I've had a struggle finding mats that are effective for me since my hands tend to slip A LOT on many types of mats. This mat is not only beautiful but the thickness is perfect and cushioned just enough without sacrificing stability. The cork is perfect for grip and is just a comfortable surface to practice on. Even when it's cold out and I take it out of my car to practice the material warms up quickly. It is a tad narrower and longer than my Lulu or Jade mats but it does not make a difference to me. The customization is awesome too and makes my mat really feel like it is mine.