I’ve recently become an affiliate of MANDUKA products mainly because of the company’s great overall philosophy but also the products they sell. Their mats are exceptionally great and Manduka has a fairly wide range to suit any Yogi’s needs. The mats come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. They have a travel “eKO lite” mats that folds instead of the traditional rolling as well as mats that are more suitable for environments like a hot yoga class.
I have a Black Pro mat that is the extra long length, 85 inches x 26 inches, to accommodate my height. It’s certainly not “lite” and weighs in at 9.5 lbs. The standard version of this mat is the same width but 71 inches long (7.5 lbs.). Once set up, this mat offers a space that has great foot grip, even in hot yoga. I’ve even used it as a make shift mattress on an unexpected night of sleep in the back of my SUV. I have a nice Manduka can to carry it in and I might consider getting one of the lighter mats when I’m travelling or wanting a lighter load.
One advantage of this mat is the thickness. At 5mm, it is easy on the knees. I seem to want to step off the mat when in a balancing pose. The floor seems to give a little more stability than standing on a thicker mat – at least for me. The verdict on this Manduka Pro is definitely a thumbs up.