Shopping on Amazon can be hit or miss. And while you wouldn't think buying a good yoga mats would be such a tricky endeavor — it's a layer of rubbery foam, what's the big deal? — it can actually be pretty tough. You can't tell from an Amazon picture if a yoga mat is haunted by a persistent and nauseating chemical smell. Or if it turns insanely slippery at the first drop of sweat. Or if it offers not enough padding to protect your joints from bruises — or too much, leaving you at risk of a rolled ankle.
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