Manduka premium yoga mats have an intensely loyal following and a reputation for performance and durability. But is the top of the line Manduka Black Mat PRO worth the price tag?
Your Last Yoga Mat
How long does it take you to wear out a yoga mat? If you have an active practice, you could easily wear through an average mat in a year, if not sooner. The longest-wearing mat on the market has got to be the Manduka Black Mat PRO. Not only does this mat last an exceptionally long time, it is comes with a lifetime guarantee. Manduka will replace your mat if it gives up the ghost due to normal wear and tear. So, basically, this is the last mat you will ever have to buy.
Many people have concerns about mats made from PVC. The Black Mat is a PVC mat, but since it is designed to last a lifetime, you don't have to worry about filling up landfills with your discarded mats. Manduka also takes care to manufacture their mats in an ecologically responsible manner. The Black Mat is made of a thick, dense foam making it more comfortable than your typical PVC mat, but also substantially heavier.
Wearing It In
It can take up to a month of regular use to wear in your Black Mat. The mat may be slippery at first, but eventually it will provide excellent traction.
Is the Black Mat for You?
I wouldn't recommend the Black Mat to city folk who have to carry their mats around town because of its weight. Manduka does make a lighter-weight version, called the PROlite, that also comes with a lifetime guarantee. Those with an aversion to PVC will want to check out Manduka's eKO line
, made of natural rubber. But if you are tired of running through mats that are essentially disposable, it may be time to step up to a Manduka PRO.
To see how the Manduka PRO stacked up against four other top yoga mats, check out the ultimate yoga mat comparison chart.
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