The Cloudsurfer is one of On’s most popular running shoes, and it has long been a favorite of mine. Then came the On Cloud X and suddenly a contender for the Cloudsurfer was born.
I also highly rated the Limited Edition On Cloud Edge Moonlight, a shoe that’s very similar to the Cloud X, but with a cool twist. Make sure you check that review out if you haven’t heard about the Moonlight yet.
Both shoes ranked very highly on my list of Best On Running Shoes list, but how do they stack up against each other, and more importantly, which one should you buy? Read on to find out.
|On Cloudsurfer||On Cloud X|
|Fit and Design||Neutral – It had a very comfortable and cushioned road feel.||Neutral – Also a very comfortable shoe that’s very breathable.|
|Weight||330g (US M 8.5) – Relatively heavy when compared with the Cloud X, if you prefer a more minimal ride, go with the Cloud X.||218g (US M 8.5)|
|Lacing System||Standard lacing system||Standard lacing system|
|Outsole||Uses the signature CloudTec pod system, albeit an update version. This is heavier than the Cloud X’s outsole but provides a much springier ride.||The Cloud X uses the CloudTec® system made from On’s Zero-Gravity EVA Foam. This foam helps keep the weight down on both shoes|
|Running Feel||The Cloudsurfer is going to keep your feet feeling comfortable for all types of road running, from speedwork to long distance runs, due to their cushioned midsole and springy pods on the outsole.||The Cloud X takes the win for me when it comes to overall running comfort due to its lighter weight. It’s not as cushioned as the Cloudsurfer but the reduced weight is a preference for me over comfort underfoot. The flexible, stretchy and breathable upper mesh combined with the traditional laces all for a very comfortable experience.|
|Original Review Post||On Cloudsurfer Review||On Cloud X Review|
|Price||$149.99 / £135||$139.99 / £130|
If you’re looking for a shoe that’s going to keep your feet feeling comfortable for all types of road running, from speedwork to long distance runs, the On Cloudsurfer shoes are an excellent choice.
On the other hand, if you enjoy mixing up your training with running on the roads, non-technical trails, crossfit, or even just hitting the gym, then I would recommend buying the On Cloud X. They will hold their own for all workouts. They are also a lighter shoe which makes them good for wearing casually, all day long.
Whichever shoes you choose, I can almost guarantee that you’ll notice some ‘personal best splits’ when you start running in them. The speedboard in both shoes is extremely good at propelling you forward!
If you ask me which ones I prefer, I’d say Cloud X, but only because I love super lightweight running shoes. If comfort was of a higher priority for me, then I’d say the Cloudsurfer.
The On Cloud X have been ranked #1 in my ON Running Shoes: Best On Shoes Reviewed post while the On Cloudsurfer reached #2. Both are excellent running shoes, and whichever one you choose to buy, will be a good decision.
Let me know which you prefer in the comments below, whether you’ve used them or not. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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