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On Cloud Waterproof Women’s Review

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As regular Trail & Kale readers will know, we are long-time wearers of On Running’s shoes for both trails and roads. When we heard that a new waterproof shoe had landed, the On Cloud Waterproof, we had to get hold of some. I hope this On Cloud Waterproof Women’s review answers all your pre-purchase questions but if not, please leave your question in the comments below and I’ll get bck to you.

Women’s On Cloud Waterproof

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On launched the On Cloud in 2014, and it has become a popular trainer for not just road running and shorter triathlons, but also day to day casual wear, as it looks so good and is easy to get on and off, thanks to the elasticated laces. There’s now a new On Cloud 2019 that we recently reviewed, follow the link below to read that one next.

I have been wearing my On Clouds to commute into the city, which involves around 20 minutes of walking, as well as public transit. Having worn out my beloved stealthy all-black On Clouds, these women’s On Cloud Waterproof have become my new commuting and general casual trainers.

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Fit & Design

The big advantage of On Cloud trainers over other trainers are that they are super-light, and easy to slip on and off, with understated elasticated laces. This makes them easy to put on and leave the house, and also makes them a more subtle choice (especially in black or other dark colors) to wear to travel to work in an office.


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Waterproof and cushioning

The new On Cloud Waterproof women’s is advertised as ‘The World’s lightest fully cushioned shoe, made waterproof’. Therefore it is perfect for commuting in cooler climates or parts of the world where it rains. There’s nothing worse than trudging around a city with soggy feet (and socks/tights), so I was excited when On launched the waterproof edition, especially when it came out in a very stylish black edition, with reflective features!

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On Cloud vs On Cloud Waterproof

Comparing side by side, the toe cap and upper material on the On Cloud Waterproof are thicker and designed to repel water.

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Reflective features

The On Cloud Waterproof has more reflective details than the regular On Cloud 2018 – it has thin strips of reflective material around the heel, as well as the usual reflective On logos.

Warmth and breathability

Because the On Cloud Waterproof is made from waterproof materials, it is inherently warmer than the normal On Clouds. This is ideal for someone like me, who gets cold feet even in mild temperatures and has a hard time warming them up! I would still choose the On Clouds on hot, dry summer days, to stop my feet from getting too hot and sweating, but for the majority of my needs, the On Cloud Waterproof is a great choice.

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The outsole – flexibility with more protection

Due to the different materials used to make the Cloud Waterproof, they feel a little stiffer the first couple of times you wear them. I actually prefer this to the normal On Cloud for wearing in the city, as it makes my feet feel more protected when I’m walking around pavements and street hazards which I may stand on or accidentally kick, such as litter and broken paving.

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Sole – Grip in the wet

While I have not done a scientific comparison of the soles and grip, the On Cloud Waterproof women’s also has noticeably better grip on wet surfaces – which makes sense, given their purpose, for wearing in the wet.

On Cloud Waterproof womens
On Cloud Waterproof Women's
Comfort
9
Design & Function
9.5
Durability
9
Flexibility
8.1
Performance
8.8
Pros
Fully Waterproof
Easy to get on and off
Lots of Reflective detail
Stylish design
Cons
Only 2 colors available (but they both look great)
8.9
Overall Score

On Cloud Waterproof Women’s Review Summary

On Cloud Waterproof women's
On Cloud Waterproof Women’s – $149.99

The Cloud Waterproof is a well-designed, lightweight and attractive trainer for city road running or casual/lifestyle wear. It’s my go-to commuting shoe for comfort and style (even looking good when worn with workwear), as well as my casual weekend shoe of choice for wearing with jeans, shorts or leggings around town or walking light trails.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great review. I find CWP to be perfect fall running shoes due to wind proof membrane and, as you mentioned, it keeps the feet warm. How many miles does a Cloud or CWP pair last for you or when do you replace them? Thanks.

    • Hi Jon! I tend to do a shoe check at around 400km – to see how well the midsole is holding up in terms of cushioning, if it feels ‘dead’ with no ‘bounce’ then I’ll usually move to my next pair otherwise I’ll keep going and check at 500km. Of course this will vary depending on the surfaces you run/walk in them, and a persons weight. Hope that helps a bit… Oh and if you need a way to keep track of how far you’re running in each pair of shoes, use an App like Strava which allows you to add your shoes and tag them to your activities – it will then give you a notification at 400km for your shoe check! 🙂

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