On is a Swiss company with an alternative way of building a running shoe. The sole has 11 pods, which provide the cushioning by deforming on impact and then springing
back on take off. The grip is designed for gravelly mountain trails, where it performs well – however, it’s not so good in mud or steep grass. The Cloudventure has a protective sole with a 6mm drop and runs well on road; it’s a good choice if your normal training combines tarmac and trail. The upper looks smart, is comfortable to wear and the build-quality is top-notch. We found the sizing on the large side, so you may need to go half a size down.
VERDICT: A stylish and interesting shoe; great for road to trail.