|Weight:||8.5 oz (in Women’s size 7)|
About Me, My Running & My Feet
At the time of this report my weekly mileage hovers around 45 miles with a bit of cross-training and a lot of yoga mixed in. Physically, I stand at 5’6” and weigh anywhere between 120-125. I wear a 6 or 6 ½ in street shoes. I have high arches, a narrow heel and an average, if not wide forefoot/toe region.
Sizing: I elected to go with a full size up from my street shoes for these shoes for two reasons: 1) they run a tad smaller than their non-waterproof counterpart and 2) I tend to wear slightly thicker socks in the colder fall and winter months. This sizing worked perfectly, and I found the full size up to provide adequate room for my toes and socks without feeling sloppy.
Uppers: The uppers are comprised of an advanced On membrane and is 100% water and wind proof, and is physical, not chemically coated, meaning it does not wash out over time.
Soles: The CloudTec® sole has 11 individual pods that stretch back upon impact to offset the forces of downhill running. The company calls this “horizontal cushioning” as opposed to “vertical cushioning” which is designed to offset the typical forces of the foot landing on a flat surface. The Grip-Rubber profile of the sole provides four distinct levels of grip, providing extra traction on various surfaces.
So how did these shoes perform? Well, here goes….
Part I – Rain: I took these shoes out for a 5-mile run in a full downpour on one of the wettest and rainiest days of the year. I wore rain pants but opted against gaiters to expose the shoes to the maximum amount of water possible in different circumstances.
As for the conditions, there was a lot of rain, a lot of mud and plenty of puddles. It made for a fun, messy and wet little excursion. I ran straight through the puddles and mud. I even stood in a puddle that was arch-deep for about 60 seconds just for giggles. There was no issue with water seeping into the shoes through the uppers whatsoever. The only water that made its way into the shoe, was splashed up onto my ankles and then trickled down to the heel. This would easily be eliminated with gaiters if desired.
The most frequent question I get about these shoes is regarding the soles. Do rocks or mud get stuck in the pods? Surprisingly, I didn’t have an issue with mud or debris working its way into the pods on this run, however it’s entirely possible that the excessive amount of water on the trail simply washed it out before it could coagulate. With that said, I didn’t have an issue with debris being trapped in the soles of the non-waterproof version of the shoes this past summer.
By the time I got home, the rain had rinsed away any evidence of mud and the shoes looked almost as good as they did out of the box. My feet were dry except for my ankles and heels from the water splashing up and trickling into the shoes as mentioned above. I’d say these shoes performed above expectations for a really wet run.
Stay tuned for more as our winter conditions evolve…
About On Shoes
On running shoes are the brainchild of World Duathlon Champion and multiple Ironman Winner, Olivier Bernhard and likeminded Swiss engineers, David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti. The company was created in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2010 with the first shoes hitting the European markets later that same year. The company opened their US headquarters in Portland, Oregon and entered the US markets in 2014.