I absolutely love this mat! I had been doing yoga for about two years on my "beginners" mat and was having real issues with my hands getting sweaty and sliding. I finally decided it was time to invest in a better mat and talked with my yoga teacher. She let me try several mats at the studio to see how they worked. While they were better, I still found myself slipping a bit even on those. She then recommended I try her mat and I fell in love . She used this mat and I can see why.
It's heavy so it doesn't slide around on the floor, it's cushioned so my knees are happy, and (best of all) I can do poses with sweaty palms without sliding. The only drawback at all is the mat is sticky enough that when swinging my leg to the front of the mat while in any downward position, I absolutely have to lift it - any dragging of the leg and the mat causes resistance. It actually encourages better yoga, but some days I'm not capable of a clean movement and have to come down on a knee and then swing the other leg forward.
It did have a rubbery odor for the first few times I used it but that has totally gone away now and I am 100% pleased.
I was taking a class from the owner of the yoga studio a couple of weeks ago and she did a double take when she was working with me -- looked at what type it was and made the comment that it is a really excellent mat.
This teacher’s favorite features a natural, nonslip surface that brings a more connected feeling to your practice. Each side of this mat provides a different grippy texture, making it excellent for any practice that's enhanced by grip or cushion. You will enjoy this versatile, high-performing surface for years to come!