A Comparative Review From An Average Runner: Hoka’s Graviton vs. On Clouds Cloud Go

A Comparative Review From An Average Runner: Hoka’s Graviton vs. On Clouds Cloud Go

An Introduction to My Running Style and Review of These Two Running Shoes

Hey there, fitness enthusiasts! It’s Severen Henderson here, @iamsevy, your go-to guy for everything that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Today, I’m diving deep into the world of running shoes, explicitly comparing two of the newest entrants in the market: Hoka’s Graviton and On Clouds Cloud Go. As someone who enjoys running but wouldn’t call himself an avid runner, I have some insights that might help you make your next shoe purchase. So, let’s lace up and get started!

What is Heel-to-Toe Drop, and Why Does It Matter?

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about heel-to-toe drop. It’s the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot. This small detail can significantly impact your running form, speed, and comfort. A lower drop can offer a more natural running experience, while a higher drop can provide more cushioning and support. Now that we’ve got that out let’s see how these shoes stack up.

Hoka’s Graviton: The Lowdown

Heel-to-Toe Drop:

The Graviton comes with a heel-to-toe drop of 4mm. This lower drop promotes a more natural running form, which I found comfortable for shorter runs.


The Graviton is a marvel of modern shoe engineering. It features Hoka’s signature cushioning but takes it up a notch with its innovative foam construction. The midsole is made of a high-quality EVA foam that provides excellent cushioning and has incredible energy return properties. 

This foam is designed to absorb impact and release energy during the toe-off phase, making each stride more effortless.

The upper is made of a breathable mesh material that keeps your feet cool and dry, even during those sweaty runs. It’s reinforced with synthetic overlays for added durability and support. The shoe also incorporates a seamless construction, reducing the risk of irritation and blisters.

The outsole is durable rubber with strategically placed lugs for optimal grip and traction, whether running on asphalt or light trails. The shoe also features a rocker geometry, promoting a smoother transition from heel to toe and enhancing overall running efficiency.

My Take:

As an average runner, I found the Graviton a good fit for my casual jogs and short-distance runs. The lower drop took some time, but it felt natural once I did. 

Most of my running is done in a controlled setting in a gym. The most adventurous that my runs get is using a self-propelled treadmill or pushing up the incline as far as the treadmill I’m on goes. 

That said, this leads me to my only complaint about this shoe. The back of the shoe or the heel area makes it difficult to do anything other than run. Again, when I’m in the gym, I do full body workout almost daily. 

Working out on a rower or any other equipment that requires placing your feet can feel cramped. However, you can still achieve the exercise you desire on the equipment. I prefer a different choice due to the cramped space.

On Clouds Cloud Go: The Details

Heel-to-Toe Drop:

If you’re a heel striker, you’ll love the Cloud Go’s 6mm heel-to-toe drop! The extra cushioning provides a comfortable landing while you’re on your run. 


The Cloud Go is a masterpiece in shoe design, featuring On Cloud’s patented CloudTec technology. This technology consists of a series of hollow “cloud” pods on the outsole, providing a unique dual function: a soft landing and an explosive takeoff. When your foot hits the ground, the pods compress to absorb impact and provide a spring-like effect for a powerful push-off.

The upper is crafted from a lightweight, breathable mesh material that conforms to the shape of your foot. It’s engineered for comfort and performance, with a sock-like fit that eliminates the need for a traditional tongue. The shoe also incorporates a loop lacing system, which arrives pre-laced, making it quick and easy to get the perfect fit.

For added stability, the Cloud Go features a supportive heel counter and a midfoot cage, ensuring your foot stays in place even during high-intensity runs. The shoe also has a segmented sole, allowing for greater flexibility and natural foot movement.

My Take:

Thanks to the extra cushioning, I found the Cloud Go more suitable for longer runs. The higher drop didn’t bother me, and I felt more supportive during uphill or incline runs. 

The issue I had with the Hoka and the rower is fine with the Cloud Go. The shoe fits into all exercise equipment that I’ve come across. Now, let’s talk about stability. The Graviton and the Cloud Go offer a stable ride, making them versatile choices for different exercises in the gym. However, when it comes to HIIT workouts, the Cloud Go is my go-to pick.

The shoe’s unique CloudTec technology and supportive heel counter provide a stable base for quick lateral movements and jumps. That said, it’s worth noting that while these shoes are stable for general gym activities, they still lack the proper stability you’d get from a specialized weightlifting or Metcon shoe.

Style and Popularity: When Looking Odd Makes You Cool

Both shoes have a unique, almost avant-garde style that stands out. The Graviton’s foam construction gives it a futuristic look, while the Cloud Go’s cloud pods offer a distinctive aesthetic. It’s fascinating how both shoes burst onto the exercise with a specialty towards the running scene almost out of nowhere! 

The shoes have captured the attention of fitness enthusiasts and the casual wearers. Their unique designs have made them conversation starters at the gym and on the track.

I’m traditionally a person who stays with what works, and the running and exercise shoes I had been wearing for years always seemed to do the trick. But when I kept seeing both of these shoes all over the gym and streets, I had to take the opportunity to see what all of the hype was about. And so far, between the two, I haven’t been disappointed. 

A New Review Coming Soon: These Two Brands Offerings into the World of Hiking Boots

Oh, and if you’re into hiking as well, stay tuned! I own hiking boots from Hoka and On Clouds, and I’ll do a separate review to let you know which one takes the cake.

Conclusion and Call to Action

So, which shoe is better? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a more natural running experience, go for the Graviton. If you’re after cushioning and support, the Cloud Go is your best bet.

If you found this review helpful, follow the blog for more recommendations and insights into running and lifestyle. Trust me; you will want to miss what’s coming up next!

Happy running, everyone!



About Severen Henderson

Serial Entrepreneur Severen Henderson (@iamsevy) is the owner and operator of Department3C, a social media marketing agency. He's also a podcaster, content creator, copywriter, and public speaker. In his spare time (which is rare), he enjoys reading books on business and self-improvement. A quote from him is, "I want to help people share their message with the world."

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