Manduka PL71-OLIVE 71-Inch PROlite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat (Olive)
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- Light 4-1/2 pounds for easy transport to yoga studio or retreat
- Non-stick, grip prevents slippage due to perspiration
- Provides stability on hard or soft surfaces
- Comfortably cushions spine, hips, knees, and elbows from hard floors
- Superior wear and longevity
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If you sweat minimally, Manduka prolite is a great mat - great colors, lasts a long time, and feels very study/great cushion during practice. However, if you sweat at all during class, I highly recommend going the Jade route. I just returned my Manduka and purchased a Jade - yes, everything sticks to it, it is open celled (greater risk of bacteria accumulating), and has a strong rubber smell in the beginning - but no slipping! A silp-free downward dog feels heavenly after months of constant readjustment on the Manduka. I'm not sure how the Jade will hold up with constant use, but it is the mat my studio recommends and even if it breaks down after 1 year of use, it is probably a good idea to get a new mat (if purely for hygienic reasons). While yogitoes might solve my slippage problem, it also has grip-to-mat problems. For me, I'd rather focus on my practice than focus on not falling.
Sierra at Manduka just received my returned mat. She stated that I did indeed wear the film off, but the texture of both sides of my mat were unlike the norm. She offered to send me another ProLite which would be the correct texture, but I decided to go with the eKo as I heard great things about it. I will say that Mankuka's customer service is the best I've experienced. They are very committed to having satisfied customers and even go through the trouble of practicing on your returned mat to see what it is that wasn't working for you. So I feel that if you are one in many that get a mat like mine that was slippery, you will be in excellent hands to get the mat you will be happy with. I'm looking forward to practicing with my eKo.
I rarely give reviews, but I felt this is important if you are a serious yogi. I treated myself with a Manduka mat for my birthday after hearing so much praise about them. I've had mine 4 months and I have done everything to make it less slippery: Use the cleanser, scrubbing it, laying it the sun for HOURS...out of desperation, I used Magic Erasers on it hoping to remove the shiny film on top. I finally resorted to CONSTANTLY wiping my hands on a towel before each asana...what a way to break a flow. Those that are in my class that have this particular Manduka all use a towel on top. I've gone through countless cheap mats without ever having to use a towel on top after 2 weeks of breaking in. I practice 90 minute yoga everyday and I still slip. It wasn't until someone shared my mat for a pose and commented "This is the slipperiest mat in the world! How do you practice on it?" that made me come here to review and look into returning it to Manduka (even though i purchased it via Amazon). I am way beyond the 30 days return because Manduka kept urging me to put it in the sun and wear it out. I would love any suggestions on how to make this less slippery and/or any tips on returning to Manduka. Please note: I am NOT a big sweater. It just takes one downward dog and I'm slipping. I gave this 2 stars because I really love the density of the mat and the no-rolling up at the end. email me if you have any suggestions! firstname.lastname@example.org
I purchased my mat from a retail store in Chicago, who won't take it back because I went through the salt scrub process Manduka told me to do.
I tried everything to make this mat not slippery as a soaped up marble floor, but after months of trying to use it and having to use a towel or another mat provided by the studio I've given up.
I'm out $80 dollars and I highly recommend, if you sweat, to avoid this mat. For gentle yoga, or yoga where you do not perspire this is a great mat. It doesn't absorb sweat so it theoretically stays very clean, which is fantastic. But if you sweat on it you will not get past the point where you begin to perspire.
I wish I would have listened to the other (few) negative reviews rather than assuming that since most reviews were positive I would have a positive experience with my mat.
I've also talked to several people at my yoga studio and they all agree that these mats are useless without a towel. Hopefully Manduka will give me a discount on one of their towels since my mat is useless without it.
I can happily end this review by telling you that the people at Manduka are very honest and helpful and they went as far as sending me a towel to use on my mat for no charge. For their kindness and understanding I am tremendously thankful.
It also, unfortunately, keeps what to me is the only negative: slippery when wet, even a little. You may have read a lot of the reviews here, but let me confirm. My downward facing dog can get a bit wobbly once my hands begin to sweat, even just a bit. Near the end of a session, a dolphin pose is quite a challenge. However, I don't have problems with my warrior poses, wet or dry. The slipperiness problem does get better after a while. I've been using it six to seven times a week for two months and that "film" on the mat that the company talks about diminishes, but not completely, at least not at this point in time. Meanwhile, what is one to do? Fortunately, there are mat-sized towels, the Manduka eQua Yoga Mat Towel being one of them, that pretty much eliminate the problem while you're breaking the mat in. (Another 40 bucks, but hey, who's counting?)
The ProLite isn't as heavy as the Pro, therefore you may experience some lifting of the mat. For example when I squeeze my feet together as I'm in squat, the mat bunches ever so slightly, which never happens with the Pro, probably because it's so thick. But it happens so rarely on the ProLite such that I believe it is the better overall performance mat that's more reasonably transportable on an everyday basis.
Before this, I had an old Stott Pilates foam mat that had seen better days and that I pretty much never thought about. After my Manduka purchase, I feel that my mat has become such an important and essential part of the practice, and breaking it in, despite the tediousness of it, makes it even more of a personal mat, something that I literally and figuratively put my imprint on, at the same time that I work on my asanas. It's so supportive and grounding. Before deciding to buy it, I researched it and read many reviews. I thought it unnatural how much people buzzed and gushed about the mat as if it were some organic entity, or even a friend, and how much they got attached to what is essentially vinyl. Now I know why.
I wanted a totally eco friendly mat, but I could NOT get over the smell. I put it in front of the fan and left it there for days. No good. It still smelled bad enough that I was avoiding it. Not great for your practice. Also the texture on some of the eco mats just gave me goosebumps when I touched it.
So I got this one.
It should last forever. They say so (I know;I know). As slightly more relevant evidence, it looks exactly as it did the day I bought it - about a year ago- and I practice every day.
It doesn't smell funny. Yea!
Lovely. It is the perfect grippiness as in I don't slide and it does not feel like it is made out of taffy (ugh to the Tapas mat and all those Gaiam and Hugger Mugger cheapies).
Everyone RAVES about the Maduka PRO, but honestly I can't spend that much time with the color black. This is a slightly lighter version and it comes in better colors. I have it in moss. It is a soothing color. It's not too bright and not too drab.
Yes, it *is* heavy, but not that heavy. I certainly won't travel with it - what WILL I travel with??!!- but for class and back it does fit in my old mat bag just fine.
It is sturdy. I don't need extra padding for my knees. It is firm enough that I don't wobble out of balance poses.
All in all I finally shelled out for the best of the best and I am totally over-the-moon thrilled and completely in love with it.