Gaiam Yoga Mat - Premium 5mm Dry-Grip Thick Non Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat for Hot Yoga, Pilates & Floor Workouts (68" or 78"L x 24" or 26"W x 5mm)
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- EXTRA THICK YOGA MAT: Lightweight PVC backing, durable and extra-thick for additional cushioning
- CLOSED CELL CONSTRUCTION: Mat works to seal out germs, odor and bacteria. YOGA MAT: 68-Inch x 24-inch x 5mm Thick
- GREAT FOR HOT YOGA: Stay-dry top coat wicks away moisture for ultimate grip. Recommend storing your mat in a mat bag when not in use
- GREAT FOR HOT YOGA: Thick yoga mat provides a better grip the hotter you get - mat develops a stickiness when damp
- The mat may fade and become brittle and unusable if exposed to the sun for extended periods of time
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At Gaiam, we salute those who make the practice of yoga a part of their daily lives. The products in our premium line, Gaiam Sol, were designed by yogi’s for yogi’s with special attention to responsibly sourced materials, rigorous testing, fine detail and quality construction. Understanding that everyone has their own 'perfect' mat, we designed a collection of mats that have incredible grip, yet with different formulations, thicknesses and densities and our Gaiam Sol accessories round out your practice with thoughtful design and quality performance. Step up to the next level of yoga – Gaiam Sol.
Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat (5mm)
Like to practice your yoga hot?
Gaiam Sol's Dry-Grip Yoga Mat (5 millimeter) ensures you stay secure and slip-free. Constructed from a PVC material, this mat seals out germs, odor, and bacteria, and is ideal for those with latex sensitivities.
Mat is created with a topcoat that promises to wick away moisture and provide better grip as temperatures in class rise. With 5mm of cushioning, it’s soft on your joints and it's manufactured free of the top six most harmful phthalates; a healthy choice for both you and the planet.
- Lightweight, durable and extra-thick for additional cushioning.
- PVC material seals out germs, odor and bacteria.
- Top coat of mat wicks away moisture and actually provides better grip the hotter you get.
- Black is available in two lengths (68-Inch or 78-Inch).
Like to Practice Your Yoga Hot?
Gaiam Sol's Dry-Grip Yoga Mat ensures you stay secure and slip-free.
Top Coat Wicks Away Moisture
Mat is created with a topcoat that promises to wick away moisture and provide better grip as temperatures in class rise.
Seals Out Germs, Odor and Bacteria
Constructed from a unique PVC material, this mat seals out germs, odor, and bacteria, and is ideal for those with latex sensitivities.
Cushion with Conscious
With 5 millimeter of cushioning, it’s soft on your joints and it's manufactured free of the top six most harmful phthalates; a healthy choice for both you and the planet.
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A couple of very, very small cons
Since the mat is very grippy, it is a little more difficult to do sweeping motions such as when I am transitioning to plank. Also, this mat seems to hold onto heat very well and it is uncomfortably warm against my bare skin during Bikram yoga. Although this mat is still very grippy without a towel, I do prefer to use one during Bikram.
Since the mat seems to work by absorbing sweat, I was a little worried about how hygienic it is. After class, I lay my mat down and wipe it down with a half-water, half-vinegar solution and air dry. This seems to do the trick. The mat feels clean, never has a funky odor and its stickiness is preserved.
A comparison with other mats I have used
- I have used mid-range Gaiam mats before (the kind you can find at any generic department store) and the Sol Dry-Grip is simply denser grippier and more elegant than any of them.
- Manduka Black Mat Pro. The Sol Dry-Grip and the Manduka have similar density and cushioning but I still slipped on the Manduka. The Sol Dry-Grip is also not as heavy as the Manduka.
- Jade Harmony. I still crept a little forward during Down Dog on the Jade Harmony. On top of that, the typical Jade Harmony mats were also too thin for my liking. The Jade's natural rubber smell was also pretty overwhelming for me. The Sol Dry-Grip is so much better in terms of grip and cushioning.
- Lululemon The Mat. I have only tried a classmate's Lululemon out briefly. Never owned one. The Mat and the Sol Dry-Grip seem to have the same coating that makes them super grippy. If Gaiam did not make this mat, I probably would own a Lululemon. However, I vastly prefer the very pretty design on the Gaiam!
UPDATE: I have had this mat for over a year and I am still very much in love with it. After using it 3-4x/week, the only signs of wear it is showing are some creases from when I carelessly folded it up when I was in a hurry. The mat is showing no signs of peeling, flaking, separating or discoloration. No odor retention either! It is just as sticky, absorbent yet quick drying as it was when I first got it. The only reasons why I would buy another mat is if 1. this one kicks the bucket and 2. if Gaiam made the same mat in pink. (Hint, hint, Gaiam company :) )
Update: I have had this yoga mat for 2 years now!!! I went through TWO yoga teacher trainings using this every day for hours, and often allowing other students to use it. I practice on it every single day. I do restorative yoga, drip-heavy heated power yoga and Bikram, as well as occasionally an outdoor class. It remains immaculate, as though I bought it yesterday! I cannot say enough good things about this mat. I clean it with JUST WATER and I think this is why it has retained its beauty. Occasionally, like every few weeks, I will clean it with either dish soap, vinegar, lemon juice-dilutred water with a drop of tea tree oil. Not consistent, just whatever is around. Usually it's water and let hang dry outside. It does not smell (I am a medium-sweater, not a huge dripper but not just a glower). I wish my yoga studio carried this mat, I think I am going to recommend that they do. I don't use it during my teaching only because I feel like I cannot "sell" it up, since we don't carry it. But if we carried it, I would tell every student to buy it. Especially that student who face-planted on her lulu mat. The surface is only slightly worn - it's almost as new looking as the day I bought it. It's a beautiful mat. It's thick and comfortable for those with knee issues, it has not matted down much at all - maybe just slightly after two years & only recently. I think I'll get it in purple next!
UPDATE: Year 3 almost to the day. I am finally beginning to see wearing on my beautiful mat. I've been practicing at home regularly & just did a third yoga teacher training. I am starting to notice it wearing down at the top middle & top bottom of my mat. I think it's time for a replacement, but I'll never throw this one away. They'll have to bury it with me.
UPDATE: It's STILL my favorite mat after 5 years. It is showing some love wear on the surface but it's not peeling, and i can see some of the threads around the top and bottom of the mat that are starting to be exposed. I kind of want to buy another identical mat but I kind of want this one to last forever and it's still 100% functional. Part of me wants another just to test how much better (or not) a brand new one is because I think this MUST have lost some of its cushioning. Right? Well, it is like the tarot deck I've had for 25 years, I could buy a new one but the old has become an extension of me, one of my favorite possessions in its perfection as it is not new but still exactly perfect.
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Edit: After one year the weird patches on my mat that looked always wet (but weren't) started flaking and became slippery, making down dog dangerous. I contacted Gaiam and once I sent them a picture of the damage they honoured the lifetime guarantee and sent me a new mat. I am very happy and will get a better bag to keep this one out of the rain!
Edit: Three years after my original purchase the replacement mat I was sent began to bubble in the middle between layers and where my hands and feet land became discoloured and now flake off. I am not going to bother seeking another replacement, just going to try a different mat. This one is thick and grippy to begin with but doesn't stand up over time.
Pero no lo regresé porque sino fuera porque se raya y se le está borrando el dibujo, es un tapete increíble si te Sudan las manos, no se resbala en absoluto, es ligero y tiene un acolchado perfecto que es a la vez firme y suave.
The design on it looks great. Unfortunately, after only a few weeks of use, it’s starting to rub off. Usually it transfers to my feet when I rub om it as I switch posses. So far that’s my only negative.