Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Review (February 2021)
So I’m sure we’ve all been there, you bought a yoga mat 5 or 6 years ago and now it feels old so you’re on the lookout for a replacement. Now the yoga mat that we’ve been using is still available to purchase. So do we buy it again or do we make a change? Well today we’re going to be giving the Manduka Pro yoga mat an honest review based on our opinions of it straight out of the box and when we put it through it’s paces. Now a lot has been written about this yoga mat. You can find reviews on Amazon, on a lot of 3rd party websites as well, with commentary, thoughts and opinion as well as just user reviews. However we’ve read articles, reviews and product details as well as tested the product out ourselves to save you the job of hunting down the information yourself.
Not Eco Friendly
In order to produce the Manduka Pro yoga mat there must be some toxic glue or foam used that isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, otherwise there wouldn’t need to be an ‘eko’ range at all. However even if there is more toxic material being used to produce this than some of their other products, because it has a Lifetime Warranty, you wouldn’t have to replace it for the duration of your yoga experience. So even if it’s a little bit more toxic to make, it’s OK because you’re not expecting to throw this away, it’s not going to sit in a landfill somewhere.
The Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Box Opening
So initially you’re presented with very nice ‘Pro’ packaging which is a psychological thing I guess. Whenever you have an option between a “Pro” something versus a something else, you want to go with the Pro. Upon opening the box there’s a little bit of a plastic smell. It’s not too bad, no more than you’d expect from any brand new yoga mat I’d imagine. You hear about off-gassing of these yoga mats so I think we can accept this level of ‘plastic smell’ without issue. No unnecessary plastic wrap or packaging which is always a good thing to see.
The Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Roll Out
First thing you notice is just how thick the Manduka Pro yoga mat really is. It really is an impressive thickness and when rolled out fully offers lots of support for your hands and feet. Something to note is just how good the slip resistance is on this mat. In comparison to the mat I’ve been using for the past couple of years it’s grip to the floor is far superior.
Something worth noting here is that although this particular mat was specified as 26 inches wide, the version we received was slightly wider than that. No complaints I suppose, if it was slightly less than 26 inches perhaps we’d feel cheated but perhaps worth noting that the dimensions might not be absolutely precise.
When you’re using a yoga mat, it’s quite common for you to get moisture on the mat. Whether from a water bottle, the elements (as many practise yoga outside) or simply from your own body sweat, you will be interested to hear about Maduka’s ‘closed cell construction’ technology.
Manduka makes a pretty big point about how it’s ‘closed-cell’ which means water, moisture, and therefore bacteria, wouldn’t be able to get into the foam here – which lends itself to its durability and longevity.
So if you think your yoga mat could be exposed to moisture on a regular basis it may be worth considering a the Manduka Pro yoga mat or at least one of the other Manduka yoga mats available from their range.
Colour or Cash
When writing this review we noticed that depending on the colour of the Manduka Pro yoga mat you chose, the price was substantially different. So if you’ve got a colour in mind then thats great but if you’re not so fussed about the colour and you’d rather save some cash then it’s worth browsing the choices on hand. You might find a nice discount is to be had.