Overall I quite like this mat. I got it in the midnight color, which is a dark navy blue. It's just the right amount of cushy, not so much that I sink in! I feel inspired walking on to the mat with bare feet.
My only peeve with it is that when my hands get a bit sweaty, it feels slippery. Makes downward dog a bit challenging to hold gracefully. ;-) I've been using my mat for about a month, and from I read, it can take a few months for the factory "finish" to rub off. I have done the salt scrub recommended by Manduka, and it does seem to be less slippery than at first, but I'm hoping it gets better than this.
there is no odor to this mat, it's fairly light, feels durable, and has a nice texture to touch.