I take a Pilates class twice a week at my gym and I do yoga once a week at home. I have been using this yoga mat for about two weeks now and I have to say overall I like it.
I decided to purchase one because the mats at the Pilates studio are a bit worn out and not as clean as they should be. What a world of difference with the GoYoga Mat. The first thing I noticed was the cushioning which for mei makes exercise a lot more bearable. The material is so dense, I don’t think or feel the hard wooden floor when I am rocking out the exercise. I just wanted something with enough cushioning to pad my bones on a hard surface. First mission accomplished!
One side is completely smooth and the other is slightly corrugated. I assumed smooth was for the floor side, and I used it that way. As for slipping, I had no problems t at all! I have laminate floors and the mat stuck like glue..
The size is also good. 71″ long and 24″ wide ensures comfort for people of all shapes and sizes.
The straps that hold the rolled up mat makes for easy storage and portability. The carrying straps are simple, but they work. Straps are fully detachable and easy to adjust with velcro straps. I like to roll it inside-out to keep it flat during class.
However, there’s one thing about this mat that could bother you a little – it squeaks a bit when I move around on it. If you were in a quiet room with everyone doing yoga and your mat is the only one that squeaks, it could feel a little awkward. I might be nitpicking but I noticed it so thought it was worth mentioning. However, since I’m doing yoga at home, it’s not a big deal for me.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it could be challenging to keep the balance in some yoga poses on a mat that has this much cushioning. It makes it really difficult for me to stand on one leg. On the other hand, if comfort is your priority, this is the mat you should get for yourself, I researched this mat before buying it and some reviews mentioned it immediately starts to disintegrate. I have noticed a couple of strands of rubber come off as I unroll it, but it doesn’t seem different from the wear and tear suffered from other yoga mats. I also see that others have had issues with tears. I can see where that could happen as the foam is soft. It is, in fact, softer than I expected for something labelled high density. However, since every other pad, I saw in stores was only a 1/4″ thick for the same price, I am very happy with it so far. Just be sure your floor and shoes are clear of any grit.
If you’ve been wondering about the smell: yes, it smells a little bit but nothing beyond what a latex pillow might be like.. I only noticed it today when I had my face down on it, so it’s not strong at all. Overall, I think the mat is worth the price. It won’t last forever but it should give you a comfortable and solid space for your workout.
Check out the yoga mat here.