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PRODUCT REVIEW

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat

There’s a reason why Hugger Mugger Para Rubber is a top-shelf yoga mat in the realms of yoga. Yogis like it for the exceptional gripping and cushioning it provides – the combination that can be hard to find in one mat.

But there’s also a sustainability aspect that continues to draw customers in decades after the company launched its yoga mats. The brand is renowned for its eco-friendly manufacturing practices that make it stand out from competitors.

Available in 5 different colors, Para Rubber is widely used not only for yoga but also pilates and barre workouts that demand a non-slip surface. Whether you’re an outdoors-practice-with-sunrise kind of person or a late-night-at-home pilates enthusiast, this mat has got you covered.

Designed for all heights, shapes, and sizes, it is truly an all-around yoga mat that is guaranteed to help you make progress faster. And we’re here for it (and you should be, too).

Read on to find out how well Hugger Mugger Para Rubber performs.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy

  • Made of sustainable and renewable rubber with no trees from the Amazon forest
  • The natural rubber makes it super tear-resistant and long-lasting
  • The 6 mm of thickness hit the sweet spot between being too thin and too cushiony
  • Both sides of the mat have a great grip and are slip-free
  • The mat looks and feels luxurious
  • 2 inches longer than standard mats

Reasons NOT to buy

  • It’s much heavier than most yoga mats
  • The mat will have an initial rubber-induced smell
  • Those with latex allergies should steer clear from it

Review

  • DiveIn Score: 4.8/5
  • Quality: 4.8/5
  • Comfort: 4.8/5
  • Performance: 4.9/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.7/5

When we first got Hugger Mugger Para Rubber in the mail, we were taken aback by how hefty it is. This isn’t the typical travel-friendly yoga mat that you can throw in a suitcase or attach to a backpack and go on adventures with.

That being said, if you practice yoga at home or in the yoga studio only, portability shouldn’t be a concern for you. Offering you the same – if not better – the level of support as a portable yoga mat, it has what it takes to become your go-to fitness companion. Thick construction is there, tear-resistant rubber is there too, and so are the eye-catching patterns.

It can very much last you a lifetime with proper care.

See the complete list of the best Yoga Mats here!

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat Overview

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat: Key Specifications

  • Material: 100% Natural rubber
  • Thickness: 6 mm
  • Length: 70 inches
  • Weight: 6.1 lbs.
  • Care Instructions: Wipe it down with a wet towel soaked in warm water and mild dish soap solution. Let it air dry out in a dark place away from the sun.
  • Warranty: Not specified

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Quality

Don’t be alarmed by the initial rubbery smell of the mat – it will go away after the first wash. This is something you’ll have to overlook as this is the nature of the Para Rubber yoga mat. On a brighter note, this is how you know it’s made from natural ingredients that don’t include any harmful toxins.

Some might think that rubber can easily rip with applied pressure, but this isn’t the case with this Hugger Mugger’s mat. It’s as durable as a yoga mat can get, which means that you can do your favorite yoga poses and not worry about damaging it.

P.S. Do not wash it in the washing machine – it’s a hand wash yoga mat only.

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat Quality

Comfort

As you would expect from a 6mm yoga mat, sensitive joints aren’t an obstacle to a comfortable yoga session. This rings particularly true with Para Rubber mat. No matter how careful you usually have to be when doing a pigeon or a scorpion pose, you can rest assured that neither your elbows nor your knees will suffer in the process.

Apart from the cushioning, the dimensions of the mat are every height-inclusive too. Even if you’re almost 6 feet tall, you can still get the most out of the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber yoga mat and not feel restricted by its length whatsoever.

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat Comfort

Performance

Given the generous cushioning and on-point gripping, this mat is nothing short of extraordinary when it comes to performance. There’s quite literally nothing you cannot do with this mat and this is its strongest suit.

What’s more, you don’t even need a towel for hot yoga – that’s how sticky both sides of the mat are. Sweat as much as you wish and you’re still not likely to slip at any point throughout the practice. As you can tell, this mat can get addictive.

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat Performance

Price/Quality

You get good value for your money with this Hugger Mugger’s Para Rubber mat. It’s sturdy, easy to use, and allegedly fairly long-lasting. We’d go as far as to speculate that it’s because of its durability that the company didn’t specify the warranty for the mat – it’s made to last.

But this doesn’t take away from the mat’s steep price tag. It’s intimidating and can throw many yogis off from purchasing it if the benefits aren’t prominent. And we get it – this is an investment not everyone is willing to make. But once you have, you won’t be disappointed if it’s your stay-at-home mat.

Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat Close Up

What We Like

  • Made of sustainable and renewable rubber with no trees from the Amazon forest
  • The natural rubber makes it super tear-resistant and long-lasting
  • The 6 mm of thickness hit the sweet spot between being too thin and too cushiony
  • Both sides of the mat have a great grip and are slip-free
  • The mat looks and feels luxurious
  • 2 inches longer than standard mats

What We Don’t Like

  • It’s much heavier than most yoga mats
  • The mat will have an initial rubber-induced smell
  • Those with latex allergies should steer clear from it

Buy This Yoga Mats If:

Some happy customers call it ‘the zen you need’, others say ‘it’s worth the rubber aroma’. We cannot help but agree with them all. The mat is of high quality – which is fully reflected in the price – and it shows.

The odds of slipping are low and the odds of enjoying your yoga session are high. Add the eco-friendliness characteristic, and you’ve got a worthy yoga mat that is bound to transform your fitness and/or spiritual journey for the better.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat

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    What is the best eco-friendly yoga mat?

    Hugger Mugger Para Rubber joins the group of eco-friendly yoga mats like Yogo Travel and Jade Yoga Voyager that use sustainable manufacturing practices. It has earned a good reputation as it makes use of non-Amazon sources only.

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    How heavy is the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber yoga mat?

    Unlike some other yoga mats available on the market, Hugger Mugger Para Rubber weighs a whopping 6.1 pounds. This might sound extreme for some – and in comparison with other naturally-produced mats, it probably is – but if your priorities include a high level of stability, you’ll come to appreciate this mat.

    If you know that you’ll be keeping your yoga mat strictly in a yoga studio or at home and not carry it from one place to another, Para Rubber is your best bet.

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    Are Hugger Mugger yoga mats grippy?

    Slipping during your yoga class is common. With Hugger Mugger Para Rubber, it’s a lot less common. This is due to the sticky surface(s) of the mat that doesn’t let you lose your balance at any point throughout the practice.

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    Can I do hot yoga with Hugger Mugger mat?

    Even though this mat isn’t sweat-absorbent, you can still do hot yoga on it. Whether you decide to use a towel or not is up to you – the gripping will remain almost unchanged regardless.

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    How do you clean a Hugger Mugger mat?

    Taking care of a rubber yoga mat is no different from taking care of a regular yoga mat. The brand suggests you use a wet towel soaked in warm water and a mild dish soap solution to get rid of bacteria gathered on the surface of the mat and hang it to air dry.

    P.S. Do not use a paper towel when cleaning your Para Rubber mat – you don’t want the pieces of paper to get stuck to your mat in the process.

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