Heavy & Smelly for a bit, but great mat!

Verified Buyer Reviewed by A from Boston, MA on Thursday, May 7, 2015
I ordered this to replace my 10-year old Jade yoga mat which was also a natural rubber mat.

For comparison, this mat is 3" longer than the regular length Jade mat, it is thicker rubber, and heavier by a few pounds.

Yes, as many other reviewers noted, it stinks like rubber when you first open it up. Give it a few days of airing out (not in the sun, as the UV degrades the rubber), and they maybe use a damp towel to wipe it down.

Positives: Price: at just over $40 after coupons, this was a fantastic deal! The top side is super grippy,even when things get sweaty. My hands and feet always felt planted, and the extra 1-2 mm of mat thickness is great compared to Jade mat. I'm about 5'10" and the length of this mat is perfect. The usual yoga mats always felt a little short by just a few inches. The texture on the top of the mat is interesting and it seems to help with grip. Wiping it down after a sweaty class is easier than my older Jade yoga mat as this one doesn't seem to absorb the sweat quite as much and appears to just wipe away.

Negatives: Smelly for a week or so. Added thickness means that it barely fits in my old yoga bag due to thickness. When things get a little sweaty, an occasional "fart" sound might be heard from the mat when your skin rubs against the rubber mat (nothing that a little background music can't cover up).

Quick Summary: If you can get over the stink and you don't mind the mat being a bit on the heavy side, you'll love it.
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