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Clearing up the confusion on Treadsolid (14GS) and Treadmat (11GS)
on December 13, 2010
I don't actually have this item so can't review it personally, but I thought I'd try to clear up some of the confusion regarding the two different types of Supermats that come in the 3'x6.5' size. Apparently there is a Treadmat (model 11GS) that is cheaper but THICKER. The Treadsolid (model 14GS) is more expensive but THINNER. But here, thickness is misleading because of the type of material used. For those of you who ordered the Treadsolid and received a mat with 1/8" thickness, that seems to be the correct thickness because this is a solid PVC vinyl mat, rather than a foam mat (which is used in the cheaper yet thicker 11GS).
Here is a helpful explanation/review I found online while researching these mats:
"Review of the Supermats Various Mats
The 14GS Supermat, 15GS Supermat, 27GS Supermat and 29GS Supermat Equipment mats have a thickness of 1/8" and are made of solid vinyl. Many of the other mats on the market are thicker (usually 1/4") - including the SuperMats styles 10GS Supermat, 11GS Supermat, 12GS Supermat and 30GS Supermat - but are foam vinyl. Foam vinyl flooring mats are half the material and half the weight because the are made with a blowing agent which adds the air and makes them foam. These foam vinyl mats are great for mats that are not going to be used with heavy traffic or equipment."
"However, if you need a mat that will take abuse (i.e. the continuous pounding and side to side and front to back stress of a treadmill) with out ripping the mat the 1/8" solid mats are the equipment mat of choice. For the few bucks more you get twice the mat."