Gear Stack Review // Yoga Gear For Stability
Definition: “Gear Stacking - combining various types of cool gear and/or hot tech to enhance your workout.”
Challenge: Slipping sliding away or toppling over…on your yoga mat.
Solution: Gear to give you 100% stability on the mat.
Affirmats Yoga Mat & Manduka Pro: 50% Why we love em: It's a hard choice between the two because they both have their strengths. The long-time Gold standard for Yogis, the Manduka Pro does edge out Affirmats in overall stickiness. However, you might suffer a bit in standing balancing poses because of the thicker mat. Manduka is also much heavier which isn't too big a deal for a home yoga practice but you'll feel it if you're lugging it to class. I'm always the last one to finish rolling up and stowing it after Savasana. Still if you really need "sticky" the Pro is a winner. All that said I"m a sucker for soul-stirring products. The cool quotes on Affirmats are not just for show. They really do inspire you; knowing I'm going to be greeted with "Rise and Shine On!" has more than once gotten me out of bed at 5am. These eco-friendly, Jute blend mats are slip-resistant but not as much as the Pro. However, I've found that this has forced me to be conscientious in grounding my hands and feet in certain poses...which I need to do anyway. The big plus for me was that Affirmats are the more traditional thickness so I'm much more stable in standing poses. (I admit not falling out of Bird of Paradise is an ego thing for me, which probably violates a couple of yoga sutras, but there you have it.) Mats $66 @ affirmats.com Use code: Affirmation Love for free shipping. Manduka $78-$128 @ manduka.com
FitFour Neo Grip Gloves: 30% Why we love it: Hand slipping is more common than foot slipping for most of us. If you’ve got extra dry (like me) or extra sweaty palms you may still slip on the grippiest mats. These cool little gloves were designed for crossfit but they are absolutely PERFECT for yoga. Made of durable high-density neoprene these gloves are low profile with silicone grips on the palms. Fitfour sells several versions of the gloves (including the Anti-Ripper and the Gripper) but we opted for the Neo Grip in all black for yoga. There was no slippage at all with these babies. NOTE: follow the fit guide on their site to choose your size. Neo Grips $30 @ fitfour.com If you're a first time customer you can use code TRYME for 10% off.
Nike Studio Wrap: 20% Why we love it: Both mats do a pretty good job with foot stability but if you want to crank it up a notch and your Tendu Grips are in the wash, the Studio Wrap is your best bet. Like the FitFour gloves, the studio wrap combines neoprene and silicone grips to keep your feet stable on the mat. Lightweight and super comfortable you’ll forget they’re there. Normally I don’t like anything between my toes but the Studio Wraps didn’t bother me at all. NOTE: There's also Studio Wrap Pack that includes a shoe and ballet ribbon. But we found the shoe not so comfortable and not worth the extra spend. Studio Wrap $55 @ nike.com
A note on towels: Yoga towels will also help some folks increase grip. But we find these work best in hot yoga. Personally I tend to get my feet all tangled up in them during class so I save them for a Savasana cover-up at the end. For great towel options check out Affirmats selection of yoga towels .