I did a very thorough review online and settled on this mat (bought the Sundial Layers,6mm) for my Bikram Yoga practice. I had been using a no-brand mat for 3 years and it was time for an upgrade.
I was aware of the ‘strong smell’ reported by others, I didn’t notice it as much, but left it out to air for a few hours before using.
It was nice and sticky during yoga. It got a little slippery when my feet got wet by the time I got to the Triangle Pose, but worked well for everything else. I might give it a wipe down (?with vinegar) as suggested by the other reviews if this continues.
Colour and pattern is what I expected. Mat is soft and supportive for knees. However, was a bit slippery when I did downward facing dog pose. Maybe due to I didn't wipe down the mat with water before I started using it.