Gaiam Yoga Mat Folding Travel Fitness & Exercise Mat Review

Sunil Murthy
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Today we'll be reviewing the Gaiam Yoga Mat Folding Travel Fitness & Exercise Mat.

Let’s see if it lives up to the hype.

Our rating: 5 / 10

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Pros:

  • Extra long 72-inch length
  • Carry strap
  • Various thickness options
  • Durable
  • Comes with a carrying bag
  • Appropriate thickness for balancing poses
  • Affordable price
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Not high-quality material
  • Doesn’t come with a pillow

The general description of the Yoga Mat says it all – it's a perfect travel mat, especially with its folding feature which is great when lugging a lot of gear.

It also features a sticky texture that provides stable footing while exercising. These can also be used for other things but we're focusing on specifically yoga mat activities. At the time of adding this product, the free shipping was a great perk to consider.

A huge bonus is that it does not come all covered with a logo which is great if you don't want something like this in front of your face while trying to stretch away.

Some claims that yoga mats need to be 3mm thick, but I really do not think you need to get that serious about this. I am not sure what the minimum thickness is to guarantee safety, but this one is pretty thick for outdoor use and possibly safe for carpeted rock surfaces as well.

One of the two things I think could stand to be better are that it's relatively expensive for what you get, but also, it could be longer. I'm a yoga fan, but I only do it a couple of times a year. If I wasn't selling the house and there wasn't quite so much going on with it, I would probably not even have a mat. You could probably get away with just getting a cheap one from Walmart or similar and put that in your trunk, and that might be enough, but this one is designed to fold up into a pretty small package which is the other selling point.

I believe the secure packaging, where the mat is contained within an air tight bag, is the reason why it has the YOGA MAT FOR TRAVEL label printed on it.

As for the other feel, it's really not bad. It could stand to not stretch as much as it does. It actually feels really poor when doing crescent pose because it is unable to stretch as much as a yoga mat should. But that's only 8 degrees of bending so maybe it's not worth making a big deal out of it.

I think it's nice to have a yoga mat that is universal across all types of yoga because people get into yoga for different reasons and all have many different goals.

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