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20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Great mat, great cushion Jun 07, 2004
By Melanie Bernstein
The real pleasure of this mat is its dense cushion. I have a bony spine, and I have yet to be uncomfortable in poses on my back (like Happy Baby). As far as stickiness is concerned, it is excellent until you start to break a heavy sweat. I still need a towel at the front of my mat if I'm doing several Sun Salutations in a heated room. A much better value than the expensive famous "black mats." Those are ice skating rinks for me too, but are heavier and cost at least $20 more. It may be that as I continue to use it the surface will become stickier - that's happened with other mats I've had. I'll see!
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
My favorite mat!! Oct 27, 2007
By Raquel Ybanez
When I started yoga I bought a mat I thought was pretty- but it was thin and slippery. After that was a plain mat that was thick, but I sunk into the mat and balancing was really difficult. Then I found this mat.... This mat provides great cushion, but its high density so no sinking in. Its sticky (gets stickier with use) so no slipping. I also like that the mat is light weight. I bought the orange one and I love looking at this color while I practice- for some reason it makes me happy. The only bad thing about this mat is that it smelled horrible for the first couple of weeks. If you can get over the fact that the mat will smell in the beginning you will be rewarded with one of the best mats on the market.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Stinky but great Aug 13, 2009
Not only did I get a Manduka pro mat, but I got this one too. I was still looking for something really sticky, and once I felt the Jade in its wrapper, I was sold. I know, that is a ridiculous way to judge a mat's grip or function, but knowing it was their top of the line, surveying yogis with this mat and their satisfaction, and the little gnome in my head telling me the grass is always greener...I used up a gift certificate and got a second mat.
While not as long as the Manduka, it has turned out to be a bit stickier. I still slip during really hot classes, as I tend to sweat quite heavily. I just always bring a hand towel with me. I like that there is a tree planted with the purchase of the mat. Compared to the "black mat", it is indeed much lighter and rolls up quite small.
I would have given this a full five stars, but the strong rubber smell from its components is almost not worth taking it to yoga, so I am glad I have the Manduka. In fact, the odor is nauseating at times. I have washed the Jade with various soaps, but I guess the only remedy will be time-and fresh air making the odor dissipate (I hope!)
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Heavy! Professional Mar 02, 2012
By Bore Duo
I know it sounds funny to call a yoga mat, "professional." But that is the best term I can think of. I wonder if there is a Sanskrit word for that?
1) Well made mat.
2) It is exactly the dimensions they say.
3) It is surprisingly heavy! It must weigh four times what my old mat does. You will get strong arms carrying this. Definitely NOT a travel mat.
4) Very comfy to use. I don't like "squishy" mats at all. They are hard to balance on. But this mat does not have that problem because it is quite firm.
5) The surface moves a bit from the pressure of fingers and heals. This is very nice because it makes for a VERY sure grip on the top of the mat. Think sort of like sand conforming around your foot.
6) Moisture (yeah - sweat) does not seem to make the mat slippery. My old mat turned from very sticky to very slick-y with sweat. This may be the number one feature.
7) Very easy to roll and unroll -- because it is firm, yet flexible. It pretty much rolls itself.
8) Moves around on the floor. The top sticks to your hands and feet, but the bottom moves all over the place. I am thinking of spraying some rubber cement or something on it. Twisting poses often shift one end of the mat creating a wrinkle in the middle. My old mat glued itself to the floor.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Jade Harmony Yoga mat Apr 12, 2007
I purchased this mat because I was told it is "stickier" than most, i.e, meaning that even with excessive perspiration, one wouldn't slip. The mat is sticky, alright, but I find that halfway through class I am still slipping. However, it seems to be a great mat otherwise - the natural rubber gives it a sturdier, different feel than most other mats I've tried. I like that they plant a tree with each yoga mat purchased.
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