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Yoloha Native Cork Review

This mat combines rubber and cork for a truly grippy mat dry or wet.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $140 List | $139.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to clean, lightweight, tons of traction dry or wet
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Yoloha
By Bo Outland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 16, 2019
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  • Comfort & Stability - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 8
  • Durability - 15% 9
  • Traction Dry - 20% 8
  • Traction Wet - 20% 10
  • Ease of Care - 20% 10

Our Verdict

Yin? Hot flow? The Yoloha is exceptionally versatile for all types of yoga. First and foremost, we love how simple this mat is to clean. Cork is a natural cleaning agent that relieves the stress of having to rigorously clean your mat, especially if you have a regular practice. It also dries very quickly if you want to use it twice in one day. The top of the mat features an eco-friendly rubber and cork combination, which creates an insane amount of traction, no matter if the mat is wet or dry. The rubber on the bottom provides the perfect amount of cushion; it will not impede you during balancing postures but allows you to sit on your knees comfortably. We also love how durable this mat is, and it'll lay flat on any surface. Weighing in at four pounds and three ounces, it is the lightest and most high-quality mat we've tested.


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Pros Easy 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-qualityGrid for alignment, non-slip, eco-friendly rubber
Cons ExpensiveHeavy, strong odor, easily scratchedNot as much cushion as a regular 5mm mat, somewhat slippery when dryThinExpensive, slippery when too wet
Bottom Line 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.Features a grid for alignment; a great mat for a new or experienced yogi looking to improve their yoga.
Rating Categories Yoloha Native Cork Lululemon The Reversible Mat Aurorae Synergy Lululemon Reversible (Un) GuruGrid Eco-Friendly Premium
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Specs Yoloha Native Cork Lululemon The... Aurorae Synergy Lululemon... GuruGrid...
Materials Cork and recycled rubber Polyurethane, Rubber, Latex Bottom: Polymer Environmental Resin, Top: Microfiber towel Polyurethane Natural Rubber and Polyurethane
Measured Weight 3 lbs 3.8 oz 5 lbs 7 oz 3 lbs 10 oz 2 lbs 3 oz 4 lbs 7.5 oz
Length 72 in 71 in 72 in 71 in 72 in
Width 26 in 26 in 24 in 26 in 24 in
Thickness 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm 1.5 mm 3.5 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Yoloha Native Yoga Mat wins the Editors Choice Award, as it offers up exceptional performance in all of our metrics, and is the most versatile of the bunch. We're firm believers that the best yoga mat is one you don't think about during practice and holds steady with any pose you throw at it. Cork is a natural cleaning agent, and for that reason, it was easy to maintain. It also doesn't have a rubbery smell and has no break-in period. Quality was maintained throughout testing, and wet and dry traction was unmatched.

Performance Comparison




Ease of Care


The Native features a combo rubber and cork top, which is what makes it truly unique. Because of this combo, there is no strong rubber smell, unlike many mats on the market. To top it off, there is no break-in period - this mat will have the same quality of use from the first practice to the 50th! The Native does not hold onto sweaty smells; the cork is antimicrobial, stopping any potential growth and stinky smells. How do we know? One reviewer has used this mat for many years.


If you are a regular practitioner of yoga (4-5 times a week), you'll want to spray this mat down once a week. If you're practicing hot yoga, give it a quick spray down after every year. The only cleaning you need to do for this mat is spray and wipe it down; once you get home, unroll it and let it dry overnight, and it'll be ready to go for the next practice. The simplicity of cleaning the Native is refreshing.

The Yoloha mat rolls up really easily and does not unroll on its own.
The Yoloha mat rolls up really easily and does not unroll on its own.

Traction Dry


The traction of the Yoloha is exceptional, no matter if your mat is wet or dry. The rubber and cork combo makes the Native unique. When we compared the Native to the Gaiam Cork, we discovered that the Gaiam only has a cork topper.


The Yohola website states that the mat performs best with a drizzle of water before practice. However, thanks to the rubber component, it provides excellent performance, even if you forget to dab water on beforehand.

Traction Wet


The owner of the company found the benefits of using cork as a non-slip surface by creating surfboards in his garage. He realized that if cork could be used as a non-slip surface on a surfboard, then it would make great material for a yoga mat.


Enter the Yoloha. Superior in its non-slip qualities, especially when wet, it does not become slippery. The thick cork top absorbs sweat and creates more traction, creating a safe area to practice.

The Native provides plenty of cushion for your joints in poses like Camel.
The Native provides plenty of cushion for your joints in poses like Camel.

Comfort and Stability


The Yoloha provides the perfect amount of comfort for your knees but is not so cushy that it impairs balancing poses.


When the mat is rolled, it creates a ripple in the rubber on the bottom. This effect provides a surprising amount of cushion and support when on the ground. We tested this mat on many different surfaces such as wood, beach, stone, and in a studio, and found that it still provides adequate cushion on all surfaces. However, if you're after a super-cushioned mat, this is not the mat for you.

The ripples on the bottom of the Native help provide more cushion for your joints.
The ripples on the bottom of the Native help provide more cushion for your joints.

While the mat itself is very comfortable, it can slip or move around on the floor during practice. This does not affect the overall comfort of the mat.

The Native Mat vs. the Gaiam Performance Cork mat. As you can see  the Gaiam mat does not lay as flat.
The Native Mat vs. the Gaiam Performance Cork mat. As you can see, the Gaiam mat does not lay as flat.

It rolls out easily and lies very flat, especially compared to Giam Performance Cork. If it does become kinked (from say, another item being placed on top of it), kinks are easy to smooth out; you can roll it out in the opposite direction or place a block on the mat.

Durability


Durable is seen here in the form of the mat's ability to keep out microorganisms.


The rubber and cork combo ensures the mat remains intact. In our experience, when rolling over your toes in up-dog to down-dog, it creates wear and tear on that section of your mat. With the Yohola, it withstands the wear and tear that a consistent practitioner brings to their mat, even over a long period of time. After our testing period, our mat was looking just as fresh as the day we bought it.

Portability


The Yoloha is by far the lightest and easiest to transport.


When we placed the Yoloha on our scale, we were surprised to learn it only weighs three pounds and four ounces, which is surprisingly low for the high quality it offers. It stays rolled up and is easy to transport to and from practice on a bike, on foot, or while riding a bus.

The Yoloha mat stays rolled well; comparison photo of the Gaiam Performance Cork.
The Yoloha mat stays rolled well; comparison photo of the Gaiam Performance Cork.

Value


While this mat has a steep price tag, it's well worth the price. If you practice yoga regularly, this mat is absolutely worth the investment, as it will definitely last you a long time. In fact, one of our testers has practiced on the same Yoloha for years. Purchasing a mat that will stand the test of time is also excellent for your wallet and the environment.

Conclusion


The Yoloha Native is our top choice. We love how easy it is to clean, and the cork and rubber combination is unlike any yoga mat we have reviewed. When wet or dry, the traction is exceptional, and its light weight ensures it's easy to get from point a to point b. It uses eco-friendly rubber and its longevity ensures it's an ideal option for the environment.


Bo Outland