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Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat
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Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat
Advantages: Comfortable, long enough, grip, value for money
Disadvantages: Not perfect
When it comes to choosing a mat for doing your exercises on, it's surprising just how much you have to take into account. It's not just a case of getting something padded to put on the floor: it's about comfort in other ways, too. There are a ridiculous number of options available to you, from different manufacturers, colours, widths, depths, lengths, materials, patterns..........it's exhaustive.
Price is often a big factor, as it really does depend on the value for money you get for the product you buy. There may bee a really decent product, but if it costs £20 and isn't that much better than something half the price, then is it good value? This Davina Air Flow mat, at a cost of £7, would appear on the surface of it to be excellent value. Surely, something given the thumbs up from Davina McCall, who has released more fitness DVDs and products than I've had hot dinners, must be of the best quality? Well, that depends on what you're looking for.
I'm around 6ft tall, and something I've found quite annoying is that exercise mats are regularly too short for me to lie on. This one, at around 180cm long, just about does the trick. This is the first thing I look for, to be honest. But this isn't enough. The mat has to do what is needed of it as well, and a lot of that is in terms of support and comfort when you're exercising. I find that it's in doing sit ups or kneeling exercises that I notice the comfort more, and to be honest, the padding on this mat is easily enough to sustain me doing the exercises I need to, without fear of it being uncomfortable. I know others find it uncomfortable on the knees, and this is because there is a horizontal line pattern that is there for grip, whichever way you have the mat.
The grip is excellent on this mat. Some mats slide or edge along the floor, whereas this one manages to stay its place. Naturally, it won't be glued to the floor, and so it depends on how rigorous an exercise you perform on the mat. Slower sit ups, for example, are unlikely to move it, whereas more aggressive movements can move it a bit. It's unrealistic to expect a complete lack of movement, I suppose.
The material seems to be absorbent in terms of sweating on the mat. I don't know whether this is a good thing or not, as I don't particularly relish the thought of lying down on my dried sweat each time. However, I think it's more the case that the upper layer of this absorbs the sweat, but is easily cleanable with a dmap cloth, which I'd recommend you do after each use. The padding is quite good at retaining its shape as well, with indents springing back up and the mat being able to be flattened even after being rolled up for quite a while.
Overall, this is a mat I do highly recommend. It's not perfect, but then I think it's be hard to find an exercise mat that is. Its price coupled with the quality means that I find it great value for money, and this is the most important thing. Recommended.
Summary: Very good exercise mat, endorsed by Davina McCall