Having a good yoga mat is absolutely essential for any yogi or yogi practitioner. Below, you can find a comprehensive review of just one of these yoga mats: the Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Sticky Mat.
If you are looking for Hugger Mugger’s premium yoga mat, see this review instead.
Hugger Mugger Yoga Mat Review: Original Tapas Sticky Version
Aesthetically, this mat doesn’t look like much. It’s ordinary in every sense of the word. There are no intricate designs except for the company’s logo on the bottom corner of the mat. Still, this mat isn’t a complete bore because you can buy it in the following colours: lapis, lapis blue, gray, emerald, fuchsia, olive, and purple. Because of this, you’re able to buy the mat in your favourite color (or your second favourite).
The Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Sticky Mat is eco-friendly; however, this doesn’t make it less durable. It’s antimicrobial to ensure the very best hygiene for you while you practice, and it’s free of phthalate. For those who don’t know, phthalates are a major component and ingredient of plastic materials and researches have been discovered compelling evidence which have connected phthalates to several kinds of cancer. Having a yoga mat that is free of phthalates is a huge bonus because you won’t be compromising your own health every morning. Because it is born and manufactured in the United States, you’re also helping the U.S. economy when you buy this product.
At 3mm thick, the the Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Sticky Mat is on the thinner side. Instead of feeling your mat beneath you while you practice, Hugger Mugger Tapas’s mat allows you to feel supported by the flooring or earth as you transition from baby cobra to downward dog, or from camel to tabletop. The major complaint about this mat is that even though it is thinner, the mat is heavier than other types from the same company. While this is an inconvenience for travelling, you can easily load it in your car and lug it into any yoga class.
Although this mat is advertised as “sticky”, it’s still not good enough to use for hot yoga or seriously sweaty conditions. The mat does grip hardwood floors quite well and provide decent, but not spectacular, traction.
The yoga mat’s price is on the lower end and quite affordable, while still being durable and performing fairly well. However, a cheaper and perhaps better alternative would be the Clever Yoga Better Grip.