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On The Go With The PROlite – Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat Review

manduka-prolite-yoga-mat-reviewHey everyone! Today’s post is a product review of the Manduka PROlite mat as many people are confused about whether they should be getting the original PRO mat or the PROlite.

=>If you’re interested in my review of the PRO yoga mat, check it out here.<=

Now let’s get started the with most common question…

What’s The Difference Between The Manduka PROlite And The Original PRO Mat

The PRO and PROlite are part of the PRO series Manduka yoga mats which means that they are essentially the same mat. They simply differ in terms of length, thickness, and weight.

Who Should Use The Manduka PROlite Mat?

The PRO series Manduka yoga mats are the holy grail mats for most yoga teachers and for over 2 million yoga practitioners  around the world.  So the PROlite can be used by anyone and at every level and especially those who are looking for a mat to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • People who bike or commute by public transport to the studio and need a light yoga mat to carry
  • People who simply want a lightweight mat
  • People who are looking for a cheaper option to the original PRO mat
  • People who want an indestructible durable high-performing mat that gets better with use and age
  • People who are looking for a mat with a lifetime warrantee
  • People who want a toxin-free, latex-free, phtalate-free yoga mat
  • People who want to participate in Manduka’s mission to reduce the amount of yoga mats ending up in landfills (since this mat will last you a lifetime you won’t ever need to buy or throw out another yoga mat ever again)
  • People who only want to own only one yoga mat for all types of yoga

manduka-prolite-indulgeSpecs

  • Standard size
    Weight: 4 lbs
    Length:  71″ x 24″ (180cm)
    Thickness : 4.7 mm
  • Long size
    Weight: 4.5 lbs
    Length: 79″ x 24″ (200cm)
    Thickness: 4.7 mm

What Size of the PROlite Should I Choose?

As you can see there isn’t much of a difference between the weight and the length of the standard (71”) and long size (79”).

If you’re tall I would recommend going with the 79”.

If you also don’t like having your arms and hands touch the floors when doing child’s pose, the longer size will be better for you. If you want an even longer mat, the original black mat PRO is available as an 85” (215cm) so it’s 6 inches even longer.

Special Features

As previously mentioned, the PROlite yoga mat has all the same features as the original PRO mat but here’s a recap of its special features

  • Made from eco-certified safe PVC
  • Phthalate-free, latex-free
  • Hygienic closed-cell surface (means that it repels sweat from seeping into your mat and makes it for an easier and faster clean)
  • Sticky, great traction and grip for non-heated types of yoga

Is There A Break-In Period?

Yes there is. Because of the manufacturing process, when you receive your mat you’ll notice a slick thin film on the top surface. For this reason you’ll find that your yoga practice will be a slippery experience at first.

However once the friction of your hands and feet wear into your mat this film will go away which on average takes up to 3 months with a daily yoga practice. To speed up the break-in process you can treat your mat with the salt scrub method where you basically sprinkle the top surface of your mat with coarse sea salt, let it sit for 24 hours indoors or outdoors in the sun and you scrub and remove the salt with a damp towel.

Faster and Easy Cleaningmanduka-prolite-purple

While this yoga mat is pretty much indestructible a good cleaning from time to time or after a sweat fest after Hot Yoga or Power Yoga (if you’re not using a Yogitoes yoga mat towel)  is necessary to keep your mat in tip top shape.

Because of the closed-cell structure of this mat, sweat and moisture are repelled from seeping into your mat which means that the PROlite will never smell bad and harbor nasty bacteria.

So this means that the sweat and moisture stays on top of the surface which means that you can clean up your mat really fast by using Manduka’s All Purpose Mat Wash spray or a non-solvent household cleaner (just make it’s not vinegar-based or you’ll damage your mat!) by wiping it down and rinsing it with a damp cloth.

There’s no need to deep clean the mat in the shower, bathtub, washing machine as this will guarantee that you’ll break your mat.

Cons

  • There’s a break-in period due to the manufacturing process
  • Pricy but cheaper than the original PRO mat
  • Slippery if you’re a heavy sweater or do heated types of yoga (this is easily remedied by putting a Yogitoes yoga mat towel over your mat)

Pros

  • Non-absorbent surface means easy cleaning.
  • Doesn’t slide and doesn’t bunch up during fast and vigorous flows
  • Provides stability for those tricky  balance poses
  • Made with toxin-free materials
  • If you want to invest in a top of the line mat and use only one mat for all types of yoga (including heated) this is it

Summary – Key Points

  • The PROlite is thick enough for your joints yet light enough to transport to the studio
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com
  • While this mat will become slippery during Hot Yoga and perhaps during vigorous types of yoga (Power Yoga, Ashtanga) depending if you’re a heavy sweater, you can use Yogitoes towel for extra grip.
  • There are other yoga mats that can be used for Hot Yoga specifically without putting yoga mat towels over the mat but keep in mind that they’re not as durable like Manduka mats.
  • While it’s initially expensive to buy the PRO or the cheaper PROlite, it will really be the only yoga mat that you will ever need to buy in your lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Also you have a lifetime warrantee so you really have nothing to lose.
  • Non-absorbent surface means easy and fast cleaning. Other mats absorb sweat into the mat which means that you really need to clean all the gunk that’s inside and who really has the time for that? Even if you do buy yourself a Yogitoes towel for heated and vigorous yoga classes, your save your precious time on cleaning and do more important things.

Where to Buy the Manduka PRO Mat?

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

What do you think of the Manduka PROlite mat? Have you tried it?

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8 Comments

  1. Mark Perkins Mark Perkins

    Thank you for clarifying the differences between the two mats.
    As I am a taller person I may be better off with the Pro.
    Do both come in a variety of colours?
    Thank you
    Mark

      • Thats great thank you.
        Nice to see them supporting a charity too.
        Mark

      • You’re welcome Mark.

  2. Craig Craig

    Hi Vanessa, I do practice yoga about once a week and often find myself needing two mats for any poses on my knees (they are just quite sensitive). Do you think the PROlite would be an appropriate choice? I just worry if I buy one I might end up needing a second one anyway so I might be better off with a thicker mat to begin with….Thoughts?

    • Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about those really sensitive knees Craig and that you have to use two mats. I’m wondering what kind of mats do you use and what’s their thickness?

      In this case I don’t think the PROlite would be good for you as it’s only 4.7mm thick and you clearly need something thicker than that. The PRO is 6mm thick so it will be better but if you want an even thicker mat for those knees there is the Jade Fusion Yoga Mat available on Amazon.com. It’s 8mm thick and it’s more expensive than the PRO but it’s eco-friendly as it’s made of natural rubber (I’ll be doing a review on that one soon). If you choose to go with the Jade Fusion keep in mind that you may have trouble doing balancing poses though. I hope this helps

  3. Bec Bec

    Hi Vanessa. Great product review. This was very though and will certainly help me when I come to choosing my next yoga mat. I certainly didn’t realise that there was a “break in period”. I liked your pros/cons section as well. Thank you.

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad that this was helpful. I will be reviewing other yoga mats from other brands as well so stay tuned by subscribing to my newsletter if you don’t want to miss them. 🙂

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