Top positive review
Solid, affordable mat
January 27, 2018
The mat came wrapped in plastic with a 2-year warranty card included. The carry strap is made of 2 elastic loops (which easily slide on and off the rolled mat) connected by a solid strap. I doubt the strap is included in the warranty, but the elasticity of the loops is quite impressive and may indeed last 2+ years, and can certainly be used with other mats.
The mat is made of a supportive yet soft material. After one 20-minute use at typical room temparture and humidty, the mat did not lose its soft support, nor did it feel slippery. One of the photos in my review shows how the material is a bit like memory foam (I'm hoping the marks from the carry strap dissipate). The mat I received is the same width as an elitist brand mat, although an inch shorter.
When I first removed the platic wrapping, the mat had a strong chemical odor (formaldehyde most likely). The smell does seem to have subsided after leaving it open for an hour or so, and will likely be unnoticeable after regular use.
In short, the mat is good quality for a low price, and definitely a worthwhile buy for anyone looking to dip their toes into a yoga practice.