I have tried just about every "natural" yoga mat out there...and this is by far the best. First, at 78" it's much longer and also little wider than even most premium mats -- great for tall folks and long-legged gals like me. But the biggest plus is the amazing grip of this mat. My hands never slip at all, even in a long long down dog or a very sweaty practice. I've used the Jade mat which is nice but move around underfoot; Natural Fitness which is better than Jade, but still has some movement; and recently I tried the Manduka EkoMat which looks beautiful and is soft underfoot, but just doesn't have the grip of Prana's mat. I recommend this mat completely.