2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

On Cloudsurfer

$129, On-running.com
The draw: Adaptive cushioning geared for faster running

Running in the Cloudsurfer does take some getting used to. Once you adapt, though, the inherent benefits truly shine. On’s system employs 13 rubber pods attached to the midsole that absorb both vertical and horizontal impacts, which On claims translates to more forward momentum as you toe off. The ride is firm but the shoe provides an excellent feel for the road. While the Cloudsurfer floats over pavement, it’s not ideal for trails because rocks can easily get lodged in the rubber pods. Neutral runners with a mid-foot strike looking for an efficient shoe that caters to up-tempo runs should look no further.