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Jade Harmony Review

Fantastic mat that doesn't hold up to heavy use.
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Price:  $85 List | $79.95 at REI
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Pros:  Excellent wet and dry traction, natural surface, portable
Cons:  Open-cell technology absorbs moisture and oils, not durable
Manufacturer:   Jade
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 28, 2016
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  • Comfort & Stability - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 7
  • Durability - 15% 4
  • Traction Dry - 20% 10
  • Traction Wet - 20% 9
  • Ease of Care - 20% 5

Our Verdict

Our testers loved the Jade Harmony, and it was a contender (and previous winner) for our Editors' Choice Award. This mat is sticky, compact, and made with all-natural materials. It has great traction, both wet and dry, and even when the internal fires were raging, and our palms were sweating, we still stuck to it like a gecko. It's easy to transport, comfortable to lie on, and an all-around great mat. It's not well-suited to hot yoga, though; the rubber absorbs water (and sweat) and is slow to dry. If you prefer to practice at 100 F and above, check out our Top Pick for Hot Yoga, the Aurorae Synergy.


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Pros Excellent wet and dry traction, natural surface, portableEasy to clean, lightweight, tons of traction dry or wetGreat wet and dry traction, stable and comfortableGreat traction when wet, easy to care for when doing hot yogaInexpensive, high-quality
Cons Open-cell technology absorbs moisture and oils, not durableExpensiveHeavy, strong odor, easily scratchedNot as much cushion as a regular 5mm mat, somewhat slippery when dryThin
Bottom Line Fantastic mat that doesn't hold up to heavy use.This mat combines rubber and cork for a truly grippy mat dry or wet.This is a great mat for people with sweaty palms.Great for hot yoga or people who like to use a towel over their mat.A great option not only for travelers, but for someone looking for an inexpensive high-quality mat.
Rating Categories Jade Harmony Yoloha Native Cork Lululemon The Reversible Mat Aurorae Synergy Lululemon Reversible (Un)
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Specs Jade Harmony Yoloha Native Cork Lululemon The... Aurorae Synergy Lululemon...
Materials Rubber and other proprietary ingredients Cork and recycled rubber Polyurethane, Rubber, Latex Bottom: Polymer Environmental Resin, Top: Microfiber towel Polyurethane
Measured Weight 4 lbs 9 oz 3 lbs 3.8 oz 5 lbs 7 oz 3 lbs 10 oz 2 lbs 3 oz
Length 74 in 72 in 71 in 72 in 71 in
Width 24 in 26 in 26 in 24 in 26 in
Thickness 4.7 mm 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm 1.5 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Jade Harmony is made of natural rubber sourced from rubber trees (non-synthetic). They won't disclose what else is in their mats other than to say there are no "PVCs, heavy metals or ozone-depleting substances." They also state that all the mat's components are FDA approved "for use in rubber in continuous contact with food." Does this mean you can eat your mat? This mat is 74" long by 24" wide and 3/16" thick (4.72 mm). It weighs 4 lbs 9 oz and comes in Black, Midnight Blue, Olive, Purple, Slate Blue, Teal, Raspberry, and Tibetan Orange, as well as three two-tone color options.

Jade recommends that you do not use this mat if you have a latex allergy. Natural rubber can contain trace amounts of latex proteins, so even though this mat is 99 percent latex-free, it might still be a problem if you are sensitive to latex.

Performance Comparison


This mat has great traction  helping you stick and hold all of your yoga poses.
This mat has great traction, helping you stick and hold all of your yoga poses.

Traction Dry


The Jade Harmony has the best dry traction in this review. It has a slightly ridged surface that is sticky, and once you put your hands down and push, they won't move. We stuck like glue during opposing poses, like Downward Facing Dog, and didn't experience any slipping or sliding of our hands.

The traction on this mat was superb. When pressing our hands or feet away from each other we experienced no slipping or slidding.
The traction on this mat was superb. When pressing our hands or feet away from each other we experienced no slipping or slidding.

Traction Wet


When our bodies heat up during class, and our palms start sweating, we need even more help from our mat to maintain traction. Not only did we test this mat during many vigorous classes where we started to perspire, but we also threw a cup of water on it to see how well we would stick when it was drenched. While this mat did not have quite as good wet traction as the Lululemon The Reversible Mat, it came pretty close. This mat has an open-cell technology, which means it absorbs water (and sweat and oils, etc.) and is not the best choice for a hot yoga class. If you like to practice in the heat, then go with the Aurorae Synergy or the Kulae Elite Hot Hybrid instead.

We doused this mat with extra water to simulate a really sweaty class  and compared our ability to hold Down Dog vs the other mats. This mat is slightly less sticky when wet  but still holds this pose well.
We doused this mat with extra water to simulate a really sweaty class, and compared our ability to hold Down Dog vs the other mats. This mat is slightly less sticky when wet, but still holds this pose well.

Comfort and Stability


The Harmony is 3/16" thick (4.72 mm) and provides all the support you need to cushion your knees or hips during various poses. This mat finds a great balance between being comfortable but not too squishy. A squishy mat makes standing balances more difficult, and if you're like us, then balancing on one leg is already hard enough. We tried headstands, Bow Pose, cat/cow stretches on our knees, and we were comfortably supported in all of them while remaining stable. If you like your mats extra plush and a little wider, both the Manduka eKO and Lululemon's The Reversible Mat feel slightly cushier than this one and are two inches wider.

This mat has all the comfort and stability you need for inversions.
This mat has all the comfort and stability you need for inversions.

Durability


We were not so impressed with the durability of this mat. After several months of use, we began to see a lot of wear around the feet (which is a common area for wear, particularly from Vinyasa styles where you are repeatedly rolling over your toes). The traction was still good, and we never noticed mat particles breaking off or between our toes, but this shortens the lifespan of the mat. The ridges that provide such great traction seem to accelerate the wear, as we didn't notice the same level of wear on other rubber mats like the Manduka eKO and the Prana Revolution. No mat is going to last forever, but if you have a regular daily practice, then something beefy like the Manduka PRO is probably a better choice. Also, if you want to increase the longevity of this mat, be sure to never leave it in direct sunlight, or a car for very long, as high heat and UV exposure will break down the material.

After a year of use (last year's review model)  a lot of wear had occurred due to rolling over our feet in Vinyasa style classes. While the surface of this mat does start to break down with time  there were no chunks missing  creases or gouging that occurred.
After a year of use (last year's review model), a lot of wear had occurred due to rolling over our feet in Vinyasa style classes. While the surface of this mat does start to break down with time, there were no chunks missing, creases or gouging that occurred.

Portability


While not the lightest mat in this review (4 lbs 9 oz), it does roll up compactly and is easy to tote around. It's twice as heavy as the Prana E.C.O. and Hugger Mugger Earth Elements, but we preferred taking it to class over those models, as it stays rolled up when you need it to. Compared to the Manduka PRO (almost 8 lbs), this mat feels like a feather in your bag.

The PRO (left) is much heavier and bulkier than the Jade (right).
The PRO (left) is much heavier and bulkier than the Jade (right).

Ease of Care


This mat was one of the more challenging ones to care for. If you like to wipe your mat down before or after each use, the sticky surface of this mat collects and hold small pieces of lint and animal hair (we tested this mat in a house with a cat and a dog, and we're still trying to get the hairs out). The rubber material absorbs water, as well as oils, and occasionally needs a deep clean, say in a shower or bathtub, but cannot be left out in the sun to dry as that degrades the material. When we gave this mat a deep clean, it took two full days to dry out completely, so you'll want to plan accordingly. The manufacturer says you can wash it in a front-loading washer on gentle if you don't have time for or dislike wrestling your mat in the shower.

Animal hairs and lint are very difficult to remove from this mat. They stick to the textured surface and don't come off easily.
Animal hairs and lint are very difficult to remove from this mat. They stick to the textured surface and don't come off easily.

This mat does have a strong odor at first, though not quite as strong as the rubber Prana Revolution and the polyurethane/rubber Lululemon The Reversible Mat. (We've had the Lululemon mat for four months, and it still smells.) While the smell of this mat eventually dissipates, apparently, if you want to accelerate the process, you should place it in front of a fan. We didn't go that far and are happy to report that the odor is not as strong after several months of use.

If you're practice involves a few dozens vinyasas  Down Dogs  and arm balances  this mat is a revelation. No more readjusting your hands as they slip away from you again and again.
If you're practice involves a few dozens vinyasas, Down Dogs, and arm balances, this mat is a revelation. No more readjusting your hands as they slip away from you again and again.

Value


This mat retails for $80-85 (depending on the length purchased). While this is more expensive than some of the other mats out there, we feel the price is worth it.

Conclusion


One of our testers, a long-time yoga practitioner and teacher, summed it up quite nicely: "I love this mat!" We couldn't agree more. There are many things to love about the Jade Harmony. It has great wet and dry traction, is comfortable on the parts of you that need padding, and it's easy to roll up and tote around. It doesn't have as strong an odor as some of the other mats we tested, and we trust that whatever mystery components are used in this mat are safe and non-toxic. One last reason to love this mat — Jade plants a tree for every mat that they sell, and as of this writing has planted over 1.2 million trees. Ultimately, the Manduka eKO took the edge over this mat due to a slightly wider practice surface, and slightly better ease of care, but the Jade Harmony is still a great purchase.


Cam McKenzie Ring