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Finally! A Mat for All Your Needs! – Manduka X Mat Review

manduka-x-yoga-matThe Manduka X Mat is the latest innovative mat that joined the Manduka family of yoga mats which was launched  earlier this month along with the Spring 2017 apparel collection.

It’s also known as the Manduka X Yoga Mat,  Manduka X Fitness Yoga Mat, and Manduka X Yoga and Exercise Mat. Rest assured that these names all refer to the same product.

Read this review to find out if this mat is a fit for you!

Who Should Use the Manduka X Mat?

  • The Manduka X Fitness Yoga Mat is a cross functional mat designed for active people who incorporate yoga, pilates, stretching, etc. into their workout routine.
  • For those who want to own one mat so that they do yoga and other exercises without having to invest in a separate yoga mat right away.

The Specs

  • Weighs 3.7 lbs
  • Length 71” x 24”
  • 5 mm thickness
  • Made of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and is 6P free
  • 100% latex-free
  • Non-toxic, eco-friendly manufacturing

Special Features Demystified!

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Manduka X Yoga Mat in Black
  • Lightweight, and portable to carry on the go!
  • Shock-absorbent cushioning to protect joints and bones
  • Highly Textured Dry Grip Technology
    So you stay in place for increased performance
    Extra grip for dry palms because of the surface texture
  • Hygienic Closed Cell Construction
    To keep sweat and moisture from absorbing into your mat

Does the Manduka X Mat Need To Be Broken Into? What Method Do We Use To Do This?

Good news! Unlike the Manduka PRO series mat, the Manduka X does not have a break in period– it’s ready to use straight out of the packaging.

Is the Manduka X Yoga Mat Suitable for Power and Ashtanga Yoga?

If you have a regular intense Power or Ashtanga yoga practice, you’re better off investing in a Manduka PRO or PROlite mat as both of them are designed to withstand an intense practice and is covered by a Lifetime Guarantee. The PRO mat is also the most dense and supportive for vigorous practices.

If you want to use the Manduka X Fitness Yoga mat for Power and Ashtanga here and there, you can certainly use it but you would need to invest in a performance yoga towel (like the yogitoes yoga mat towel) for extra sweat absorption and grip.

Is the Manduka X Mat Suitable for Gentler Types of Yoga (Iyengar, and Restorative)? Is it too thick and dense?

The Manduka X is a great option for gentler yoga classes as it’s relatively thick, dense, and supportive, while being lighter in weight the Manduka PRO which is Manduka’s  thickest mat.

The Manduka X mat is not too thick or dense for Iyengar and Restorative yoga.

Can the Manduka X be Used for Hot and Bikram Yoga?

Yes it can, but it’s recommended to  pair it with a performance yoga towel for more grip and sweat absorption.

Taking Care of Your Manduka X Mat 

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Keep it clean! Use Manduka’s All Purpose Yoga Mat Wash after each use of your Manduka X mat to prolong durability

After each use, wipe the mat with the Manduka All Purpose Mat Wash. Using other products may damage your mat’ surface and cause slippage during your practice. Don’t submerge,  shower or soak the mat in water.

Cons

  • The Manduda X is not covered by a lifetime guarantee (unlike the Manduka PRO and PROlite series mats)
  • Recommended to pair with a performance yoga mat towel (like the Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel) to add more grip and sweat absorbency when practicing yoga

Pros

  • You can use either side of the mat
  • Made free of chemical solvents in an energy-efficient facility
  • Save money (you have a 2-in-1 exercise and yoga mat)
  • Multipurpose mat for yoga, pilates, stretching, crossfit, other exercises
  • Can be used outdoors, at the gym, studio, and at home
  • Affordable
  • You get a wet and dry grip mat at a lower price point compared to other Manduka mats

Final Thoughts – Summary

Manduka is a leading pioneer in creating eco-conscious sustainable high quality performance yoga mats (over 2 million mats were sold since the launch of the company in 1997).

With the growing trend in crossover workouts and athletes adding in yoga as a secondary activity to their workouts, the release of Manduka X —an eco-conscious high quality cross training mat available at the lowest price point—comes at a perfect time!

The Manduka X Fitness Yoga mat is a great pick for  those looking for a lightweight and versatile mat for yoga, pilates, stretching and other exercises, but don’t want to invest in a separate yoga mat yet.

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Manduka X Yoga Mat in Magic

If you mainly practice yoga though, you’re better off going with the Manduka PROlite and PRO series.

Where to Buy the Manduka X Fitness Mat?

The get an authentic Manduka X mat, the best place to get it is directly at Manduka or on  Amazon.com

What do you think of the Manduka X? Is this something that will suit your lifestyle?

Leave a comment or question below.

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26 Comments

  1. Brandon Brandon

    Great review. Your article on the Manduka X Mat was the best one that I found on the internet. You answered all my questions and concerns that I had about it before I read it. It seems like a really lightweight mat as well, so this one will be a good choice to take on vacation, correct? So there’s really no excuse to skip your morning yoga exercise. I just checked the price on Amazon, too – and wow, for the vast amount of features this mat offers, it makes it extremely hard to pass up. Thanks for the thorough review 🙂

    • Thank you Brandon! Because this is lightweight, this is great to take on vacation although you might prefer going with the eKO Superlite Travel Yoga Mat as it can be easily folded to fit smaller spaces. The drawback is that it’s super thin though (1.5 mm thick) so it’s not a good choice if you need the cushioning.

  2. Brent Brent

    Great review. This mat seems top notch for anyone into yoga and the like. You covered all the aspects I would think of that need to be covered for this type of product so kudos for that.

  3. Eric Cantu Eric Cantu

    A good comfortable yoga mat is so important. My girlfriend tried her hardest to convince me to try it (bad idea, lol) but the ONLY way I could even get close to finishing a few poses was with a comfy mat underneath me. Being a guy I thought I didn’t need one. Wrong! lol. Nice post! These are a must have!

    • Yoga mats are super important! Not only they prevent you from injuring yourself, but they also give you your personal space when practicing in a crowded studio for instance. Oh and also they provide cleanliness! I don’t think anyone likes to do child’s pose and laying their face flat on a dirty floor…

  4. Shirley Shirley

    I like to practice at home, but my place is mostly carpeted and I find my mat moves around a bit on the floor. This one seems a bit more grippy though, do you think it would stick to the carpet a bit more than my el cheapo mat?

    • Hi Shirley. My apologies for the long response. I did my research and people say that Manduka mats hold on well on carpeting and I received a confirmation from Manduka that they’re not supposed to slip.

  5. Henry Henry

    Hands down, this product is very solid!

    I’m no expert at yoga, but regular stretching is something I love to do, is a big part of what I do..
    ..& more precisely, something I absolutely have to do to get better results.

    Manduka X is a perfect mix for those who seek a functional mat that they can incorporate into their daily workouts.
    I love the fact it’s portable, so I can easily throw it among my additional equipment as I hit the gym..

    Can’t stress enough how important it is to avoid injuries – To protect our joints, bones & essentially our whole body by using correct equipment..
    ..a lot of people don’t realize it before it’s too late, the damage is done & it’s game over for them

    Investing into a high-quality equipment goes a long way
    Or am I all wrong?

    • Hey Henry! You are so right! And it also saves you lots of money (and doctor visits) in the long run as well.

  6. Celtiyote Celtiyote

    Grip has always been the most important feature for me. I really appreciated the info on which style of mat works best with which types of yoga. This really does look like a great mat. Someday I’ll have to replace my ratty old mat (why is it so hard to do?) and I’ll keep this one in mind. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome Celtiyote! I guess we sometimes get attached. Was this your first ever yoga mat? That may be the reason why it’s so difficult to let it go.

  7. jeffrey16201 jeffrey16201

    Hello Vanessa

    How are you doing today, I see you are into yoga just like me.

    I never used a yoga mat, how would this improve my yoga if I started using a mat? Are mats better for you than doing yoga on a thick carpet floor?

    • Vanessa Vanessa

      Hi Jeffrey! Great questions!

      A yoga mat gives you your personal space when practicing in the studio (even at home too!) and you have a clean surface to practice on.

      A yoga mat also provides you with a far better grip than a carpet ever could I find. It also protects your hands, feet, and joints with the cushioning and prevents injuries.

      It’s also a great reference to use for proper alignment which is very important. Try yoga with a mat but in the end, do what’s right for you.

  8. Penny Penny

    It’s so hard to find a yoga mat that’s both comfortable and eco-friendly, AND provides a good grip for us sweaty beasts…I think you might have just sold me on this being the one. And very cool that it doesn’t have a break-in period. Thanks for the thorough review of this product, I’ll be checking it out!

  9. Amit Misal Amit Misal

    Hi Vanessa! I am very pleased to see all the benefits that are offered by Manduka X mat. And I firmly believe now that Manduka X mats are the best option among other brands. I am surprised to know that they don’t slip like other mats and provide firm grip too. Logging in to my amazon page to give it a worth try.

    • Vanessa Vanessa

      I’m glad that this was helpful to you. Let me know how your experience goes with this mat. 🙂

  10. Leo Leo

    I like to work out at home during bad weather or when I don’t have the time to hit the gym. I often find myself sweating on the floor which makes it slippery and dirty and of course unhygienic! I was looking for a good exercise mat and I came across your Manduka X Mat review. It definitely sounds like a good addition for the house and I would love to get one eventually!

    • Vanessa Vanessa

      Yeah working out on a slippery and dirty floor isn’t fun and quite dangerous.

      I decided not to renew my gym membership which expires in June and I started working out at home instead. I got a used elliptical machine this week and so far it’s been working out great! What kind of workouts do you do at home?

  11. Dominique Dominique

    Hi Vanessa,

    Thank you for your great review. I want to buy my first yoga mat (yay) and I’m doing some research.

    I’m practising yoga (Hatha and Yin yoga), Pilates and do a lot of stretching.
    It seems like this is the ideal mat for me, I fell in love with the black version and the textures seems great.

    It would be great if I could take it to all my classes but my only concern is the grip. What do you think? Is the grip good enough? Will this be my ideal yoga mat to start with, without slipping so I can concentrate on my poses?

  12. D D

    Hi, I’m looking for a new mat, as I do kneeling calf stretches on the mat, I sometimes get bruises on my knees without realizing it. Do you think this is thick and dense enough, or I should just go for the Pro mat?

    Thanks!

    • Hi there D! Thanks for stopping by.

      The Manduka X is 5mm thick and the PRO is 6mm thick but there is a difference in weight as the Manduka X weighs 3.7 lbs and the PRO weighs 7.5lbs.

      There’s also the PROlite mat which is the same as the PRO except it’s the light version (I just posted my review here) which is 4.7 mm thick and weighs 4lbs. The specs in terms of weight and thickness of the PROlite are similar to the Manduka X.

      As for thickness and density you’re good with all 3 options. Since you mention that you do calf stretches I think the Manduka X would be a good fit as it’s cheaper, lighter, and it’s a multipurpose mat should you decide to take up yoga or Pilates someday. The PROlite however comes with a lifetime guarantee and will last you for life though. It’s a matter of preference. Let me know if you have any further questions and I would be happy to assist you.

      • D D

        Thanks for your reply Vanessa!

        I have been contemplating on the PRO for a while too (I do take Yoga occasionally) yes my only concern is the 7.5lbs weight, which isn’t very portable but I am told cushions very well, where the PROlite lacks. I’m curious whether the weight of the PRO bothers anyone that travels with their mat a lot or it’s bearable?

        Thanks!

      • Hi again! I’ve seen people take their PRO mats to the studio but it’s convenient when you have a car. As for travelling overseas (if that’s what you mean) I think that might be tricky though I read online that some people do travel with the PRO but they haven’t explained how they do it so I’m not sure.

        Manduka does offer a travel mat called the eKO Superlite but it’s really thin and barely has any padding while the eKO lite is better but you can’t compare it to the PRO in terms of cushioning as they don’t really have any. But you can fold them into your luggage though so that’s a plus.

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