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ON Cloudsurfer 7 - Women's Review

This shoe combines stylish design with enhanced functionality, featuring a lightweight build, making it a comfortable choice for daily runners seeking a blend of fashion and performance
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ON Cloudsurfer 7 - Women's Review (This is a stylish shoe to check out for mellow miles in comfort.)
This is a stylish shoe to check out for mellow miles in comfort.
Credit: Ally Arcuri
Price:  $160 List
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Manufacturer:   ON
By Ally Arcuri ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 12, 2024
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RANKED
#19 of 24
  • Cushioning and Landing Comfort - 25% 8.0
  • Responsiveness - 25% 6.0
  • Stability - 20% 3.5
  • Upper Comfort - 15% 6.5
  • Weight - 15% 8.2

Our Verdict

ON is known for making stylish shoes, but until recently, they haven't always been super functional as actual gear. The Cloudsurfer 7 has entered the chat and opened up a whole new world - one with function and fashion woven throughout. The updated Cloudsurfer is the most running shoe-like running shoe we've tested from ON. It weighs in at a moderate 6.46 ounces for a women's size 6.5, has an 8mm drop, a cushy 40mm total stack, and the potential to keep you comfortable on the daily. While not a superstar shoe when placed head-to-head with some of the best shoes on the market, runners looking for a plush, lightweight running shoe will enjoy surfing the roads in this new, improved runner.
REASONS TO BUY
Comfortable
Fashionable
Lightweight
REASONS TO AVOID
Lacks stability
Not versatile as a daily trainer

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Bottom Line This shoe merges a chic look with improved practicality, offering a light bouncy ride construction for everyday runsThis running shoe offers the performance technology and comfort needed to be your go-to shoe, no matter your running goalsFor epic versatility in a single shoe, we recommend this lightweight superstarWhile not a race-focused shoe, this affordable and bouncy option will keep your legs turning over quickly and easilyThe structure and comfort of this shoe make it a highly recommended option for long distance runners who want a reliable road running steed
Rating Categories ON Cloudsurfer 7 -... Asics Novablast 4 -... Hoka Mach 6 - Women's Saucony Kinvara 14... Brooks Adrenaline G...
Cushioning and Landing Comfort (25%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.5
7.5
Responsiveness (25%)
6.0
7.5
7.0
7.5
6.0
Stability (20%)
3.5
8.0
7.0
5.5
9.0
Upper Comfort (15%)
6.5
8.0
7.5
6.5
8.0
Weight (15%)
8.2
7.4
8.5
9.5
6.3
Specs ON Cloudsurfer 7 -... Asics Novablast 4 -... Hoka Mach 6 - Women's Saucony Kinvara 14... Brooks Adrenaline G...
Sizes Available 5 - 11 US, regular 5 - 12 US, regular 5 - 11 US, regular & wide 5 - 12 US, regular & wide 5 - 13 US, narrow, medium, wide & extra wide
Style Daily/cushioned Neutral Daily Neutral Supportive
Measured Heel Stack Height 40 mm 40 mm 34 mm 30 mm 34 mm
Measured Heel-to-Toe Drop 8 mm 9 mm 2 mm 5 mm 12 mm
Plate Type None None None None None
Rocker Angle 21 deg 22.0 deg 24.5 deg 26.0 deg 26.5 deg
Rocker Apex Location 66.02% 69.48% 65.38% 68.15% 71.43%
Measured Weight 6.46 oz 7.36 oz 6.27 oz 5.55 oz 8.21 oz
Upper Engineered knit Engineered knit mesh Creel jaqquard Mesh Engineered air mesh
Midsole Helion FF Blast Plus Eco Supercritical EVA PWRRUN, PWRRUN+ DNA Loft v2
Outsole Rubber/Exposed foam AHAR outsole Rubber XT-900 rubber Rubber
Heel Tab Type None Finger loop Extended heel pull Finger loop None

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


With a noticeable heel stack, a loaded Helion undercarriage, and CloudTec cushioning, this 8mm drop shoe is a comfortable enough choice for daily runs.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - the cloudsurfer 7 is not a standout shoe overall, but it does a...
The Cloudsurfer 7 is not a standout shoe overall, but it does a great job combining function and fashion, making it a worthwhile shoe to consider.
Credit: Ally Arcuri

Landing Comfort/Cushioning


The CloudTec midsole of the ON Cloudsurfer 7 is soft and cushy, creating a perfect landing pad for runners seeking a maximal-adjacent running shoe. With a 40mm heel stack and dramatic-feeling 8mm differential, the Helion foam keeps you up, up, and away from the pavement. The cushioning rebounds nicely, allowing you to comfortably roll through your strides. It is worth noting that our last pair of ON running shoes packed out incredibly quickly and were swiftly relegated to “wear around town” shoes. Even after 50-ish miles in the Cloudsurfer, they are as comfortable and soft underfoot as they were in the beginning. Heel strikers will love how stacked the rearfoot is, as it is comprised largely of shock-absorbing foam.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - the thick slab of exposed foam combines with the midsole to provide...
The thick slab of exposed foam combines with the midsole to provide a comfortable crashpad.
Credit: Ally Arcuri

Responsiveness


As is often the case with soft, plush running shoes, the Cloudsurfer is nothing to write home about when it comes to responsiveness. You can easily execute your standard tempo runs in this shoe, but its energy return is not very profound. The steep differential provides a forward rolling sensation, which propels you forward, but in a way that is dissimilar to a truly responsive shoe. If you are seeking a moderately responsive shoe that places comfort and underfoot cushion at its core, you'll love the Cloudsurfer. If you want to hear the iconic pop pop pop of a racing shoe that forces you forward, this is not going to be a match for you.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - the cloudsurfer's rocker shape seems speed-friendly, but the...
The Cloudsurfer's rocker shape seems speed-friendly, but the softness of its foam steals some of its energy return.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

Stability


While not unsafe by any means, the Cloudsurfer 7 falls a bit short in terms of stability. Its ultra-high stack holds your body away from the ground, and the heel lift is significant. The shoe's lateral architecture is extremely soft, which impedes its ability to hold you steady as you maneuver around turns and uneven roads. Its exposed foam and rubber outsole performs poorly on wet and gravelly roads, which is disappointing since this is a feature the manufacturer claims to have upgraded. When looking for a new daily trainer, we often consider stability as a crucial factor since many people will wear their running shoes into their HIIT workouts. While the Cloudsurfer is a decent enough daily trainer, it is not one we recommend for workout use because of its high stack and heel lift and the instability of this combo.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - the thick stack of underfoot cushioning takes away from stability...
The thick stack of underfoot cushioning takes away from stability, but creates a very comfortable ride.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

Upper Comfort


We'll start with the negative here since the positive attributes outweigh them. The toe box of the Cloudsurfer is a bit short, both vertically and horizontally. This isn't a dealbreaker on this otherwise very comfortable shoe, but it is something to be aware of. Aside from the slightly snug toebox space, the engineered mesh is comfortable and breathable. The chunky heel collar stays snug and comfortable while the thickly padded tongue gently cradles your upper foot. We struggled to get the lace system as locked down as we like it for speedier efforts, but this shoe has it all when viewed solely through the lens of comfort.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - the stark downslope at the forefoot feels a bit short. otherwise...
The stark downslope at the forefoot feels a bit short. Otherwise, the Cloudsurfer is an incredibly comfortable shoe.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

Weight


For a plush running shoe, the Cloudsurfer 7 is impeccably lightweight. Weighing 6.46 ounces, it feels incredibly lightweight when worn. It's not the lightest shoe in our lineup, but it boasts one of the best comfort-to-weight ratios. The choice to leave the outsole foam exposed feels like a risk by ON, but this small attribute helps keep the weight low and proved to be surprisingly durably throughout our testing.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - for a comfortable shoe, the cloudsurfer is notably lightweight...
For a comfortable shoe, the Cloudsurfer is notably lightweight, making it a nice option for chill runs on mellow training days.
Credit: Ally Arcuri

Should You Buy the ON Cloudsurfer 7?


We often have a quick yes-or-no answer here, but it is not so simple when it comes to the Cloudsurfer. It is not a versatile daily trainer in that we do not recommend it for gym use or agility training. We have other shoes in our lineup that hold up to those types of demands with ease. The Cloudsurfer is plenty comfortable with its foam-loaded features, making it a good choice for slower daily runs. Ultimately, you'll likely be satisfied on the basis of comfort alone if you choose to buy the Cloudsurfer, but there are more versatile shoes that we would recommend above this one.

on cloudsurfer 7 for women - we picked apart every bit of this shoe and still come away saying...
We picked apart every bit of this shoe and still come away saying that it's comfortable but doesn't have as much running technology as we have grown to expect.
Credit: Natalie Kafader

What Other Road Running Shoes Should You Consider?


For comfortable underfoot cushion in a more technical-feeling package, we joyfully recommend the Asics Novablast 4. The Novablast is silky, comfortable, and ready for action, making it an all-around better choice for your versatile running needs. The Hoka Clifton 9 is less cushy but equally protective. The Clifton offers significantly more stability, and since it is slightly firmer, it feels a bit more capable. Lastly, the Asics Gel Kayano 30 has a truly loaded underfoot stack (37mm) and scored better in every metric except weight.

Ally Arcuri