I’ll likely keep from running in the Cloudvista until cooler temps prevail because it is decidedly not a summer shoe for me. On a few runs that maybe got into the low 70s Fahrenheit, my feet were perspiring by the first mile. I didn’t do any creek crossings in the shoe but, based on their upper design, I suspect their drainage mirrors their breathability – poor. Personally, I found the Cloudvista best suited for training days when my legs felt fresh and I wanted to go for a short rip around the local trails (or a QOM effort if I felt optimistic). In not so many words, I used the Cloudvista when I wanted trail running to feel fun. When I didn’t want a slog, just a quick burner on some singletrack, the Cloudvista was just the right tool for the job.
I’ve only put about 50 miles on the Cloudvista so I don’t have a great sense of its long-term durability. That said, I’ve done enough testing to offer my initial thoughts.
If you notice the CloudTec midsole feeling firmer than you prefer in the first few runs as I did, it only becomes more pronounced with more mileage. For some less sensitive runners, this might not be an issue, but if it bothers you as it did me, there’s no working around it. On the plus side, because the CloudTec midsole is so rigid out of the box, the shoe likely won’t lose its original spring with repeated use like so many other models employing chunky sections of EVA foam. Now, the CloudTec pods will compress eventually, and the shoe will feel flat as a result, but I can’t imagine that happening before 400 miles. I’ll also point out that, as with any trail shoe spending significant time on the roads, doing so will accelerate how quickly the Cloudvista’s tread will wear down. However, because the shoe is equipped with only modest lugs to begin with, the quality of traction likely won’t change much over time.