The Sundried Jute Yoga Mat is a compact, inexpensive and robust travel option but might feel a little rough for some tastes…
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Sundried Jute Yoga Mat
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$33 / £27, sundried.com
- Light and easy to transport
- Eco-friendly material
- Feels thin and un-supportive
- Texture feels rough against bare skin
Sundried’s wallet- and environmentally-friendly yoga mat is made from jute, a natural fibre often used to make carpets, rugs and ropes.
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Made from a strong and durable fibre like jute, you know you’re getting a mat that won’t rip or fray, no matter how much you throw it around gym floors or stuff it in gym bags between sessions.
Sundried Jute Yoga Mat design
Despite its generous 6mm cushioning, the mat doesn’t feel especially plush or soft. This is mostly down to the grainy textured surface, which takes some getting used to. However, it rolls up effortlessly and packs away neatly, held in place by inclusive straps linked by a longer shoulder strap for easy transportation.
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Design-wise, the interwoven sand and blue fabric looks rustic and a bit hipster, and the coarse, grainy texture ensures your sweaty hands and feet don’t lose grip. But it doesn’t take long before the material can start to feels too rough, especially on bare elbows in a plank position and on sensitive knees when stretching.
At £27, though, the Sundried Jute mat is an ideal choice for beginners or those looking for a rugged yet portable option that will stand up to plenty of wear and tear. At 180 x 61cm, it’s a fairly standard size, making it compact and portable – but it might not be suitable for larger guys of those wanting plenty of coverage for more expansive exercises.
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