I've had a cheap yoga mat most of my life but wanted an upgrade. Here's my take 1. it does not have any chemical smell 2. The non-slip surface is great. 3. I love the sustainability aspect of the product. I try and do my part and this matt helps 4. the overall feeling is of quality and durability, this doesn't feel cheap. I do yoga everyday and I look forward to it everyday now with this mat. Highly recommended.