I have been practicing yoga since 2001. Over the years, I’ve used several standard yoga sticky mats. Average price was $20. These mats were okay, but flimsy. I had to layer double mats to pad my knees. By 2014, I was ready for an upgrade. Ready to spend $100 or more, I compared the Manduka Pro & Jade yoga mats. After reading reviews, studying the materials, speaking to yoga students and testing out their mats, I purchased a Manduka Pro Yoga Mat. I’m writing about it seven years later and it’s as solid as the day I bought it! No fading, no damage. No need to replace. My only complaint was in the beginning. It came with a smelly, slippery surface. Following online advice, I sprayed it down with Manduka Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner and roughed it up with a scrubber several times. After two weeks, it was perfect! Good grip. No smell. The mat supports my knees and body comfortably. It’s thick, but firm, so it doesn’t wobble in standing poses like a Pilates mat. Some people complain of the heaviness (it’s 7.5 pounds), but I don’t carry it far, so I don’t care. The few times I took it to hot yoga, it performed well. Halfway through class, I added a Yogito Manduka Yoga Towel on top to absorb sweat and stop slipping. The velvety Yogito towel is slippery when dry, but grippy when wet. Since the Manduka Pro Yoga mat is thick, it doesn’t fit in a traditional yoga mat bag. So, I use the Manduka Journey On Commuter Yoga Mat Carrier. It’s easy to attach to the mat, and it doubles as a full length yoga strap! The carrier works best when carrying the mat or hanging it on a hook. If I lay it down, the loops loosen and the mat can slip out.