On Cloudmonster

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.8 Overall Grade
67 reviews

The On Cloudmonster is a neutral training shoe designed for everyday running. Its unique design is well-received, with reviewers particularly liking its cushioning. However, its high price tag is unpopular, and its comfort ratings lag behind its superb scores on cushioning.

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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
10 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's)
8.4 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
10.2 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's)
9.1 oz. (men's), 7.6 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
34mm.
45mm.
42mm.
37mm.
Forefoot Height
28mm.
37mm.
34mm.
31mm.
Drop Height
6 mm.
8 mm.
8 mm.
6 mm.
Upper material
Engineeredmesh, Anatomically designed heel counter, Star Lacing
Engineered Knit Mesh, Ortholite X-55, Knit Tongue, Pull Tab
Mesh Upper, PWRTAPE
Shoe Released
Q1 2022
Q2 2023
Q1 2023
Q1 2023
MSRP
$170
$200
$160
$160
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.8
9.2
8.8
8.8
Comfort
8.8
9.1
9.9
8.8
Cushioning
9.2
9.6
9.7
8.7
Durability
8.1
8.6
8.6
9.0
Appearance
9.3
9.0
8.1
8.6
Value
7.7
8.2
8.3
8.8

Reader Reviews

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Best Shoe I've Run In

    40 miles per week, underpronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    9.0

    After struggling with nagging injuries for the last couple years, switching to the Cloudmonsters has been a game-changer for me. They seem to strike the perfect balance between cushioned and stable--I'm 6'2 and weigh around 180, so I'm on the heavier side. I was a Nike shill for many years, but I'm not going back!

    Side note: I'm not sure how they've done this, but the shoes I have simply do not get dirty. I've put about 250 miles on the pair I'm wearing now, have run on muddy trails with them, and they still look a week old. I don't care too much about looks, but it's striking.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Best shoe I've ever run in - durability and cost are a bit subpar though

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    Honestly the best shoe I've ever run in and I've probably used 1,000s (running competitively since high school, now in my mid 30s).  A bit expensive and doesn't seem to last as long as I'd hope, but - not exaggerating - I like this shoe so much that it's made me enjoy running more.  Just a fun, versatile shoe good for everything from a tempo to recovery day.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Nice versatile shoe

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    Bought these to feel like I was supporting the OAC in some way. These shoes are great, well-cushioned but firm. Great for an easy day and if you need to hit a couple tempo miles.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    The Best Long Run Shoe

    40 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    5.0

    This shoe, despite its high stack, is not a max cushion shoe by any means. The speedboard gives it a certain degree of stiffness that offsets all the stack, making it feel like an underwhelming shoe to some people. However, I found that, in combination with the strong rocker, this shoe functioned as a great daily trainer that especially excelled at picking up the pace. I had no problems doing tempo workouts in these shoes, and these are still to date my favorite long run shoes because of how comfortable they feel at the beginning of a long run but how well they’re able to support faster paces. They almost feel like a supershoe with the strong rocker and plate, but instead of some insane energy return it just disappears on your foot, a great feeling when you’re 10 miles deep in a progressive long run. The downsides of this shoe, apart from its unique feel, is it’s price point. While I greatly enjoyed the shoe, I also know that there are equally as good options on the market that are not 170, especially for a daily trainer that I’ll wear out fairly quickly. Overall it’s a great shoe at a not so great price, but it’s feel is  definitely something unique. 

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    This Is A Great "Big Man" Shoe

    20 miles per week, underpronator, high arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    I run at about 280 lbs and destroy shoes. Since Mizuno stopped the wave creation I have not been able to get more than 125-150 miles out of any shoe. I am in the CloudMonster right now and they look great at 100 miles. 

    The cushioning is good without feeling to squishy or unstable. They feel less firm than the Bondi X I am also running in but they seem to last lionger.

    The price point is high but, if I get 50% more life they are actually less than a comparable shoe. Loving these so far.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    When Comfort is Important, Wear This Shoe.

    16 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    My last pair of shoes was a Brooks Glycerine.  I liked those because they felt firm and light.  When I was about to get a new pair, my son told me to try the On Cloudmonsters.  He's on his second pair and absolutely loves them.  I did and right away I could feel the difference.  Although they don't feel as firm as the Brooks, they are stable.  But the major difference is that they feel like I'm running on clouds.  My feet don't hurt, and my legs feel less inclined to soreness.  I love the way they bounce back after hitting the ground.  They truly make my running experience more enjoyable.  

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Most comfortable shoe I’ve ever run in, but not very durable

    60 miles per week, underpronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    7.0

    I love these shoes! They are so comfortable and cushion-y, they made me feel like I was actually running on clouds :)

    The only issue I have with these shoes is that they would not last very long. I run quite a bit in them, about 100km/week or 60miles/week, but felt the sole wore out pretty quickly compared to other shoes. I think they lasted about 3-4 weeks or 300-400km, which is less than other shoes I have worn in the past. They are also pretty expensive so I hoped they would last a bit longer.

    But I’m on my third pair now! So I guess the shoes are worth it!!

  • Good for long runs + runs with more uptempo (fartlek, strides)

    55 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    6.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    8.0

    Very light and responsive. Plate makes it stiff, which helps in the latter parts of a long run but doesn't feel awesome at very slow recovery paces. Excellent quality and a fun shoe to run in.

    You can stick various sticks and pencils in the bottom. Once I stuck a battery in the bottom for fun and forgot about it for a couple months. When I found it I got a free battery 

  • On Cloud Monster for the win

    25 miles per week, underpronator, high arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    6.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    8.0

    Lacing up my On Running Cloud Monster, I feel like I've strapped mini trampolines to my feet. I’m new to On Running shoes and in my first 50 miles, I rate them 8 out of 10. Here's a quick run-down:


    Firstly, the weight: super lightweight, tipping the scales at just around 10.8 ounces.


    Now, the stack: The Cloud Monster boasts a substantial cushion stack height, which provides a plush ride — and it is. This hefty cushioning, paired with their Helion superfoam material, makes for a great ride. Not the best daily trainers but great for me as I nurse my Achilles’ back after an annoying few months dealing with Achilles tendinitis.


    And about the materials: The upper is crafted from a breathable mesh that keeps things airy and comfortable, no matter the distance. Not to tight yet snug.


    Although the lacing can be a bit fiddly, and in each of my runs I’ve had to stop early on to adjust, but no other problems during the run.


    In comparison to my previous Nike Pegasus, which felt a bit too snug, or my trail running Altras (that led to my Achilles issues), the Cloud Monster has been great. It's like upgrading from economy to business class.


    We’ll see how they hold up but for now, I’m just having some fun!

  • Definitely not worth the money

    35 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    7.0

    I bought this shoe about 2 or 3 months ago, so I have 250+ miles on them. They are not a bad shoe, but there are definitely a lot better shoes you can get for the money. In comparison to other shoes of this type I have run in, my main issue is with how they fit around the ankle and top of the foot. However, the cloud cushioning technology is still very enjoyable even though it seems to me like some other aspects have been compromised.