines properties other foams cannot, delivering durability and rebound at a previously impossible level. The foam is formed of a special structure which fuses stable, hard elements with softer, elastic segments. It’s claimed this enables greater durability without adding weight and more rebound without sacrificing cushioning. Thanks to its temperature resistance capability, the aim is that the cushioning stays premium – no matter if it’s cold or warm outside. Its enduring energy-return properties are targeted to offer protection from the road and improved running performance.

 “‘No compromises’ was the mantra when we set out to create this new superfoam,” explains Olivier Bernhard, On co-founder and multiple Ironman champion. “As a runner, you need your shoe to perform at its best so you can too. You won’t say yes to second best.

“Since no other foam was able to offer what we wanted, we decided to build our own. Helion is a lighter, softer, and more agile foam for a ride that feels more alive every step of the run.”

The new Cloudswift is made for urban runners who like to keep their shoes light and swift yet still have superior cushioning and road protection. While newly shaped Cloud elements on the sole collapse diagonally to increase horizontal cushioning, durable rubber reinforcements provide enhanced traction. In the forefoot, Cloud elements connect at the central channel for a more directional push-off without energy loss.

To celebrate the birth of On’s new superfoam, the Cloudswift will be released on February 28 in denim/midnight, rock/slate and rust/rock for men and in plum/dawn, glacier/white and teal/storm for women.