BTW how do you like your ON running shoes?
Always a win when you are the oldest finisher!
What I like about ON shoes:
They are light weight 7 - 9 oz, well padded yet stable, firm on the heel, comfortable and they last longer than most shoes I had.
I have used them for both, road and trail racing.
What I don't like: The toe box is too narrow - no wide models available; but the soft mesh is plyable - shoe gets comfortable after a while.
The ON-Cloud is their cheapest model, comfortable but cleats wear out faster. My old one has 650 miles on it, upper mesh is ripped in places - I still use it for shorter trail runs.
The ON-Cloudflow is the next up model. Mine has 850 miles and is still holding up (used it for the Ragged 50k), Upper mesh ripped here and there, but not of any structural consequence. Will continue using it for trail runs.
I have a newer ON Cloud which I use for road racing.
The On-Cloudswift is quite nice (I tried it at an expo)
The "cleats" have air pockets, and are spaced on the undersole. Gravel can get caught in the spaces (my driveway gravel in particular !!)
Winning gets easier when the field shrinks, everything else gets to be more difficult!
Indeed- kudos to you for getting out there!
Thanks for the shoe advice, I've been intrigued by the Cloud lacing system.
I don't use the strap lacing. Shoes come with both type of laces - I use the traditional one.