I’ve been practicing on the Manduka Black Mat Pro for a year and a half and love it. Although I own other yoga mats, the Black Mat Pro is my go-to favorite. Learn more in my review Manduka Yoga Mat review below:
Manduka Black Mat PRO Review
The mat is very durable, has great traction, and is luxuriously comfortable on hands and feet. When I practice on the Mankuka Black Mat PRO, I don’t have to worry about mat performance.; the Black Mat Pro does not slip or bunch, but instead, provides great stability in all postures.
Do expect a break-in period with your Black Mat PRO. It took about three months of twice-a-week practice to breakdown the thin, slippery film that comes on new Black Mat Pro products. (Cleaning the mat with warm, salty water and then sun drying does help speed up the initial break-in process.)
Another solid option is the Gaiam Sol Yoga Mat, learn more here.
However, it should be noted that the Manduka Black Mat PRO is heavy and is more difficult to lug around than smaller mats. Secondly, due to it’s size and girth, the Black Mat PRO does not fit in many standard size yoga mat bags. However, I have found a great solution: the Prana Tote Yoga Mat Holder. This holder accommodates any sized mat and is very comfortable on shoulders.
Overall, if you’re looking for a great, long-lasting, high performance yoga mat, it doesn’t get much better than the Manduka Black Mat PRO. With a lifetime warranty, you can also be assured that if anything goes wrong with your sexy black mat you’ll be able to get your money back.
Namaste and happy practicing!