Manduka Pro Vs Manduka Prolite Yoga Mat – Which Is The Best?

There is a lot of talk going around in the yoga world regarding the two masterpieces by Manduka that works best for the yogis. Well, answering this question is a bit difficult because both yoga mats belong to the same brand, but still, we are going to perform an in-depth analysis for you in which we will compare the characteristics of the two mats. Only after that, you would be able to judge whether Manduka Pro is your best bet or the Manduka Prolite!

Before exploring deep down into the specs of each one of these, I would show a quick comparison of the basic qualities the two yoga mats possess. So for all the readers out there who are short on time and cannot go through the detailed analysis of Manduka Pro and Manduka Prolite, catch up on the basic comparison table ahead!

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 Manduka Prolite Yoga MatManduka Pro Yoga Mat
MaterialPlastic; PVCPlastic; PVC
Size71″ length x 24″ wide85″ length x 26″ wide
Portability4.6 lbs.9.5 lbs.
Comfort scaleDense; good in traction and stability maintenance.Padding is good, the mat does not compress when pressed during yoga.

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Manduka Pro Vs Manduka Prolite Yoga Mat – Which Is The Best?

You may already be knowing, Manduka is a renowned name when it’s about Yoga accessories and mats. For the past few years, the customer has developed trust with the brand name and buying mats from Manduka because of their quality guaranteed production.

Well, I would not say there is no downside to their products because nothing has got perfection; but yoga mats from this brand are far better from the other overrated ones.

Getting back to our topic of today, Manduka Pro VS Manduka Pro lite, check out the detailed comparison below and then decide for yourself which one you want to opt for!

1. The Material

As already clear from the table above, both of these mats are composed of plastic i.e., the PVC plastic. We would not get into the details of the plastic production and recycling procedure, but it is claimed by the brand that the mats are non-toxic and emissions-free.

With no addition of latex into the plastic, this fact gets obvious that Manduka pro as well as Manduka Pro-lite; both are eco-friendly products and would not harm the environment in the long run! Well, that’s obviously a thumbs up for them both. Let’s lookout for the next specification.

2. The Thickness

Manduka pro yoga mat has got a nice dense layer of thickness almost equal to 6mm. This is definitely the ideal thickness for a yoga mat, no matter whatever type of yoga exercise you do upon such a mat, your body would not ache later on.

Cushioning is an important factor while you select a yoga mat for yourself, at least a necessary concern for people aged above 35-40 years or people looking for yoga mats for bad knees. The dense, thick layer also provides great padding and prevents any joint sore or lack of comfort while you are doing your yoga exercise.

Manduka Pro lite, on the other hand, has got a thickness of 1.3mm lesser than the Manduka Pro mat. Yes, with a thickness of 4.7mm, this becomes the updated version of the Pro mat. I would not say such a thickness is useless completely, but I would also not suggest this mat for people suffering from joint problems.

For yogis, who usually do hot yoga or Bikram yoga can certainly opt for this mat because cushioning is not a major concern while you do such types of yoga exercises.

3. The Size

The Manduka Pro Yoga mat is longer, wider, and thicker and hence stands best for yogis who have just started learning yoga. This is because beginners usually need more working space to practice and strengthen their yoga skills.

With a length of 85 inches, you can safely and securely move around and consume as much space as you like upon your yoga mat. The width is also optimum being 26 inches wide.

Talking about Manduka Pro lite, a considerable size reduction has been made, and the length is reduced to 71 inches. Such a number is also not bad, depending upon the yogis who are going to perform yoga upon it.

For certain exercises, you really do not need much space, and a length of 71 inches can serve you great too. Smaller yoga mats are usually preferred by the yoga instructors or the pro yogis, who can work and perform great in minimal space as well.

4. The Portability

If you are planning on taking your yoga mat out on a picnic, simply do not consider buying the Manduka Pro yoga mat. This is because you would not be able to carry a weight of 9.5 lbs. all along with you on a trip.

People in the United States prefer to do yoga on hike trips and after reaching a mountain top through trekking. For such a situation, get your hands on the Manduka pro lite yoga mat, which weighs only around 4.6lbs.

You are going to get a bag with straps too, so it would be easier to carry the mat along with you on trips and tours. The carrying bag facility has been provided with both of the mats, so for short travels or car journeys, you can prefer to get the Manduka Pro mat too.

5. The Stability Factor

This is something based upon the customer’s experience and their use. Talking firstly about the Manduka Pro yoga mat, the well-textured bottom layer enables the mat to stay on the floor firmly and hence do not even slightly move while you use it. This causes the yogis to develop a good grip and hence stay stable while performing on the yoga mat.

Users have reported that the Manduka Pro yoga mat looses traction over use. I do not completely agree with this statement because it all depends upon the way you take care of your yoga mat. And obviously, the mat is going to expire one day! But to enhance its functionality and durability, use and maintain it properly so that it does not lose its traction and grip over time.

Manduka Pro lite is an updated version of Manduka Pro and was designed’ keeping in mind the traction and grip related complaints from the users. To date, no such bad reviews have been published by the customers related to losing traction and stability after a year’s use.

Manduka Prolite has also got good durability as compared to Manduka Pro and can last longer keeping its form and texture like new. When it comes to cleaning, both yoga mats are very easy to clean. You can also check out our detailed guide on how to clean yoga mat at home.

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Got some excellent valid points from the comparison review? Now it is all up to you to decide which mat out of these both would work best for you. Consider your yoga exercises and your performance level, and on that basis, choose the most suitable yoga mat for yourself. I hope you found this review beneficial. For any queries, drop down your comments in the box below. I will be updating the article in case Manduka works on updating its products and setting up new launches in the market. Keep following Mats Corner to get unbiased reviews, guides and tips on different kind of mats.

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