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On Cloud X Training Shoe Review | Can You Lift In Them?

On is a company that is well-known in the running community, but within the cross-training and lifting community, they’re not as common of a name to throw around. The On Cloud X training shoe is marketed as a model for agility workouts, cross-training sessions, and shorter to mid-range runs.

Being a strength athlete, I’m relatively new to training in On shoes, but I have to say, the Cloud X training shoe has grown on me. I was skeptical at first with this model’s outsole and midsole construction. How would a company that primarily focuses on running fair when building a shoe for tackling cross-training?

In this On Cloud X review, we’re going to dive into the specifics of this model and discuss which contexts this shoe excels and falls short in.

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Who should buy the On Cloud X Training Shoe?

The On Cloud X Cross-Training Shoe is a great model for the lifter, runner, and athlete that needs a shoe primarily for HIIT training, plyometrics, agility, and runs. This model is not going to be the best option for heavy lifting, but it excels with explosive and cardio-focused activities.

The midsole and outsole are highly responsive and provide a lot of feedback during bounding-style workouts. If you don’t plan on maxing out in the gym in these shoes, then I think you’ll really like this model.

On Cloud X

$139.99

On Cloud X Training Shoes
4.4
Stability
3.5
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.2

Best For

  • Plyometrics
  • Short/Mid-Range Runs
  • HIIT Training
  • Agility Workouts

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Heavy Lifting
  • For Long-Term Durability

 

On Cloud X Pros

The On Cloud X are fairly proprietary in nature with their construction and with their uniqueness there are a few standout pros that I really like about this.

  1. Super Versatile
  2. CloudTec and Helion Superfoam
  3. Breathable and Lightweight Upper

The first thing that I really enjoy about the On Cloud X shoe is how versatile it is for various forms of training. As mentioned above, this model is not the best for lifting, but for everything else, it’s really solid. It’s one of my new favorite cross-training shoes for plyometric and agility workouts.

I like how responsive the midsole and outsole are and the shoe is super lightweight so it’s a pleasure to wear for long durations. If you’re a HIIT athlete, take class workouts, or run in the short/mid-range regularly, then I think you’ll like the versatility of the Cloud X shoe.

On Cloud X Pros

The second pro is the CloudTec outsole and Helion Superform that On uses in this model. On uses their proprietary CloudTec in most of their shoes’ outsoles which give them a very mobile and comfortable feel. Combine this with the Helion Superfoam and you have a shoe that’s lightweight, flexible, and highly responsive, all of which help feed into the versatility of this model.

The final pro is the breathability and lightweight nature of the upper. The Cloud X model has a weight of 8.47 oz and their upper construction is composed of a breathable mesh. This keeps them light on your feet and they breathe well for outdoor training and sweaty gym sessions.

On Cloud X Cons

Despite enjoying the versatility of the Cloud X, there are a few cons that new buyers should keep in mind with this model.

  1. Not Great for Lifting
  2. Higher Price Point
  3. Toe Box Material Fold

The first drawback to this is the overall stability of this model. It’s marketed as a cross-training shoe, but I’d say pump the breaks on lifting in this model. The midsole and outsole are highly responsive, however, they lack when creating stability under loads over 275 lbs.

Contextually speaking, it’s important to understand what this model is best for before investing. There’s a big difference between this model’s design and cross-training shoes for supporting heavy loads.

On Cloud X Cons

The second drawback to this model is its price. At a price of $139.99 USD, it’s a far from cost-efficient training shoe. Personally, I think the Cloud X is worth it if your performance asks match my analysis below.

Suggested Read: Shopping on a budget? Check out these five cross-training shoes under $100.

The last con and cosmetic detail I noticed with the Cloud X is that the upper at the bottom of the laces folds a bit when tightening them up a lot. It’s not the biggest deal and it doesn’t negatively impact performance, but it’s something aesthetic that I noticed when tightening these shoes up.

On Cloud X Performance

To help you assess if the On Cloud X shoes are right for you, I’ve broken their performance into three sections below.

On Cloud X Performance

Lifting

When it comes to lifting, the Cloud X will excel for light loading but fall short for heavier training. I’ve worked up to about 245-275 lbs with deadlifts in this shoe and I started to notice some midsole compression so I capped my loading there.

This shoe works for class workouts and lighter sessions, however, I would say look into other cross-training shoes if your main focus is lifting and bias a lot of your training toward barbell work.

Agility and Plyometrics

For agility training and plyometric work, I really enjoy this shoe. The midsole and outsole are highly responsive and you get a lot of bounce out of them when in the takeoff stages of bounding and ballistic movements. Plus, they’re pretty good at helping to absorb landing phases.

On Cloud X CloudTec

 

I also really like this shoe’s upper construction in regard to its breathability and maneuverability. This model has strategic mesh upper areas to promote breathability in the areas that you want it most.

The weight of this shoe is 8.47 oz and it has a heel-to-toe drop of 6mm.

Day-to-Day and Running

On a day-to-day basis, the Cloud X is incredibly comfortable. To be honest, they’re one of my favorite cross-training shoes to wear out and about all day when I want a ride that’s comfortable and responsive. If you need shoes for standing all day this model will be a good pick.

For shorter and mid-range runs, these shoes excel. Unlike other cross-training shoes, the construction of the Cloud X feeds really well into running. Plus, On is a running shoe brand, so it makes that the construction of this model does really well at accommodating running-focused workouts.

On Cloud X Sizing

On’s site describes this shoe as having an athletic fit. I have to agree with them and think this shoe has more of a neutral last. It doesn’t feel excessively narrow and there’s an okay amount of toe box room for lifters and athletes who may desire a slightly wider toe box.

When it comes to selecting your size, you should be safe going true to size in the On Cloud X Training Shoes.

On Cloud X Sizing

Price

For a new pair of On Cloud X cross-training shoes, you can expect to pay around $139.99. This price point is definitely on the higher end for cross-training shoes. However, if you compare this model to other running shoes, then its price is pretty fair.

I think if this model matches the context of your training needs, then the price is worth it. I’d also suggest only wearing these shoes for the activities you wish to use them for to prolong their life.

On Cloud X Training Shoes
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Overall TF2 Score
4.4
4.4
Stability
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3.5
Stability
4.1
Versatility
Versatility
4.7
Versatility
4.6
Price$139.99$120
Best For
  • Plyometrics
  • Short/Mid-Range Runs
  • HIIT Training
  • Agility Workouts
  • HIIT Workouts
  • Classes
  • Light Lifting
  • Shorter Runs
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Construction Details

If you’re new to On shoes, then there are a few construction callouts that are proprietary to their style of training and running shoes. The Cloud X model has multiple details that can easily get overlooked without doing a little research.

Below, I’m going to provide a quick analysis of the main construction features in this model. For a visual breakdown of this shoe’s construction, skip to 8:26 in my video above!

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • CloudTec Outsole in Helion Superfoam
  • Weight: 8.47 oz
  • Mesh Upper Construction
  • Speedboard Tech

On Cloud X

$139.99

On Cloud X Training Shoes
4.4
Stability
3.5
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.2

Best For

  • Plyometrics
  • Short/Mid-Range Runs
  • HIIT Training
  • Agility Workouts

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Heavy Lifting
  • For Long-Term Durability

 

Takeaway Thoughts

The On Cloud X training shoes have seriously grown on me especially for versatile training. They’re not the best option for heavy loading, but for agility workouts and shorter runs, this model is really awesome.

If you have any questions on the Cloud X, drop a comment below or reach out via Instagram (@jake_boly)!

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Jake Boly

I've been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I've trained hundreds of clients, written thousands of articles, reviewed over 100+ pairs of training shoes, and have produced a large list of training videos. I live and breathe fitness and training gear, and I think it's important that reviewers walk the walk with the gear they're testing. As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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