The Sanuk Yoga Mat 3, with its footbed made out of yoga mat material, really ups the bar on comfort. It feels more like a bedroom slipper than an outdoor shoe and is an affordable option for post-workout recovery and languid summer days. This iteration offers more anatomical contouring on the footbed, and every part of the flip is ready to go on day one with zero break-in required. The trade-off for all this luxury is inferior water resistance, so you'll want something else if you plan to wade through the surf or jump in puddles.If you want more water resistance but hate to sacrifice on comfort, have no fear, the OluKai Ohana, our Best Buy for Comfort, offers the best of both worlds.
Sanuk Yoga Mat 3 - Women's Review
Cons: Absorbs lots of water and takes forever to dry
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Sanuk Yoga Mat 3 - Women's
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|Pros||Highly comfortable, unique footbed, durable||Attractive, supportive, comfortable, adjustable strap||Excellent traction, built in orthotics, very stable||Ankle strap, water resistant, durable, lightweight||Very comfortable, grippy footbed, stable|
|Cons||Absorbs lots of water and takes forever to dry||Stiff, breaking in takes time||Runs big, arch support can hurt if you're not used to it||Contouring by toes is oddly placed, ankle strap can slip||Sporty look, runs a bit big|
|Bottom Line||If comfort is your number one priority, this is an excellent candidate||Stylish, comfortable, and highly supportive, it's an amazing and durable sandal that can handle all manner of activities||Highly stable with impressive traction, it even has built-in orthotics for some of the best support you can get from a flip flop||With great stability from its ankle strap, good water resistance, and decent traction, this is a must-have for the versatile summer adventurer||A superbly comfortable flip flop that handles water well and provides good support|
|Rating Categories||Sanuk Yoga Mat 3 - Women's||Birkenstock Gizeh||Vionic Tide II||Astral Rosa||OluKai Ohana - Women's|
|Support & Stability (20%)|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Sanuk Yoga Mat 3 -...||Birkenstock Gizeh||Vionic Tide II||Astral Rosa||OluKai Ohana -...|
|Sole material||Rubber||EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)||TPR (thermoplastic rubber)||Granite Grip rubber||Non-marking rubber or gum rubber|
|Footbed material||Yoga mat rubber||Cork lined with suede||EVA||Dual-density EVA||Molded EVA with soft ICEVA drop-in footbed|
|Strap Material||Microfiber with neoprene lining||Birko-flor (PVC) lined with fleece||Woven textile fabric and leather with foam lining||Cushioned synthetic leather with knit liner, ankle strap: polyester webbing||Water-resistant synthetic nubuck leather lined with quick-drying jersey knit|
|Width of Strap (inches)||1"||Varied: .75"-2" across top of foot, vertical strap starts at .75" and finishes at 1.5" over toe post||1"||Main: .625"-1", add-on webbing strap: .5"||1"|
|Length of size 9 (inches)||10.75"||10.625" (size 39)||10.25" (size 8)||10.5"||10.75"|
|Length of toe box (just above toe post) (inches)||1.5"||1.25"||2" (size 8)||1.75"||1.75"|
|Weight (pair) (ounces)||12.8 oz||13.5 oz||12.8 oz (size 8)||12.7 oz (11.8 oz w/o ankle straps)||13.7 oz|
|Dry time after being fully submerged||Appear dry in 3 min but saturated footbed still presses out water 20 hours later||Damp but very wearable at 26 min, underside of strap over an hour to fully dry||Footbed 4 min, straps only slightly damp after 30 min||Footbed dry to touch at 7 min but damp with weight until 15 min, main straps dry in 22 min, webbing straps damp but good at 30 min||Feels damp but good by 11 min, fully dry in 40 min|
|Unique features||Made from yoga mats||Adjustable strap, contoured footbed that molds to feet||Built-in orthotic||Extra strap converts flip flop into a hikable sandal||ICEVA (soft EVA) drop-in footbed|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Sanuk Yoga Mat 3 is thick and cushy and great for those that want a foot pampering experience. It's durable and even is cute enough to wear with a casual skirt for a night out on the town. As long as you don't walk through a river (like we did!), this flip will undoubtedly make you very happy indeed.
Top marks for the Yoga Mat 3 in this category! The squishy yoga mat material provides a seriously comfortable and cushioned experience, though it sacrifices a bit of support to achieve this. After a long run or hike when you can't wait to get your sneakers or boots off, this flip is one of the main ones our testers reached for time and time again. Thick soles, soft straps, and microfiber-wrapped toe posts combine for a really lovely experience, though don't expect these to mold to your feet over time — this style retains it's original shape no matter how long you wear it. Some people prefer a flip that will take on a personalized shape, but this sandal is so comfy we don't mind at all if it doesn't change one bit.
Support & Stability
The trade-off for a super cush footbed is less support and stability. While this updated iteration of the Yoga Mat has anatomical heel pads and a bit of arch support, it's still not supportive in the way that some of our top-scorers are. However, it is decently stable due to a bit of heft from the thick sole, so we certainly never felt imbalanced or uncomfortable on jagged, uneven terrain. If you have healthy, strong feet, this will be perfectly adequate; if you have issues such as weak arches or pronation, you may want a slightly more rigid shoe for long step-intensive days.
The Yoga Mat 3 is quite durable, made from high-quality rubber and microfiber. While sharp object should steer clear of the squishy footbed, this isn't a delicate sandal that you have to be overly careful with. The one place where you do need to exercise care, however, is in regards to water. Discussed below, this footbed absorbs water and holds onto it so, if you want your flip to last, we recommend not soaking it in river water repeatedly as we did.
This is the one place that the Yoga Mat's performance tanked. This flip is the opposite of water-resistant — it soaks water up like a sponge and holds onto it for dear life. We gave all our sandals a water test by soaking them in a river and then laying them out in the sun to dry. Most of the contenders took some manner of minutes to dry; a few had damp straps for up to a couple hours. The Yoga Mat, though it looked dry to the eye, was still pressing out water when weighted more than 20 hours later. This may be a great choice for a post-workout recovery shoe, but it's not the one to choose if you're a raft guide or beach bum. That being said, when the footbed is subjected to just small amounts of water it does fine, wicking it away from the surface and drying quickly — it just can't handle more than the occasional splash and sprinkle.
Traction is so-so for the Yoga Mat. We didn't slip and fall, but on steep, slippery terrain, we felt a bit insecure. The treads on the sole aren't very robust or aggressive. Internal footbed traction is better — water and sweat make it feel a little slimy, but overall it's perfectly adequate.
This sandal is more sporty looking than other options in our review, but it could still be paired with a skirt or summer dress. It's got a basic thong design and leather-looking synthetic straps, but it's not highly fashion-forward or unique. However, it's so darn comfortable we couldn't have cared less.
The Yoga Mat 3 is best for those that value comfort and durability and aren't specifically looking for a water-compatible shoe. It's super cozy with just adequate traction and stability, making it perfect for long non-technical walks, casual hangouts, and post-workout recovery.
This flip is moderately priced. You can certainly find cheaper, but for what you get, it's well worth the price tag, especially if you value supreme comfort.
The Sanuk Yoga Mat 3 is a super plush and comfortable flip flop with great durability. Traction and support are less than mind-blowing, and water resistance is terrible, but if what you need is a stable, durable, and highly comfortable flip for running errands, walking the dog, and pampering tired feet, this is an option that will make you very happy.
— Penney Garrett