Tuesday 4 February 2014

Manduka Black Mat Pro - A Review

Black Mat Pro

I have owned a number of workout mats over the years, and up until now my favourites were either by Gaiam or from Beachbody. I currently have 6 mats in the house from 4 different manufactures. When I asked for a $100 exercise mat for Christmas my wife thought I was a little nuts. But since I have spent over 150 hours practising exercise in the last 6 months I felt it was worth the investment. From all that I had heard the Manduka was the best of the best. I must admit I had very high expectations when I got this mat and it has exceeded them all. Diamond Dallas Page the creator of DDP only uses these mats and after using one for more than a month now I can see why.

On the Manduka site the specifications for this Mat are:

  • 7.0 lbs; 71" long; 26" wide; 1/4" thick
  • 9.0 lbs; 85" long; 26" wide; 1/4" thick
  • Zero-waste, sustainable exercise mat
  • Backed by a Lifetime Guarantee
  • Superior wear and longevity
  • Comfortably cushions spine, hips, knees, and elbows on hard floors
  • Slip resistant, yet non-sticky, even when wet from light perspiration
  • Provides stability on hard or soft surfaces
  • Oeko-Tex certified, emissions-free manufacturing
  • 100% latex free, and safe to use for people with latex sensitivities

I had originally asked for the Pro Lite but received the Pro, I was glad for this mix up. I was concerned about constantly carrying around the extra weight but the comfort more than makes up for it. My wife who wondered at spending $100 on a exercise mat, now complains when I take it to work for classes there, because it means it will not be at home for her to use. My only regret now is that I did not get the longer one, but maybe I will and pass mine on to my wife. I once heard Arthur Boorman asked in an interview if the Manduka was worth the price, he stated it was so good his son has asked that it be left to him in his will. I have also head others say you can pry the mat from my cold dead hands.  It is the best dam mat on the planet!

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