After searching for specifically
for mats with the most grip-like surface, these 3 high-end mats were repeatedly at the top of the results. I tested all 3.
Liforme vs. Jade vs. Manduka
After searching the internet for Yoga mats with the best grip, and finding Jade Harmony, Manduka Eko and Liforme continually at the top, I put all 3 to the test.
First I decided to try out Jade Harmony, for around $80 on Amazon. It is definitely a quality mat, made out of natural kauchuk rubber. But for a mat claiming to be very grippy, I wasn’t impressed. I found even in a simple down dog, my hands would slide forward.
Then I bought a Manduka Eko mat for about the same price from Manduka direct (back then they weren’t on Amazon). Again, a quality mat made from natural kauchuk fused together with a non-slip surface layer, similar to Liforme. I find Maduka Eko’s grip to be comparable to Jade Harmony and well, expect a little more.
And finally, I reached deep into my pockets and acquired the Liforme Yoga mat, including carrying bag for almost $150.
The surface is undescribably gripping. The upper surface of the mat, printed with geometric aids for correct placement in various asanas, is fused to the natural kauchuk backing. Liforme claims, that this mat, when disposed of, biodegrades in 5 years.
No name mats are mostly produced from PVC and these will basically never biodegrade. The surface is very grippy which does have its disadvantages, like when you want to slide across the mat. In general, things tend more so to stick to this mat than any other mat I’ve tried. A Liforme mat needs to be wiped down with a damp cloth more often than other mats. I think it’s worth it though.
I know, I know, to be perfectly fair, we should buy mats from Jade and Manduka in the same price range and then compare. If any of you have experience with that, I’d really like to hear if there is a super grippy mat from Jade or Manduka.
And now onto the technical details.
|Liforme||72 ¼ inches||26 ¾ inches||0.16 inches||6.2 lbs.|
|184 cm||68 cm||4.06 mm|
|Manduka||71 inches||24 inches||0.15 inches||5.2 lbs.|
|180 cm||61 cm||4 mm|
|Jade Harmony||74 inches||23 3/4 inches||0.15 inches||4.4 lbs.|
|180 cm||61 cm||4 mm|
Liforme has its standard mat and a travel version, both in grey, blue, green and pink. Carrying bag included with all.
Manduka Eko has over 15 colors available in 71″ and 79″ long and varying thicknesses.
Jade Harmony has 14 colors available, with lengths 68″, 71″ and 74″. Manuka and Jade have a ton of options when it comes to color and sizes.
All three of these mats have been used for several hours a week over the last 2 years. They show some signs of wear and tear but are good to go for another 10 years. It really is worth the investment. Here’s a suggestion: buy one pair of high heels less! They’re bad for you anyway.
If your Yoga practice is less intense, maybe more about the relaxation, then the warrior-like grip of Liforme might be overkill for you. Then a good mat is probably all you need. With the money you save, you can buy a fluffy sheep wool mat to top it off, very comfy, and warm in the winter too.
Asanas are so much more enjoyable if your mat is not working against you.
That’s why Liforme is my all-time favorite for me and the best mat available. What are your experiences and favorites? I’d love to hear!