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Tech Profile: Introducing the all-new second-generation Cloudstratus

More Cloud cushioning, more performance, more run. The ultimate max-cushion shoe for comfort from 5k to the marathon and beyond.


When it comes to long-haul mileage, comfort is king. That’s the guiding philosophy behind the new Cloudstratus – engineered to deliver supreme cushioning on the road, whether your long run is a couple of miles or a marathon.


The second-generation Cloudstratus is where maximum cushioning meets maximum performance and the latest evolution of our shoe with a double-stack of CloudTec®, now gives you even more confidence to conquer your runs. 


If you’re looking for more comfort to go the distance, the Cloudstratus is for you.


Here’s how we created the perfect performance shoe that offers maximum cushioning over medium to long distances.



Double impact


The original Cloudstratus was the first shoe to feature two layers of CloudTec® and we’ve improved on that winning formula, extending the double layer of Cloud elements into the forefoot and adding our Helion™ superfoam. It’s a powerful combination that delivers even more cushioning and a more dynamic take off. Maximum protection, without sacrificing that all-important responsive feel.


Wide ride


We wanted even more runners to enjoy the benefits of that unique max cushioning on their road runs, so we also totally re-engineered the bottom unit to include a wider forefoot.


That wider forefoot improves the overall support without stifling speed, and while the Cloudstratus isn’t a support shoe like our Cloudace and Cloudflyer, the result is an even more cushioned sensation with additional support. It takes even more impact out of asphalt. All without slowing you down.


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Release the pressure


The more energy you have, the further you can go. But providing energy-saving responsiveness and the kind of cushioned protection that keeps legs and feet feeling fresh, is a tough nut to crack. That’s where a trio of  unique On innovations come in, creating a midsole that’s big on energy return, durability and road protection.


Those double stacked layers of Helion™ superfoam work with connected forefoot Cloud elements to enhance vertical and horizontal cushioning, distributing pressure as your foot lands, then supporting a powerful push-off as our carefully tuned polypropylene Speedboard® drives you forward.


“Along with a slightly stronger rocker design in the forefoot, the Speedboard® supports a very smooth transition from heel to toe,” says Edouard Coyon, Head of Footwear Product Management at On. “But it also provides the snappiness or dynamism that’s part of the DNA of all On shoes. Together this helps the shoe to feel a bit more dynamic than its competitors.”


The result: less impact, more running.



Flex appeal


“People who run longer, beginner runners and anyone who just wants more cushioning and comfort, tend to like a bit more room in the forefoot,” says Edouard. “So we wanted to make sure the upgraded shoe offered a more generous forefoot fit.”


In addition to the wider forefoot, we’ve refined the inner sock construction and improved the heel hold, to create instant step-in comfort and reliable custom fit that'll make you want to run twice as far.


“We wanted to give runners confidence and create a shoe that’ll be your best friend, with superb comfort you can really rely on. We worked hard on the details to ensure maximum comfort and a really cosy foot feel.”


For example, the full engineered mesh has a limited number of overlays to avoid unnecessary pressure points. The heel has additional foam for better hold and plush comfort. And the anatomically engineered mesh upper is designed to be soft and strong, optimized for comfort and breathable for airflow. But made with movement in mind.


We also kept the popular star-lacing configuration from the first-gen Cloudstratus. This recruits more mesh from the shoe’s flank, wrapping the foot for a secure fit and supporting your natural motion.


Where your foot flexes, the shoe flexes too. And that makes for a natural ride no matter how long you’re in the saddle.





The CloudTec® outsole has evolved too. The Cloudstratus features a high-performance rubber grip compound that delivers unshakeable road hold and the kind of durability that gives you the confidence to go further.


Treading lighter


As part of On’s bigger commitment to reduce environmental impact, we’re working hard to create shoes that perform for the planet too. In the all-new Cloudstratus, we’ve used twice the amount of recycled material than in previous generations. That means 70% of the polyester is recycled and 20% of the entire shoe is made from recycled materials. And we’re working on the rest.        


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