The idea of efficiently converting energy to essentially allow runners to “run faster with the same effort” is what lies at the heart of one of the key elements in every On shoe: the On Speedboard.
Working hand-in-hand with the Cloudtec technology that is utilised to provide cushioning while running, the Speedboard is an ingenious marvel of Swiss engineering.
Moulded from the thermoplastic polymer Pebax®, the Speedboard has been built for just that – speed and velocity. This material is lightweight, but its high level of stiffness and flexion (the bow-like bend and release of a material) allows the Speedboard, which is found between the midsole and the upper of every pair of On shoes, to maximise propulsion.
The torsion of every style of On shoes has been deliberately altered to either add stability to the shoe, or to allow for greater movement of each part of the foot, as is the case in On’s trail shoe, the Cloudventure.
Adjusting the material used in the Speedboard, or tweaking its shape or thickness makes every style of On shoes specialised and uniquely crafted to fulfil the primary purpose of the shoe. The gentle helix shape of the Speedboard mimics the natural motion of the foot, which also supports an efficient running economy.
The Speedboard is a crucial part of every On shoe, and supports On’s philosophy of creating shoes that are ergonomic, but big on energy return and take-off. When every step counts, On shoes deliver the best in efficient energy conversion, making for runs that are faster and more comfortable than ever before.