A Lightweight, No-Slip Yoga Mat That Will Last a Decade

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This mat also has technology to lock microbes on the surface for easy cleaning.
This mat also has technology to lock microbes on the surface for easy cleaning.Photo: Bobby Doherty

The Goal: Find a yoga mat light enough to tote between unlimited ClassPass workouts and grippy enough for a no-slip down dog. We consulted local yogis, who steered us away from supportive-yet-cumbersome seven-pound mats and portable-yet-flimsy two-pound ones, and we landed on an ideal weight of four pounds.

The Verdict: Though it feels slippery at first, the nontoxic PVC cushioning of the Manduka Prolite yoga mat ($75 at amazon.com) gets grippier with each session (and will continue to do so for up to ten years). And while it’s on the pricier end, the Prolite has closed-cell technology to lock microbes on the surface, making it much easier to clean than the typical spongy, bacteria-absorbing mats.

*This article appears in the April 4, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.