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Gaiam Sol Premium-Grip Yoga Mat (8mm)

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  • Thickest mat available (8mm) for superior cushioning
  • Structured core prevents bunching or stretching
  • Fabric-like surface for stability and grip. Internal scrim ensures no bunching, stretching, or halo-ing.
  • Made from 100% natural rubber, a sustainable resource
  • Part of the Gaiam Sol line of professional-quality mats with lifetime guarantee
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UTTAMA = EXCELLENCE

The Union of Softness and Strength - For this, the ultimate goal of yoga, the Uttama Premium Mat provides the ideal foundation. This luxurious mat provides the highest level of cushioning available on the market, without sacrificing an ounce of performance. Made of thick 100% natural rubber with a structured core for balanced resilience, and a fabric-like surface for unmatched stability and grip. Uttama (pronounced oo-ta'-ma) is Sanskrit for excellence, and our Uttama Premium mat provides the ultimate foundation for your journey to excellence. The Uttama Premium mat is part of our Gaiam Sol line, developed for the technical demands of advanced yoga practitioners.

Step Up to the Next Level of Yoga

Introducing Gaiam Sol – a professional line of yoga mats for the technical demands of advanced yoga practitioners. These mats were designed by yogis, for yogis, with attention to responsibly sourced materials, mindful design and quality construction. You’ll feel the difference immediately. Extraordinary slip-resistance, superior cushioning and excellent traction let you stand out in the studio or energize your home practice without sacrificing performance. These are the highest quality yoga mats Gaiam has to offer, which is why we back all registered mats with a Lifetime Guarantee (visit www.gaiam.com/matguarantee for more details). Step up to the next level of yoga - Gaiam Sol. Brilliant performance.

About Gaiam

Gaiam was created as a lifestyle company with the vision that, given a choice, people would choose a lifestyle that is healthy and life enhancing, for themselves, their families and the Earth. The Gaiam lifestyle is a vote for individual health as well as the future sustainability of the Earth's resources. Gaiam strives to provide customers with alternatives to traditional products by offering natural, or healthy versions that compare with the style, quality and price of conventional products. Gaiam's goal is to become the trusted source and unifying brand for Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) participants. They understand that the opportunity to affect people's lives with information and products is both a privilege and a responsibility. Gaiam believes in the concept of Conscious Commerce, the practice of making purchasing decisions based on personal values and beliefs. It takes into consideration all the aspects of our lives and the impact we have upon the planet. Research indicates this concept appeals to approximately 50 million people in the U.S. alone. Gaiam's strategy in delivering the distinctive quality for which they are known is to partner with experts in health/wellness, eco-living and personal development to develop proprietary products that meet our customers' needs with meaningful solutions. The name GAIAM is a fusion of the words Gaia (the name of Mother Earth from the Minoan civilization in ancient Crete), and I am reminds us that we are all interconnected with the Earth, the air and water, and very much a part of this living system that sustains us all.

Features and Specifications

  • Made from 100% natural rubber, a sustainable resource
  • Thickest mat available (8mm) for superior cushioning
  • Fabric-like surface for stability and grip - Internal scrim ensures no bunching, stretching, or halo-ing
  • Part of the Gaiam Sol line of professional-quality mats with Lifetime Guarantee
  • Uttama = Excellence

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 68 x 4 x 24 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: USA
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B005BP0VVW
  • Item model number: 05-58432
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,054 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

I feel both stable and comfortable.
Sarah C.
All in all, so far, this has been my favorite yoga mat that I have bought!
Amazon Customer
The studio provided the mats, blocks, bolsters, straps etc.
Suzanne O'Brien

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sarah C. on March 27, 2012
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I finally ruined my old yoga mat by storing near a radiator and I am so happy I did. The cushion and support on this mat are unbelievable. I feel both stable and comfortable. It's funny how using it has made me realize how much energy and focus I tend to spend on keeping my hands/feet from slipping. My body feels better doing simple poses, which makes me feel more ready for more difficult ones (head/hand stands!!!!!). I thought the 8mm might have been too cushy, but the thick sturdiness of the rubber keeps it from being mushy and sink-y, which I've found can make things less stable and lead to straining. Yes, the mat smells like what it's made of...rubber. And so far, after using it, my hands smell like rubber-bands. If that changes, I will update this review. I've decided, though, to focus on how this is a natural smell. I feel much better about learning to appreciate the smell of natural rubber rather than using an odorless mat made with vinyl that endangers workers, neighborhoods and the environment. I would totally buy this/recommend this mat. If you've never treated yourself to a really high quality mat, do it! I'm so very pleased I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monday on June 27, 2012
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I had been searching for a mat that has good cushioning (6mm or thicker) but I refused to buy one made of PVC, even if the manufacturing process is certified to be emissions-free. I am so glad I found this mat! It is thick but doesn't make me wobbly in balancing poses and is truly non-slip. And to top it all off, it has a lifetime guarantee!

UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2012): Down from 5 stars to 4.
If you look closely at the surface of the mat, it has really tiny rectangles. Some of these have come off in parts where my feet land in chaturanga. And when one rectangle comes off, it is much easier for the neighboring one to be dislodged as well. Gaiam's lifetime guarantee doesn't cover normal wear and tear. I'm not complaining, just saying, because the lifetime guarantee of another company that shall not be named DOES cover normal wear and tear. So now I'll resort to using a yoga rug for seated poses.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim N on September 14, 2012
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This is a good mat for someone looking for extra cushion for their home practice. HOWEVER, I found it a little TOO sticky -- if that's possible. It's also so big, heavy, and sticky that it's really hard to pack, transport, and unpack to take to class. It also stains really easily. I now have a Jade mat that I take to all my classes. (LOVE it.) I still use my Gaiam Sol as my home mat (BUT, if it was an option, I would exchange it for another Jade mat in a heartbeat.) I would not recommend this mat to anyone. I'd go straight to the Jade mats if I were you. :)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kathryn budig on September 14, 2011
I spend half my life on a yoga mat and this mat is my new favorite by far. Wonderful cushioning, eco-friendly and easy to lug around. Very resilient and really enjoying the calm green hue. Absolutely fantastic mat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne O'Brien on September 5, 2012
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I started my yoga journey this August, 2012. I joined a new studio for unlimited classes for the month. The studio provided the mats, blocks, bolsters, straps etc. I quickly realized during my first class that my knees were in a lot of pain. I knew that I needed more padding under my knees in order to continue. I resorted to using a garden knee pad cushion that I purchased and never used it for that purpose. It helped, but it got in the way and I had to constantly move it. I decided to continue on my journey and purchased this mat. I used it for the first time tonight. My knees didn't hurt! I did find that my hands slipped a bit since it was an intense class. Overall, I LOVE my new mat! It is worth spending the extra money for comfort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2012
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I have been searching everywhere for the perfect yoga mat and I think I finally found it. First, the thickness of this one is fantastic. Other yoga mats that I have used resulted in knee pain in certain poses- this one has completely fixed that problem. This thickness does result in the mat being quite a bit heavier and harder to pack up tight so be prepared if you are planning on using this as a mat that you bring to classes. I use it primarily for home practice and for that it's fantastic! The other great thing about this mat is that it is not slippery at all. Other thick mats often get slippery as your sweat increases- this one is made of a different kind of material so that doesn't happen. It also does not slip on hardwood floors when doing a lot of poses. All in all, so far, this has been my favorite yoga mat that I have bought!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guinniewood on January 23, 2012
I purchased this mat for my mother who, like me, complains of the pressure on her spine doing yoga and core strength. She loves it and I am always trying to steal it. It is the most comfortable mat I have ever used and I don't slip on it at all. The only negative is the ridiculous price they have gone up to (I got it on sale.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pal on January 28, 2014
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It's a good, somewhat sticky thick mat, and that was what I was looking for. The problem is that I miss the quilted, squishness of my old mat. The surface of this mat is a bit rough. I can see that it will wear on my yoga pants(friction). Otherwise, like I said, the grip and thickness are pretty good.
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