I'm working on a big project that filmed last week against a green screen. A couple days before the shoot, I got an email from the production manager saying I shouldn't wear or use anything that is green. My yoga mat happens to be olive green, so I set out to buy another mat. In Germany I use Manduka's black mat pro (read my review here) and I love it, but don't love the weight, so when I saw the eKO lite mat I thought I'd try it out.
PROS: It is lightweight and folds up or rolls up so it's travel friendly, which is a huge plus for me. It is thin - three millimeters thick - but its natural rubber material offers a firm, cushiony foundation. It's slightly texturized which adds to the non-slip surface of the rubber. The best part is that it will completely biodegrade without leaving a footprint in landfills. The grip is fantastic on the mat - you will definitely not slip and slide!
CONS: There is a rubbery scent when you first buy it. It's supposed to go away completely with use, and I've had it for a week and used it daily and it is definitely fading away but it isn't completely gone yet. It smells pretty awful, so I'm looking forward to it going away!
PRICEPOINT: Just under $50, which is expensive for a yoga mat when you think of the ones you can buy in Target for $12.99. However, you need to remember that if you use your mat often the cheap ones will erode quickly (my cheap ones start to peel within a week of use), so if you're going to invest in one you might as well spend the money on something that will last a while and is biodegradable.
VERDICT: I really love it. The fact that it's so lightweight, easy to travel with and is eco-friendly makes this mat a keeper.