So the next mat I’d like to talk about is the Manduka eKO Superlite Yoga and Pilates Travel Mat. I’ve started using this mat a few years ago when I was about to travel to Portugal and I couldn’t take my wide yoga mat. Of course it didn’t fit into my luggage…
On The Go
So this mat is a travel mat, which it already says in its name. I’m trying not to write reviews as you’d normally read on any other website, but it’s my purpose to look for the mat that suits you best. And this I do by talking about my own experience and my own thoughts about the products. I’m not gonna go too deep into the specifications of it as you can just look at those when you click on the image below.
I have this mat for about two or three years now and I have to say that I really like it. As you can see on the picture it’s foldable, which a lot of mats don’t do. This makes it a perfect fit for your suitcase. When I brought it to Portugal I didn’t even notice it at all. It’s very light, which makes it even easy to carry in your hand luggage if you have a bigger bag. So for all the travelers out there I’d really recommend this one.
I already listed the pro’s a little on the previous paragraph, it’s light, it’s thin and it’s foldable. Even if you decided that you want to travel lightly this mat just fits perfectly into that lifestyle. For your yoga practice it’s also quite nice, the fabric prevents you from slipping off the mat, which can happen if you’re in a steaming hot country where you’re sweating a lot.
I didn’t want to call this paragraph My Con’s as I realize that my con could be your pro, maybe. What I didn’t like so much about the mat is that it wrinkles a bit when you fold it, and it doesn’t look really nice. That’s of course not a problem for your yoga practice, it’s just something aesthetic. Besides that, I have weak knees, and because of the ultra thinness of the mat it could be quite painful regarding what surface you’re using it on. However, it’s perfect again if you’re doing yoga on a grass field or on the beach as you won’t have a lot of balance there, and having a thicker mat will even make it worse. So for beach people, go for it I would say ;)! Another thing about this mat, and it’s basically not a pro nor a con, just a little warning. Most of the time I just let my mat be outside so that whenever I come outside I could jump on the mat and do my yoga practice, and very often I couldn’t find my mat anymore because it got blown away by the wind :D! But as I said, that’s completely my fault for letting it stay outside.
So basically I would recommend this mat to traveler’s, people who don’t want to carry their mat in an over sized bag, or people who love to do their practice on the beach or other soft surfaces. I still like to use this mat and even after two years it still looks pretty neat I have to say. It might be a bit weird in the beginning as the mat is really thin and that makes it a bit different to hold than any other mat I’ve had so far, but the material is amazing and it really sticks well on the floor, so there will be no slippery accidents when you are doing your practice. If you want to look into this mat, click on the image above to see its specifications. And FYI, it comes in maaaaany colors ;)!
That’s it for now,
Nama-stay wonderful everyone!