Price: A Serious Investment For A Serious Mat
The Taj Mahal of yoga mats isnt going to come cheap. At around $120, this mat is a pretty serious investment in your yoga practice. Its dense, very well-made, and guaranteed to last a lifetime.
But if you arent prepared to put the time into working with it and breaking it in, you arent going to get a great return on your investment. The casual yogi, or even a semi-pro with sweatier hands, is just going to get frustrated with all the sliding around.
Comfort: Thick Stable And Super Dense
What the Manduka PRO lacks in traction right out of the gate, it makes up for in high-density, comfortable support. Of all the mats I reviewed, the PRO had the highest stability-to-comfort ratio, overall. The 6 millimeters of padding cushioned without compressing, so it was great for poses that typically put a lot of pressure on the elbows and knees. I also felt very secure in standing poses that didnt use oppositional force, like dancer and eagle pose.
What the Manduka PRO lacks in traction right out of the gate, it makes up for in high-density, comfortable support.
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Ease Of Cleaning: Wipe But Dont Get Wet
The closed-cell construction keeps the mat from taking on moisture and bacteria, but youll still need to clean the mat oftenideally after every use. Manduka recommends that you spray the mat with a yoga wash after practice, wipe it with a damp cloth, and allow it to air dry before rolling it back up. Soaking, submerging, or even showering the PRO may damage it and void the lifetime warranty, so remember to bring your mat in from the porch if the clouds roll in.
Portability: Its No Lightweight
Lugging around the 71-inch mat all day made me glad I hadnt gone for the 85-inch version. Really. At 7.5 pounds of firm, 6-millimeters-thick PVC, the 71-inch mat begs to be stored at a studio, used at home, or at the very least chauffeured around in a car. And the 85-inch mat is 2 pounds heavier!
Lugging around the 71-inch mat all day made me glad I hadnt gone for the 85-inch version.
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Manduka Black Mat Pro Yoga Package Graphite 71 Inch Mat
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- This kit feature Black Mat PRO 71-Inch
- The Large MatSak is made of a durable cotton canvas material
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- MatSak carry bag made of a durable cotton canvas material with recycled pet mesh detailing
- Includes breathable yoga mat and damp article compartments, full-length zipper, padded shoulder strap
- Ensure the mats are tightly rolled so that they can easily fit into the MatSak.
Durability: Good For A Lifetime
Designed and guaranteed to last a lifetime, I give the PRO highest marks for durability. Its guaranteed not to flake, fade, or peel with time, normal use, normal abuse, and regular salt rubs. When youre instructed to beat something up before use, its a pretty sure sign that its not going to fall apart quickly. My friend whos taught yoga on this mat for years says hers still looks and performs like new.
A word about using PVC in yoga mats: PVC doesnt biodegrade in landfills, and it can be notoriously difficult, and even ecologically harmful, to recycle. Though PVC isnt an ideal earth-friendly material, by building a mat to last a lifetime, Manduka aims to reduce overall consumption and waste. There are certainly more earth-friendly materials you can make yoga mats from, such as sustainably sourced rubber or cork, but they arent usually as durable.
Its also worth noting that this mat is latex-free and OEKO-TEX-certified, meaning it contains no harmful chemicals.
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An ultra-dense and spacious performance yoga mat that has unmatched comfort and cushioning. The PRO® will never wear out, guaranteed. Standard: 3.4 kg 180 cm x 66 cm 6 mm thick Extra long: 4.0 kg 215 cm x 66 cm 6 mm thick
Manduka Pro Yoga Mat Premium 6mm Thick Mat High Performance Grip Ultra Dense Cushioning For Support And Stability In Yoga Pilates Gym And Any General Fitness
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- High-density cushion with joint protection and unmatched support
- Closed-cell surface prevents sweat from seeping into the mat
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About the Manduka Black Mat PRO
This particular mat is a best-seller, although Manduka also produces thinner mats, travel mats and various yoga accessories. Many yoga studios sell Manduka products, and they can be purchased online.
Additionally, the Black Mat PRO has unmatched cushion and quality again that was a huge selling point for me I was hard-pressed to find any other yoga mat this thick and supportive! The Manduka PRO is 6mm thick. The Black Mat PRO celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017 so that means this mat has held true over the test of time for many yogas and remains incredibly popular since its introduction in 1997.
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When I purchased this yoga mat, another big selling point was its size. It is larger than average yoga mats. Now Im a petite person but the idea of having a little more space sounded great. Today you can buy the Manduka Black Mat PRO in the standard 71-inch length or the tall length of 85-inches.
The Manduka Black Mat PRO features performance grip texture, a non-slip texture basically to help you grip the mat and hold each pose. In addition it features closed-cell construction which means its difficult for bacterial to enter or build up in the mat and it makes cleaning the mat really easy.
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Competition: Manduka Pro Vs Manduka Grp
Manduka GRP Yoga Mat: Addressing my primary gripe with the PRO mat, the GRP mat from Manduka is designed with a good, immediate grip in mind. It has an upper layer that provides anti-slip control, particularly in sweaty conditions, and a lower charcoal-infused rubber layer that breathes, absorbs, and eliminates odors. The tradeoff for grip is durability, thoughthe GRP isnt included in Mandukas lifetime warranty.
Buy it if youre ready to work.
The Manduka PRO Yoga Mat, like yoga itself, is an exercise in patience and a labor of love. Its definitely not for everyone, but if youre willing to put in the time and effort to break it in, the PRO may be the last yoga mat you ever buyand thats definitely worth a $120 price tag.
Our Analysis And Test Results
The Manduka PRO mat is made of polyester and PVC , a plastic polymer. While there are more “eco” materials used to make biodegradable mats, like natural rubber, PER or TPE , Manduka considers this line of mats to be an “environmentally conscious choice,” as the PVC is eco-certified as zero-waste, and they design their mats for durability. They also say that their mats “rarely end up in landfills like inexpensive sticky mats,” though we’re not sure we would attest to that. This mat weighs a whopping 7 lbs 13 oz and measures 71″ long by 26″ wide and 6mm thick. While this mat didn’t receive a very high overall score, due to the traction issues and lack of portability, it did still stand out for its great comfort and stability.
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Manduka Black Mat Pro Review
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A yoga mat that lasts seven years is worth writing about. Back in 2012 I was looking for a new yoga mat, specifically a thick yoga mat that would be gentle on my knees and joints. In this Manduka Black Mat PRO review Ill share why a $100 yoga mat is completely worth the investment.
Prior to owning the Manduka Black Mat PRO, I had heard of the mat through other bloggers and from seeing other yogis practice using this mat at the studio. I knew that if I were going to upgrade soon it would be this mat. I had heard rave reviews about this mat, and even heard the Manduka Black Mat PRO described as the best yoga mat out there, even with a lifetime guarantee to back it up.