The Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat weighs much less than the top-rated Manduka Black Mat Pro (*Est. $100 and up), but it offers a similarly stable surface and durable design. The 71-inch-long Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat is thinner than the Black Mat, measuring 3/16 inch thick and weighing in at 4 pounds. Reviewers say the yoga mat is very stable and provides a supportive surface that doesn't slip or bunch. Users also appreciate the lifetime guarantee, a testament to the yoga mat's durability. However, the Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat is made with PVC, a plastic that many yoga practitioners attempt to avoid in their daily lives because of health and environmental concerns. Although the Manduka ProLite mat is much lighter than some yoga mats, a few users say it still feels heavy and can be difficult to dry if it gets wet. Overall, reviewers prefer the Manduka Black Mat Pro, but it weighs 7 pounds.
The Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat is included in two comparative tests at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. There isn't a ton of detail on how the yoga mat performs, but these test-based reviews are valuable for their brief insights. The American Council on Exercise rates and reviews the Manduka ProLite mat, and Amazon.com has a good selection of user reviews.
1. The New York Times
Winter Miller tests the Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat during a Bikram yoga class. She likes the durable design and grippy surface, which prevents slips and falls when the mat gets sweaty. However, she thinks the mat is heavy and can be difficult to dry when it gets wet.
Review: Gear Test with Riji Suh, Bikram Yoga Teacher; Physical Culture: Hold a Pose, Break a Sweat, Winter Miller, Sept. 3, 2009
2. The Wall Street Journal
Like the tester at The New York Times, Anjali Athavaley says the Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat feels heavy -- even though it's billed as being lightweight. However, the mat stays in place during practice and provides good cushioning.
Review: Looking for a Soft Spot to 'Om', Anjali Athavaley, Feb. 19, 2009
3. American Council on Exercise (ACE)
The American Council on Exercise gives the Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat a 3-star rating (out of 5). Testers appreciate the non-slip surface and supportive cushioning, but they say it still feels heavy compared to other yoga mats.
Review: Manduka ProLite and BlackMatPro Yoga Mats, Editors of the American Council on Exercise
More than 70 owners review the Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat at Amazon.com, where it earns a 4-star rating. Those who like it say the yoga mat is durable and not as bulky as other yoga mats, but others say the mat is too slippery.
Review: Manduka 71-Inch ProLite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat, Contributors to Amazon.com