For the past several weeks, I’ve been having fun test driving this yoga mat, the Jade Harmony. I took this mat to both indoor and outdoor classes and practiced on a variety of surfaces including concrete and hard wood. The classes ranged in style from hot yoga to vinyasa to restorative. Here’s my review!
Sticky Factor / grip
This time of year, the majority of classes I take are outdoor. …and I live in Texas. …and it’s summer. Suffice to say, the mat’s “sticky” factor is an important one! This mat has a nice grippy texture, so I never felt like I was potentially seconds away from an involuntary face plant due to slipping. With that said, I’m (thankfully) not a particularly sweaty person, but I have had some slipping issues on other mats, whereas, knock on wood, I haven’t yet on this one.
This is also a big factor for me. Many higher-quality mats are heavier which is good because they’re sturdier, but for a smaller person like myself, lugging around a heavy mat isn’t the greatest. This mat is about 4 pounds and to-date, hasn’t ever felt overly heavy. In fact, because I do a lot of outdoor yoga, I like that the mat is a little heavier so it doesn’t get blown up by the wind, as I’ve experienced with previous lighter mats.
The mat did have a bit of a smell when I first took it out of the box, but that’s been my experience with most mats. After about a week or so, the only time I could really smell anything was during baby cobra because, well, your nose is literally touch the mat before pushing up.
Another important factor! The majority of the time, I practice on either a wood floor or concrete. For this reason, it’s been important to have a mat with enough padding. With that said, it’s also important to find a mat that’s not TOO thick or else it’s nearly impossible to grip. For me and my practice, the thickness of the Harmony mat, 3/16″, is the Goldilocks of thicknesses.
This was another important factor for me. Jade mats are sustainably made with natural rubbers whereas many other mats are made with materials like PVC and other synthetic materials. I also really like that Jade plants a tree for every mat sold and that Jade mats are made in the USA.
With so many yoga mat options, it can be difficult knowing which to choose. For me, determining the most important features I was looking for in a mat really helped narrow down my options. (Important factors included: comfort, quality, grip, eco-factor, thickness, cost and weight.) I’ve been really happy with this mat thus far and feel confident recommending it to fellow yogis. (:
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I have been provided this product free of charge for review by the company and have not been incentivized for a positive review.