Summary: I bought this mat based on the myriad positive reviews here and from what I'd heard from fellow yogis. I have been practicing for about 8 years now (5 seriously, and became a yoga teacher in Fall 2011) and I thought it was time for an upgrade from my ancient Gaiam mat that had gotten me this far.
Summary: This is a top-quality mat with super cushioning. I've done stretching on it and it protects my old joints from the pressure of the floor. It is quite grippy and holds to the floor (or a rug) very well. It is long and comfy.
Summary: The longer mat seems to unroll endlessly and looks like a monster on the floor, but when I get stretched out on it I am not hanging over the end. The density and extra length make the mat a bit heavier than my other mats. I use a mat sack so just sling it over my shoulder anyway.
Summary: I am an avid yoga student. After months of the cushion mat I decided to try the Manduka Pro Mat under the advisement of my instructor. Incredible difference in my balance with this mat. I am thrilled I purchased.
Summary: My knees are thanking me for spending a little extra money on a quality THICK mat! When I roll it up to carry it around, it does require a bit of heavy lifting since it's pretty "weighty" but... Regardless, my body is thanking me, so it's definitely worth it!
Summary: I like the size and thickness very much. It is not a stickey mat. My hands and feet slide when in poses that I need it most! Down Dog...I thought this mat would be the answer to my problems:-(
Summary: After shopping a new mat for one year I finally decided on Manduka's 85" BlackMatPro. However, like other high-end mats it has some controversy. Many people say it's slippery, a few people say it's sticky and most people say it gets a little stickier over time.