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I had been attending a Yoga Class, which began a few years ago, in late September. Unusually, we had not had much rain for that time of the year and the bag that I was using was therefore doing a great job. However, when it did rain on my way to the Yoga Class, I discovered the importance of 'water resistance' being a specification on a Yoga Mat Bag.
It is unpleasant and it is inconvenient; and dangerous to have a wet or even damp mat whilst doing Yoga Asana's (postures). You can guess that the next day I commenced a researching campain for a suitable bag to transport my trusty mat in.
My requirements where:
1. Water Resistant Quality
2. High Quality Product capable of lasting years
3. Ease of use
4. Attractive and professional aesthetics
5. Competitively priced
So not much to ask for then - ahem- I set about the research and discovered the Yoga Mad Asana Mat Bag which I felt reassured about purchasing as I already had a Warrior Mat by Yoga Mad which is excellent quality. The bag looked to meet all of my needs including being water resistant and even came in choice of colours. I selected the cream and aubergine one and it is really nice.
The mat bag arrived in a clear packet and had a paper label inside which clearly displayed the brand, product and specifications. The logo was clearly visible too. Minimal packaging is good in my opinion as it is much easier to unwrap and dispose off afterwards - better for the environment too.
On inspection the mat bag is very well made and looks professional. I have had it approximately three years now and take the mat out of it out everyday; it is still in perfect 'as new' condition and will last me for many more years to come. The design around the top of the bag is beautifully embroidered and pretty - displaying a range of Yoga Asana's. There is a large carog pocket that fastens with press studs - which is really handy for keeping keys, loose change, yoga straps etc inside. There is a quality, thick, black adjustable strap that is strong and comfortable when worn over the shoulder. The bag is opened and closed at the top with an elasticated band which is secured with a squeezable fastener that is easy to use. I find it really quick and easy to get the mat in and out of the bag. I have been outside with the bag when it has rained on numerous occasions - from the car to the building of the Yoga Class - and the mat has been nice and dry when I retrieved it from the bag - gold star for that! The bag drys really quickly which is another bonus.
The bag is great for storing the mat too as it keeps it neatly rolled up and clean. It is so easy to store away tidily.
The bag is composed of 30% Nylon and 70% Cotton and you can put it into the washer to clean it. I have not had to wash mine yet as it is still like new!
The bag fits a standard size yoga mat inside it and measures : 63cm x 14.5cm
Maximum size of mat would be : 183cm x 6mm x 61cm
You can purchase it from www.yogamad.com at £14.99 and if you shop around on Amazon or eBay or google it you can sometimes get a slightly lower price. I think that this price is a great price for this particular bag though because you will be getting a quality, water resistant, attractive and functional bag that will last a long time. You will get years of service from this bag if you look after it well. I can highly recommend it!
Great value and high quality mat bag.
Thanks for reading my review.