Gaiam, a well-known company in the yoga/healthy-living space, has been successful selling introductory, lower price point products at big box stores like Target. The Gaiam Sol Collection, launched more recently, is Gaiam’s attempt to provide more quality yoga products for discerning yogis. Find out more in my review below:
Gaiam Sol Yoga Mat Review
The Gaiam Sol Uttama premium yoga mat is the most cushioned, plush yoga mat I have ever used. With the Gaiam Sol Uttama mat, there is no need to grab a blanket or other extra padding in poses with your back knee is on the floor. Moreover, despite it’s thickness (8mm), the mat performs well. The 100% recycled rubber surface is very slip-resistant. The overall construction of the Gaiam Sol Uttam yoga mat while comfortable is also sturdy, providing a good, solid platform from which to attempt more difficult balancing postures. This combination of comfort and performance is hard to strike and Gaiam has successfuly done so.
In comparison to other premium yoga mats on the market, the Gaiam Sol Uttama is on the heavier side. At 7 lbs, the Gaiam Sol Uttama mat weighs the same as the popular Manduka Pro Black Mat. Both the Gaiam Sol Uttama and the Manduka Pro Black Mat are 2.5 lbs heavier then the 4.5 lbs Jade Harmony professional yoga mat. As the mat is heavy, we recommend using a carry-strap, which will distribute the weight of the mat more evenly across your body.
Note that as the Gaiam Sol Uttama yoga mat is made of rubber, a word of caution to those sensitive to smells. The rubber odor, overall, with the Gaiam Sol Uttam yoga mat is very minimal even when taken out of the packaging and the smell does decrease with time and use. If you’re hesitant about purchasing the mat because of a potential odor issue (or any other reason for that matter) please note that Gaiam guarantees every product unconditionally and will refund you in full if you are not satisfied for any reason.
With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, what’s to loose? The Gaiam Sol Uttama yoga mat is a great mat that will make you a better yogi.