Product: Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
Price Range: $81.00 to $360.00
Best Place to Buy: Manduka (Free shipping* – in the US, above $95 )
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight Range: 7.5 lbs to 9.5 lbs
Guarantee: Lifetime ***
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat – Product Overview
How Manduka PRO Yoga Mat works
The closed cell construction of the Mat prevents dirt and moisture from absorbing into the mat surface, as a result, makes cleaning, a breeze. The cushioning of Manduka PRO is such that when you finger-squeeze it with some pressure, you will feel the resistance. The Mat’s extra long and wider feature enables the yogi to freely move about the mat and stay focussed holding a pose.
My thoughts on Manduka PRO Mat:
With a minor compromise on the heaviness and short term discomfort with the slipperiness, I would bet for the Manduka PRO as it comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you are looking out for a tough, heavy-duty solid and durable mat, then this is the one you’ve got to buy. Though it seems pricey, it works out fairly reasonable in the long run as it lasts really long even with daily usage of practice.
Procedure to break in through the initial slippage (per the manufacturer):
Unroll mat on a flat surface. Sprinkle generously with sea salt. Let it sit for 24 hours. Wipe salt away with a damp cloth and practice for a lifetime.
What others think about Manduka PRO:
People have used it for hot yoga, Bikram yoga, regular yoga, vinyasa yoga and yoga sculpt classes, stored it in variable weathers of Indiana where the temperatures range from -20s to +90s and still find that the mat has held up well. The density of the material is such that it’s hard to imagine reaching the bottom, as you could in the softer mats. One of the customers, who earlier used to use two mats together to get enough padding during practice finds that the Manduka PRO is better than the two stacked up. Those with committed and dedicated practice should think of this as a one-time investment. Another customer who has recently bought the Manduka PRO says that he practices with someone who has been practicing with his Manduka Black mat PRO for 14 years and both their mats look about the same.
- Initial odor (fades quickly)
- Short term Slippery (can be combatted with Manduka Yogitoes towel or Manduka eQua towel and salt-scrub process mentioned above)
- Price (though it looks costly, it’s a pretty good deal considering that it comes with a lifetime guarantee)
I would highly recommend people to consider Manduka PRO as a one-time investment for life. The fact that you will not have to worry about buying another mat for a long time or maybe for a lifetime is good enough a reason to buy this mat. For any question, clarification or to provide review comment (if you have used this product) to help others decide on this product, please post it in the comment box below.
Where to Buy
I’ve done a bit of research on where to buy the Manduka PRO mat and find it to be Manduka as they offer Free shipping* in the US for products over $95. Additionally, Manduka offers Lifetime Guarantee*** for the PRO mats.
* This offer is valid for FedEx Home Delivery and is available for orders shipped within the contiguous United States only. No coupon code needed.
Certain orders are not eligible for free shipping. Exclusions include:
- Alaska, Hawaii, and off-shore U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico
- APO/FPO and PO Box addresses
- International orders
- Wholesale orders
- Any order containing The PRO Squared**
**Any order containing The PRO Squared will have a Flat Rate shipping of $25 when shipping via FedEx Home Delivery.
***Damage resulting from improper handling or care, post-purchase modifications, alterations, negligence, and use for a purpose other than for which it was designed, are not covered by the Manduka Guarantee. The PRO Squared Mat is not included in Lifetime Guarantee
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