The 71″ Manduka PurpleLite Travel Mat is lighter and less “meaty” than the original Black Mat. The Travel Mat weighs roughly 4 pounds and comes in just one color, purple. It is 3/16″ thick and 24″ wide, making it noticeably thinner and narrower than the Manduka Black Mat.
The Good: Solid, reliable Manduka construction. I expect this mat to last for quite a while.
The Bad: Not really what I would call a travel mat. It’s still pretty heavy, and it’ll probably take up a lot of space in your suitcase, if you can even get it in there. Also, the mat doesn’t seem as dense as the Black Mat, and it has a little give that I’m not used to and don’t really like, not after using the Black Mat for the past 8 months.
This mat is great, don’t get me wrong. But if you’re going to spend the money on a Manduka, you may as well spend a few extra bucks and get the 71″ Black Mat. Or, if your aim is to get a travel mat, get something else that is actually more conducive to traveling. (e.g. I once had this mat that was constructed out of a soft, sticky, mesh-like material that was perfect for traveling, and it could be folded up like a blanket, making it much easier to pack. Unfortunately, I don’t know where to get this mat anymore, or what the brand name was. I hope someone out there knows and will share the info with us!)