The new eKO mat by Manduka is making its debut right now. You can actually buy it at some studios already, or you can pre-order it on the Manduka website. The mats ship, I think, on October 15th. They’re giving 10% off if you pre-order now.
I’ve actually had a chance to try out the new mat, but only in a demo setting. Once I actually get my new mat and put it to use in a class setting for a week or so, I’ll post a more thorough review. In the meantime, here are some of my initial impressions of the mat:
1. The mat weighs the same as the classic Black Mat, but somehow it feels flimsy in comparison.
2. The eKO is a bit squishier than the Black Mat, for better or worse.
3. The eKO is a little stickier, it seemed to me, than the Black Mat. It’s made of natural rubber, so it has a texture/feel that is very similar to the Jade Harmony Mat.
4. My biggest concern is durability. Let’s see how it stands up to some serious usage…
More thoughts, comments, etc. once I get my new eKO and take it for a test spin.