Texture of material
The most important factor in choosing a yoga mat is material. The material is directly linked to the quality and the price. At present, the most popular materials for yoga mats are EVA, PVC, TPE, natural rubber, cork, and linen.
EVA: the biggest feature of this yoga mat is that it is cheap, and the lowest retail price on the Internet is less than 20 yuan. EVA is a plastic raw material with low price and very high quality. If you bought a yoga mat, your friends should have an impression. After disconnecting, you can smell some choking nose. If you use it for a long time, you will find it easy to deform.
PVC: This material (PVC) yoga mat is more common, because of its high-cost performance, also relatively soft, and no smell. It is more durable on the floor than EVA material. This kind of yoga mat usually sells for RMB10 to 100 of the price. For beginners, this yoga mat is cost-effective and recommended.
TPE: this material is called thermoplastic rubber, which has an elasticity approaching natural rubber, but the price is much cheaper. TPE material is more environmentally friendly than the first two categories and is completely odorless, safe, and non-toxic. The retail price of the TPE yoga mat is generally over RMB100. For beginners, it is a very good choice.
Natural rubber: Natural Rubber Yoga mat is very soft and gives users a great experience. Skidproof and grip are excellent and the price will be much higher than the first three. Generally around RMB200-300, if there is a sense of design imported yoga mat, the price will generally be more than RMB500.
Cork: it’s a relatively high-end material. The biggest advantage is that it is environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and very simple. But need to be scrubbed in time, otherwise, it will be easy to hide dirt. The cork rubber yoga mat generally cooperates with other materials, usually one side of the cork and one side of the rubber. The price is generally around RMB200-300, and the imported cork yoga mat also has a price of nearly RMB1000.
Linen: linen yoga mat is a yoga mat made of two materials, flax and rubber. Linen material will make yoga mat skid resistance very good. The use of natural rubber makes it resilient. This material is mainly environmentally friendly, the price is generally RMB300-500, an imported linen yoga mat will also achieve nearly RMB1000 of the price.
The second most important factor is the size. In the process of buying yoga mats, you must have encountered the problem of choosing a size. The width of the general yoga mat is around 60cm, and the length of the choice will be around 170cm and 180cm around the two ranges, this is based on their own height to choose, with no difficulty.
The international standard is 610*1730mm, this size is suitable for 175cm, and 610*1830 is suitable for 185cm. If it is high, we should consider the lengthy version. Another indicator of thickness is “thickness”.
The thickness we often see on the Internet is 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 15mm, and so on. In fact, the yoga mat thickness on the market has been seen from 1.5mm to 40mm. A thick yoga mat will give our hands and feet a good cushioning effect, but there are both advantages and disadvantages. Thick yoga mats because of their softness will also make us lose some stability. The thickening yoga mat exists for the convenience of stretching after training, and the extra-thick yoga mat can let the baby crawl.
Generally speaking, the beginner recommends the 6-8mm yoga mat, the advanced person can choose the 3-6mm yoga mat, and the senior user can choose the 1.5-3mm yoga mat, can be more fully aware of the ground.
P.s.10mm yoga mat should be carefully purchased, standing balance will be very poor, although the Internet is also known as the “Yoga Mat” but not suitable for yoga. If it is used for stretching or abdominal training, it can be considered.
The anti-skidding of the yoga mat is very important. Anti-skidding includes not only the contact between us and the yoga mat but also the antiskid between the yoga mat and the ground, which is the effect that everyone says. Generally, the natural material (natural rubber, linen, cork) of the yoga mat to better anti-skid performance, but in fact, the different material of the yoga mat between the skid performance gap is not very big. In addition to the material of Yoga pads, skid resistance is related to many factors: Yoga Mat texture, temperature, humidity, ground environment, and practitioners’ own factors. So aside from other factors, simply saying that the yoga mat has excellent skid resistance is basically exaggerating.
When it comes to skidproof, you have to talk about the Yoga napkin. When I first bought yoga mats, I only knew that the napkin was skid-resistant, and I didn’t know if I needed them. In fact, the need for a yoga towel can be mainly considered two factors: more sweating, the need for a yoga towel to absorb sweat and skidding; whether often use the public yoga mat, to play the role of isolation, more hygienic. I go to the gym to bring a yoga towel just for the purpose of isolation.
Those who do not know the yoga mat may not take this factor into consideration when buying a yoga mat for the first time. In fact, resilience is a very important factor to measure the comfort of a yoga mat. Good spring back will bring us a very comfortable experience.
Natural rubber and TPE yoga mat are very resilient, and the resilience of PVC will be much worse. Flax and cork yoga mat also depends on the resilience of other materials that blend with them. Generally, resilience is very good.
Finally, I like to talk about appearance. Before the performance is good, if not into the eye is useless. Although the material is the most important factor to choose a yoga mat, for girls, facial value is always in the first place. But the good thing is, according to my experience, the yoga mat with high value is generally not too bad in performance. I can’t see the EVA yoga mat that is too beautiful to be seen.
I recommend Sugerman more, because the material is natural rubber and beautiful, and its price performance is even higher.