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On Cloudmonster Review: Created in 2022, the Cloudmonster is On’s next evolution in running shoe. Right away you notice the monster cloudtec pods on the bottom of the shoe. The pods are twice the size that we had seen before with the Cloudflyer and Cloudflow.

Where the Cloudstratus used two layers of Cloudtec Pods to achieve maximum cushion, the Cloudmonster went oversized in the midsole and the heel. At first look, the shoe looks significantly oversized compared to all other previous “Cloud” models. We dig deeper into what makes this shoe unique in our On Cloudmonster Review 2022.

First Run with the Cloudmonster

While on location in the bay area, researching routes for Running Trails in San Francisco, one of The Klubb team members put the Cloud Monster to the test. With steep hills and hard pavement, San Francisco proved to be the ultimate testing ground for On’s latest creation.

san francisco hills
Steep SF Hills

Having previously run in the Cloudflyer, the first standout feature of the Cloudmoster was how well the heel fit. The gradually rising rubber that increased to mid-heel at the back of the shoe has made a huge difference in overall fit.

Cloudmonster - Cloudflyer 4
Cloudmonster – Cloudflyer 4

While the heel on the Cloudflyer 4 looks much more built up, we found the Cloudmonster to fit better and feel more secure in the heel.

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Running in the Cloudmonster shoe

Having ran in Hoka One One shoes for many years, the rocker visually looked like it would provide the same experience. However, the On Cloudmonster felt surprisingly more responsive considering how cushioned the shoe is.

hoka vs on cloudmonster

While the Hoka shoes seem to absorb impact, the On Cloudmonster seems to simultaneously absorb impact and provide a pop of release. This pop of release makes running in the Cloudmonster seem effortless.

Read the HOKA Clifton 8 review here.

Review Summary

In summary of the On Cloudmonster review, we have found our new go-to running shoe for daily training. The combination of support and pop make this shoe great for running on pavement.

Stay tuned as we put this shoe to the test in our Run 2023km in 2023 challenge!