Yogamatters Eco Flow yoga mat review: A no-frills mat with incredible grip

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The Yogamatters Eco Flow yoga mat joined the Yogamatters range in 2022, as a luxurious and eco-friendly option. It is made from natural tree trunk, measures 4mm thick and is available in three different colours.

With an RRP of £70, this is one of the more expensive yoga mat options on the market. But is it worth it? How does it compare to the rest of today’s best yoga mats? Yogamatters makes a wide range of yoga mats, clothing accessories, and I rate them highly as a brand. We also tested a few other cheaper mats from the brand – the Yogamatters Aqua Evolve mat and the Yogamatters Eco Rise mat – so I was excited to see what this new premium option offers.

I’ve been using it for my workouts – including some hot yoga sessions – over the past few weeks to see how it holds up. Read on for my full review of the Yogamatters Eco Flow yoga mat.

Yogamatters Eco Flow Yoga Mat Review: Design and Features

The Yogamatters Eco Flow yoga mat measures 183 x 61 cm (one of the most common mat dimensions) and 4 mm thick. While some of the other rubber-based mats have added toppers, this one is made entirely from natural rubber, which has the advantage of meaning you can flip it over and use both sides. That means it’s not suitable for you if you have a rubber allergy, which seems obvious, but I’ve said it now anyway. My mat had a slight not quite pleasant smell when it was first delivered (oddly think fish), but it went away after the first two uses, and no one in my classes has complained, so it couldn’t be that bad.

Yogamatters Eco Flow Yoga Mat Review: Specifications

Equipment: natural rubber
Weight: 2.5kg
Thickness: 4mm
Dimensions: 183 x 61cm

There are three shades to choose from: Oceana, Coral, and Midnight, which translates to dark green, pink, and dark blue. While the range of colors here isn’t huge, for what it’s worth I think these are some of the nicest shades I’ve seen in a rubber yoga mat, and a little unusual too. Yogamatters warn that the color might fade a bit over time, but I haven’t had mine long enough to comment on that. On the maintenance side, it is recommended to store the mat rolled up, not to leave it in direct sunlight and to avoid soap or chemicals when cleaning (here are more tips for cleaning a yoga mat).

If you want to make eco-friendly purchasing decisions, we’re told that the rubber is sustainably harvested and this mat is also recyclable and biodegradable at end of life.

Close up of the Yogamatters Eco Flow yoga mat

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Other than a small silver Yogamatters logo, there’s no branding on the Eco Flow mat, so if you’re looking for something that includes position markers, you’re out of luck. Unlike most more expensive mats, this one doesn’t come with any type of carrying case, which seems a bit stingy from Yogamatters. I would expect at least a basic carrying strap, included – these surely cost peanuts to make and are pretty much essential if you want to take your mat to class with you.

Yogamatters Eco Flow Yoga Mat Review: Comfort and Performance

I have been very impressed with the Eco Flow yoga mat so far. The grip is fantastic and feels reliable and secure, even in sweaty hot yoga classes. Yogamatters says this mat has a “smooth surface”, which I would say isn’t accurate – it’s textured all over, with a slightly sticky feel, as you sometimes find with foam mats. This grip means that you can sometimes find your clothes caught on it, for example when transitioning from chaturanga to standing dog (unless you are advanced enough to be able to do this without touching your torso to the mat, in which case good luck to you ). It also picks up lint, hair, and general marks quite easily. But I nitpick here, really, because the grip is superb.

Although preferences vary from yogi to yogi, the 4mm thickness provides the right level of cushioning for me, and the rubber also provides a nice stable surface for balance poses.

Close up of the Yogamatters Eco Flow yoga mat

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Yogamatters Eco Flow Yoga Mat Review: Verdict and Alternatives

Overall, I was very impressed with the Yogamatters Eco Flow mat. The grip is great, it offers a great balance of cushioning and support, and it’s also environmentally friendly. For the price, I think Yogamatters could have added a few more features, a basic strap to carry it with, at the very least. I also missed having some kind of positioning guides.

If you’re willing to pay a little more, the Liforme yoga mat and the Yogi Bare mats both have position markers. They’re also both made from natural rubber, but with smooth tops, for those of you who don’t like the sound of the Eco Flow’s slightly sticky top. The Lifeorme also comes with a suitable carry bag. For a lower price, you can also check out the Yogamatters Eco Rise yoga mat, which is slightly thinner at 3mm and has a cotton-blend mesh surface.


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