Following on from my recent run with the impressive urban CloudSwift trainers, I am now excited to be testing out another pair. This time the OnCloud Men's Cloud Venture Peak. I set to the hills. These are tougher shoes and are specialised for trail running and long off-road runs in mind. Heavier than the Cloudswift, weighing in at just 295 grams, it’s still a lightweight trail running shoe that's big on cushioning, protection and grip.
The trainers have a technical engineered two-layer mesh upper which provides optimal ventilation for cooling comfort, even on tough climbs. While the inner layer offers a soft step in and support, the outer layer provides breathable, lightweight protection.
A unique feature from these shoes is the introduction of Missiongrip™, new tech that provides the traction to propel you to the highest peaks, and for the descent, the sole cushions and lessens the impact to let you stay in control whilst continuing downhill. The sole or Speedboard™ is narrower at the centre, so that the shoe flexes with your foot over uneven ground.
The Missiongrip™ outsole combines multiple grip patterns to keep you in control on the trail. The "sticky" grip of the specially developed Missiongrip™ rubber is enhanced by the traction pattern. Zig-zag channels combine with flatter details to prevent slipping on smooth surfaces, which is where I often come unstuck, meanwhile ‘Zero-Gravity’ foam delivers lightweight cushioning that lets you own the downhill.
Overall both pairs are very different and serve their purpose extremely well. Very comfortable, great design and the quality reflects the price.
Website: Cotswold outdoor
Pros - Choice of 4 colours – Flare Dust my favourite, lightweight, flexible sole, lots of buoyancy and spring from the sole
Cons – Mud is collected and trapped within 16 holes in the tread per trainer plus too along the deep gap at the bottom of sole, no tag to pull trainer on from the heel (other models have this)
Rating 4.5 stars