The Black Mat Pro is my best friend. We have a special, intimate relationship. This mat cradles and coddles my sensitive joints. It lovingly protects my once immobilized ankles and toes. Practice on this mat has opened up a whole new world of Vinyasa possibilities and allowed my arm balancing practice to flourish without ruining my wrists. We've got a good thing going on, the Black Mat and I. But it's an open relationship. We like to share... with the eQua towel, that is. The Black Mat is great by itself, but traction is lacking for we sweaty yogis.
Enter the eQua. I have two of these towels and I love them both. The grip is superb, even when the towel is completely soaked (eeew, I know, but it happens) and, for the most part, it stays in place throughout the practice. But now that I'm practicing Ashtanga, I'm finding that the incessant jump backs, especially on those days when lift off isn't quite so light, are dragging the towel around. Sometimes it feels as though straightening the mat towel is an official part of the jump through to seated, and I don't like it. It's distracting. So I'm considering investing in a Mysore rug, and since Manduka has always been so good to me, I went there first.
I'm put off by the ridges. I can see myself developing severe neuroses regarding my stance and placement of the hands in the asanas. Precision is good. Anal retentive is bad. Or perhaps both simply are. In any case, I'm about to shell out the dough unless the interwebs (that's you!) have anything to say about it. So, rug vs. towel: which takes it?