New York’s Yoga Mat Rivalry: Jade vs. Manduka

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Jade: The ‘It Mat’ of New York

Pros:

  • Democratic price point ($59.95-$74.95)
  • Made from tree rubber with a tree-planting initiative
  • Excellent stability and stickiness (3:1 preference over Manduka)
  • Commonly found as loaner mats in NYC studios

Cons:

  • May not be suitable for vinyasa or flow styles
  • Can stretch excessively in hot yoga

Manduka: The Rolls Royce of Yoga Mats

Pros:

  • Legendary Black Mat Pro (lifetime warranty)
  • Deep cushion and non-slip bottom
  • Available in various colors and patterns

Cons:

  • Aspirational price tag ($108-$128)
  • Heavy (7+ pounds) and impractical for carrying
  • Lighter models may be slippery for some yogis

The Verdict:

Jade appeals to a broader range of yogis with its affordability, stickiness, and portability. Manduka’s Black Mat Pro offers superior cushioning and durability but comes with a hefty weight and price tag. Ultimately, the best mat choice depends on individual preferences, practice style, and budget.

Note: This article was originally published on March 28, 2011, and updated on October 17, 2023, to reflect current market offerings and pricing.

Author: Jane Doe

Credit and Rights: OMG I Yoga

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