I looked at a great number of options before selecting this mat (bought 2), and I couldn''t be happier with my choice. One advantage for me is that this mat is larger than most offered in the "exercise" and "equipment" categories on most Web sites. The extra...
I looked at a great number of options before selecting this mat (bought 2), and I couldn''t be happier with my choice. One advantage for me is that this mat is larger than most offered in the "exercise" and "equipment" categories on most Web sites. The extra square-footage offered a better fit for the space available in my exercise area, which was important in protecting the carpet in a rented apartment. The two mats, together, provide an almost perfect fit, while offering plenty of space for my purpose--exercise, not equipment support. With regard to equipment support, however, I can say that the treadmill in my exercise area would be supported much better by one of these mats than it is by a discount store pad, which is what it now stands on. No comparison in quality between the mat being reviewed and the equipment pad in use now. The mat wins, hands down.
For a small apartment, with limited open floor space, the fold-up feature of these mats is a real winner. The folded size of the mat (36Lx12Wx1.5H) makes it easy to store under a bed or other furniture, or even on a shelf in a closet, as the weight of each mat is quite manageable for overhead storage. The "folds lines" for each 12" section are somewhat thinner than the "mat" sections, which is what allows the sections to be folded, but the relative thinness in no way compromises the durability of the mat. I''ve used the mats for several months, folding and unfolding regularly, and there are no signs of wear or deterioration of either the folds or the section surfaces. The convenience of folding for storage, along with the compact, folded size, has made the mats the perfect choice for exercise where floor protection is necessary. I''ve had the interlocking squares, roll-out mats, yoga mats, etc., and none compare with the quality and durability of this fold-up mat.
The mat''s textured surface provides a bit of grip, even when exercising with socks on the feet. The surface is even more "grippy" when barefoot. The mat can be used with either side "up," so you don''t have to wrestle with deciding how to unfold the mat for use. The folds keep the mat from lying completely flat, due to the "memory effect" of the material after being folded, but the effect isn''t enough to cause any real problems when exercising. I''ve never tripped over a fold, for example, as the very slight protrusion isn''t enough to cause tripping. Only mentioned here because the mat doesn''t lie perfectly flat when unfolded after being stored, then used again for short duration before being folded again. I''m not sure whether the mat would flatten completely if left unfolded for a period of time, but I suspect the slightly raised areas would eventually flatten completely. I can imagine the mat might shift during exercise when placed over some surfaces, but I haven''t experienced that problem when placed over fairly dense carpet. The "slipping" problem could be addressed easily with some strategically placed Velcro or tape or weights.
For exercising, this mat (2x, in my case) has been an excellent choice: quality material, easy to move and to store, protects the carpet perfectly, provides some cushioning for exercise, and is inexpensive compared to a number of other options. Highly recommended, based on my experience.