Hopefully the first of many reviews on this site, it’s time to share my feelings on the current yoga mat I’m using. I purchased this yoga mat on Amazon.com and have been using it for about 4 months now. Here are a few things that I like and dislike about the mat.
This mat is 1/4 inch thick and very comfy regardless of the surface you’re practicing on. I hardly notice a difference switching from carpet to tile or cement. This mat is very soft and feels wonderful to lie down on. I could seriously take a nap on this thing!
I am pretty bony, so this mat is perfect in terms of thickness for both my feet and the rest of my body. I have yet to find a more comfortable mat, though I’m sure there are plenty of great options out there!
Extra Large, Extra Wide
I’m over 6 feet tall, and I have a really long reach. So, I needed a mat that would fit my proportions, and this one is excellent. It’s not excessive, but it gets the job done. It’s 7-foot long and 3-foot wide, not too much bigger than a standard yoga mat. What I like about this size compared to an even large one is the portability and the ability to practice in a more confined space.
I can practice in just about any room in my house without having to move too much furniture around. This mat has just about the perfect dimensions for my body, and I will likely stick to around this size if I ever decide to purchase a new mat.
A Little Heavy
This really hasn’t been much of a problem for me, but my girlfriend did mention that the mat was a little too heavy for her to carry around. It’s about 6lbs give-or-take, and I will say it is noticeably heavier than a standard mat. The extra length, width, and thickness results in a heavier mat.
I don’t travel with my mat much, as I tend to practice yoga at home. If I were to go on the road or travel abroad, I might consider downsizing my mat a little, for one with a little less weight to it. I could see it becoming an issue on planes or while backpacking around Europe. The mat is just so big, that it could be a tad inconvenient for travel.
Slippery When Wet (Sweat)
Another thing I’ve noticed about this mat is that it’s a little slippery. It’s not unmanageable, and really I’m only adding this for the sake of honesty and controversy. In reality, the slipperiness has never once affected me, as the worst that’s happened is my feet have moved about 2 inches back during a downward-facing-dog.
Other than a couple mild movements, the slipperiness hasn’t been troublesome. Overall, the mat is pretty grippy. The thickness of the mat allows one to “sink in” a bit, and I believe it allows for a solid foundation. When the mat is dry, it has quite the grip.
After reading a couple Amazon reviews, some people have mentioned wiping down the mat with vinegar before using it to remove any slipperiness. I have yet to try it myself, but it sounds like it has worked for most people! If you’re worried about this mat being too slippery, I wouldn’t stress too much. I have yet to have any complaints, myself, on the subject.
It’s not the cheapest, but it’s also not the priciest. At around $40 or so, you can get this mat in a handful of colors. Some people spend hundreds of dollars on their yoga mats, but I try to be as frugal as possible. I have an amazon credit card, and try to use my rewards points as much as possible. I was able to use some rewards points and order this mat for under $20!
If you don’t have any points, $40 is still not too bad of a price for the mat you’d be getting. I’m sure there are mats that might exceed this one, but I’ve been happy with my purchase for over 4 months, and my mat still looks brand new! I haven’t even cleaned it once, but there are no stains or marks, and the mat is in excellent condition.
I see this mat lasting for at least a couple of years. I would give this mat an A+ for it’s price-to-quality ratio. It has served its purpose and hasn’t let me down yet!
Need A New Mat?
If you’re looking for a small, lightweight yoga mat, this one probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re in the market for a mat that is a little more comfortable, one that is spacious, and one that will stand the test of time, this mat might be perfect for you!
I’ve included a link to the exact mat I have below for anyone interested. I hope that whatever mat you decide on will serve you well. Don’t just buy a mat to get one, do some research on a few different mats. Find the one that will work for you. The last thing you want is to buy a mat only to hate it and have to purchase another one. If you have any questions about this mat or would like to leave any comments, feel free to do so below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.