Despite arriving on a hot day, my mat came out normal as opposed to some reviewers'. After years of dripping paint and glue on my desk, finally I've decided to buy a hobby mat and I quite like this one. I've also tested the "self-healing" effect and it works to certain extend.
If I have to nitpick then the printed text on the mat is not as crisp as I thought but this is hardly a concern personally.
Overall I like this mat and would recommend it. This is my first mat so I don't know how it is comparable to cheaper mats.