Believe it or not, a brand-new PRO Mat of Manduka is unworthy of that large sum of money you paid for it. Why? Because a newly-bought PRO Mat is not so friendly in terms of the users experience. And I could not sense the so called unbelievable grip. For me, this mat had no grip at all at the start! Whereas, after 3-4 weeks of using, the premium performance of the mat was unveiled and I eventually figured it out that the Manduka PRO Mat required a certain time to break it in.
Actually, Manduka is aware of this specialty of the PRO Mat and offered guidance for customers about how to speed up the process of breaking in with a salt rub. I followed their instructions thoroughly, covering the whole map with salt for 24 hours and wiping it with a damp cloth. It did make a difference later. However, it dawned on me that why didn’t Manduka do it for us customers? I tried hard to shift a new and expensive mat into a seemingly used one. Was that worth doing?
Highlights: The PRO Mat of Manduka requires yoga fans a gigantic amount of time to break it in, and is thus unfriendly to yogis who lack patience and time.
After briefly handling with my PRO Mat, I took it with me to a yoga class where I regretted my choice of bring such a mat! This mat was still slippery and called for a towel to make up for the safety. And it was even more dangerous when I got sweating, I was so frightened to make any singe pose and had to leave the class earlier. I then called one of my yoga friends who had been using the Manduka PRO Mat for years, and she told me that she had the same feeling for the mat at the very onset, and it took her nearly 2 months to break the mat in. Yes, this mat did have the perfect grip. From my perspective, casual yogis should not consider purchasing the Manduka PRO Mat, which would certain let them down and cost a lot of time to sweep the annoying slipping.