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Manduka Bm71 Blackmatpro Yoga And Pilates Mat (Black)

by Manduka

Price: CDN$ 100.49 - CDN$ 260.70
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Brand NameManduka
  
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ASINB0083JBD4W
Date First AvailableFeb. 4 2013
  
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Wong on Nov. 25 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 71-Inch
Addressing the slippage first:
This mat does not "slip". I am a relatively built guy around 200 lbs, and I'll tell you - this mat doesn't slip. I have no idea how can this mat slip, on the ground or with your palms. Hot or normal yoga. I just don't get how or where all these complaints are coming from.
Yeah the FIRST time I used it, it had a BIT of slip when my palms sweated up. But after about 10 uses the mat has broken in very nicely.
And yes..I am using it for yoga and hot yoga.

Well as for the review, here it is.

First of all, if you can get this on sale - do it! It is well worth the price.

Pros:
High quality material
No weird rubber smell
Great thickness
No slip
Gets better the more you use it
Works even in hot yoga

Cons:
Due to the thickness, it is quite thick when rolled up. It just barely gets into my lululemon namaste 2 bag. Is it heavy? Well that's subjective.
I don't find it heavy, but I am a guy and I sling it across my back when I travel with it.
Honestly though, I've found that I had to bring another gym bag to carry towel/water bottle/strap/block if I'm going for a long yoga class (especially if it's hot).

Note for hot yoga people: Seriously if you sweat puddles, no mat in the world will be able to provide a non slip surface for you.
Personally I'm not that sweaty, I've managed an entire hot yoga class without using a towel. But I bring one regardless and throw it on halfway sometimes. This issue really is a personal one as everyone sweats differently. Then again, maybe I have more grip on my palms because I have callouses all over em haha.

Overall: I give it 5 stars. Yeah sure it's thick, but that's what you get if you want a nice comfy durable mat.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Colin King on Oct. 20 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 85-Inch
I took my time deciding this expensive mat was what I needed, reading reviewers' reservations or encountered problems. After airing the new mat for a few days (no wiping) I used it for my most challenging yoga class - one hour power yoga with these results:
a)It stayed firmly in place on the polished solid wood floor;
b) My palms, fingers, soles and toes engaged the mat surface from start to finish with no noticeable slippage;
c) The new-product smell was noticeable but not disturbing;
d) There is firm cushioning, which reduced physical stress; and
e) At last being 74 inches tall didn't mean I have to constantly spill over onto the floor.
I think I made the right choice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alain on Dec 11 2012
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 71-Inch Verified Purchase
Love it my knee doesn't hurt anymore, like with other mats ,mat doesn't stretch while doing downward dog,...a bit slippery at first but after a wash and a few yoga sessions,it.s perfect. Finally found the perfect yoga mat...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave York on June 9 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 85-Inch Verified Purchase
Most amazing mat ever. My knees have been thanking me since I got it!
Extra length is great for someone my height 6'2" & the lifetime warranty is an added nonus
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ride365 on Feb. 6 2012
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 85-Inch
I bought this mat to replace my lululemon "the mat" as I felt it was too short. It is much thicker and the extra length prevents constant moving to the middle of the mat. I found it a bit slipper at first and since I do Moksha (hot yoga) I also bought the equa towel. The two work very well together and the mat does not absorb much moisture unlike my lululemon the mat. Other than being heavy and the same colour as many other yogis at my studio I would have no reason not to recommend this mat to anyone that is taller or would like more space to practice. Nameste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather on Sept. 16 2014
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 71-Inch Verified Purchase
I love my blackmat, it have great cushioning without being squishy feeling giving you stability for balancing poses and I love the woven like texture on top. Its is a closed cell material so if you sweat a lot you will need to use a towel because it will not absorb the moisture like the open cell mats do but because its a closed cell mat, cleaning is a lot easier. The biggest concern I had was the break in period, I read a lot of reviews who just couldn't get that coating off their mat. So when I opened the mat the first time and got in downward dog I slid right off so I quickly did the reccomened water, sea salt and a stiff brush treatment on it which improved a little bit but not much. So I then mixed 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar with 30 drops of tea tree oil sprayed that on the sea salt on the mat and used a cloth instead of a brush and really scrubbed it and that did it! After that I stick down like crazy and when I do slide a little its because I need to clean the body oil off the mat which is easy to do with a much weaker water, vinegar and tea tree mixture and then its good again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay R on July 28 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 85-Inch Verified Purchase
PROS: Very high quality, and thicker/denser than any other mat you'll find. Any joint issues I've had with my past yoga mat are pretty much gone after I used this mat. Also, the Manduka PRO mats have a lifetime warranty which is great to know. The length is perfect too-- I'm 6'3 and it's so nice to finally have a yoga mat that doesn't leave my feet or head dangling off the edge. No more re-adjusting to fit on the mat; this thing leaves plenty of room to move around on in comfort.

CONS: Compared to other brands like Jade or Lululemon, the fact is this mat IS at least more prone to slipping. I've talked to other Manduka mat owners in my classes and they all say the same thing. It's not an absolutely major issue, but it is kind of annoying to do a downward dog consciously have to make sure your feet don't slip rather than the pose feeling natural/having a good flow. I hardly sweat at all, which only adds to my surprise as to why Manduka's mats seem to be so much more slip-prone than other brands. And yes, I've tried the sea-salt scrub that Manduka suggests. Didn't seem to do much.

Overall it's certainly the best mat I've owned, despite the minor slipping issues. The density/thickness combined with the length and quality make it well-worth the high price tag. Plus, I'll be honest... when you spend $140 (shipping+taxes) on a yoga mat, you're more likely to practice yoga more because you've made a bit of an investment in it. As for the weight... if you're a guy, it shouldn't be an issue. If you're a girl, well... my 110lb girlfriend can lift it with ease, so don't get scared off by all the "OMG its the heaviest thing ever" reviews.
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