Fast break in with great performance
Preordered my cloudflyers with overnight shipping. I needed new shoes for an 8k Thanksgiving race because my cloudsurfers got a crack in one of the rubber pods earlier in the week. I ordered them site unseen, and hoped the fit would be the same as the cloudsurfers.
These cloudflyers feel great, and the initial stiffness was broken in and comfortable after a quick 5k workout. First impressions of running are good cushioning without being spongy and squishy. It is a springy type of cushioning instead of a running in jello feeling. I can really feel the wide platform in the heel that wants to make the shoe track straight forward instead of rocking to one side. I felt very sure footed in these during my race, even over potholes.
The lacing system is neat in how well they cinch up and stay tight. The laces cause the upper to wrap the foot very well. The laces are thin and slightly elastic, and they stay tied really well. There is lots of mesh in the upper that can expand for a good custom fit. I was impressed with how locked in my foot felt with the mid foot wrap.
My race went well, and I set a new personal best in these shoes today. My feet felt great during and afterward! I'm excited to have great shoes under me for my half marathon in 2 weeks.
Durability is yet to be determined, but in judging the design, the pods are very thick, so I don't think they will crack or wear out as quickly as the thin rubber pods on some other models.
The color looks better to me in person than on the website. I have the dark grey and light blue ones.
Thanks for a great pair of shoes just in time!