I ordered 120 square feet of the 7/8" tatami mats for portable home use in my living room. My family trains karate (stand up striking), jiu-jitsu (ground work grappling), and general calisthenics fitness on these.
The kids love leaving them out to play on and even watch movies on. They've also found that the puzzle edges allow you to build many boxes and triangles creating excellent forts! So, that's an unexpected side benefit ;)
We've had them for about 2 weeks now. Overall I am satisfied. I was able to order these brand new with shipping included for less than some local sellers were selling used mats... so the price is excellent.
The quality is good. Puzzle interlocks are cut very well and fit nicely together. The tatami finish has a nice texture.
Out of the box the tiles are dry to the touch but have a slippery feel. You would not want to do any serious stand up striking/foot-work on these until they've been used a little bit to wear off the slippery. This doesn't take long though, after only a couple grappling sessions they feel like normal. I think just wiping them down with some old towels would do the trick.
The mats provide a lot of cushion. They are not too marshmallowy to stand on, but you can definitely feel them squish a bit under foot. Rolling/wrestling on them is very comfortable. I specifically picked the tatami version over the 1" grappling mats because I expected the tatami mats to be a bit more compressed and less squishy than the grappling mats, making them more useful for stand up work.
They mats are secure, the only time I've had them come loose is when we are grappling along the outer edge and someone pushes out hard on the outer row, then the puzzle pieces can pull free, but it's a quick and easy fix and none of the puzzle edges have ripped.
The surface is not terribly strong. We have to be careful to pick them up after use and make sure all pets have well-trimmed claws if they might wander across them. Ours have a few small claw holes in them after a couple weeks of ownership until we realized we needed to pay a bit more attention to this. I do not believe these would stand up very well to any type of foot wear. If these were being used in any sort of self-defense class I'd be concerned about people wearing any sort of shoes on them. Note: I dont think the manufacturer intends these for anything other than bare foot use... just wanted to point it out to potential buyers.
The size is excellent for home use because the 2'x2' squares are easy to stack and store without taking up an unusual amount of space. For comparison I often train in a dojo that has the 40" square Century puzzle mats. The Century mats have a stronger surface and are harder overall but would be difficult to store in a home environment due to their size. I believe rubberflooringinc.com sells a similar type mat that is comparable to the Century mat and I would probably favor those in any sort of commercial space because they might be a bit stronger.
Overall, I'm very happy with these for recreational home use. I may likely order more in the future for a bit more mat space and if a few get damaged I would order replacements.
My knees were tired of doing Insanity and Plyometrics on my concrete garage floor. I got these tiles and the installation took about ten minutes. I did not have to do any kind of cutting so installation times may increase. For me it was more of a plug and play installation. They look great and the stress on my knees is WAY less! I was worried that they would be too "squishy", but they were just right for any type of workouts. I would not place them under heavy equipment. They are definitely worth getting for a workout area and I am planning on getting more for the kids playroom.
I installed 120 ft.² of these tiles (30) for my concrete basement floor so that I could do my T25 and P90X3 workout programs without joint pain. These absorb the jumping impact so well without being too cushy to simply walk on. They feel firm to walk on, but when you jump, they compress and rebound quite nicely so that you don't "sink in" and lose your balance during one-legged complex movements.
Get some! Your joints will thank you!
Product was well priced and better quality than anything I found in local stores, very pleased with my purchase
I'm a cabinetmaker & finish carpenter and have never liked kneepads. These 2x2 pads are perfect for work. They are very lightweight but dense enough and thick enough to cushion your knees well. And the price is unbeatable. I have 8 pads, 32 square feet that cost about $50 total versus well over $120 for anything comparable.
I bought these with the though of covering a few areas for exercise and general purpose. They worked so well, I decided to cover the entire floor with them for my wife's workout room. They are very comfortable, have a good amount of grip with shoes or barefoot. However, I would not recommend socks. If I ever need more flooring like this, I will definitely get more!
We just purchased these and they look great in my basement that I use as a gym! A little slippery with stability balls but just put down a mat underneath if it's an issue. Love the look, feel and that their is no rubbery smell and so easy to install!
My sons karate dojo has tiles like these and I figured why not get some for home. They are great and now we can practice at home without Mom getting too mad or worried.
I have a son with severe autism. He has in home ABA staffing that come into the home. He needed a dedicated therapy space and these where perfect. They are thick enough that we can sit on the floor for hours with him if needed. The floor is safe if he self harms. I love these.
They were good just what I need.
Great for extra room to do exercise, stretches, etc. Not too soft and not too hard. Just right.
Excellent product-we use them for weight training and BJJ rolling.
I liked the look, convenience of the act of buying and transport, and it delivers on all it promised.
I very rarely do online reviews but these floor tiles are perfect. I installed them over hardwood flooring for a playroom. Used to be a billiards room but times change. I'm thinking about installing them in my unfinished basement, putting up some wall pads and building out a wide open free play space for kids.
I ordered these mats for my daughter to practice taekwondo at home. Her school uses Zebra brand mats and these are very similar. They are great quality, nice and thick, easy to put down...we love them. I just placed a second order to add to the size of her practice area.
Great product, just wished that it was a little more slip resistant. Otherwise, I would recommend it for your training purposes.
7/8" "Tatami" interlocking floor tiles works wonders for my wife who has walking difficulties. The surface prevents her from sliding and the padding lessens the impact of a fall when it occurs.
I assembled my rubber mat about a month ago and I'm very happy with the product as well as the customer service. I assembled it myself with it in about 10 minutes. One of the beveled Edge pieces was incorrect so I called customer service who was extremely helpful and friendly. I received the correct piece the next day! I use a light vacuum on a setting intended for high pile carpet in order to keep it debris free and I use a wet rag with a mild dish soap to mop it weekly. I would definitely recommend this product.
Love it, goes together easy and comfortable enough to sleep on!
I have had these mats in my garage now for almost a year. They are great. Excellent quality. They do absorb impact quite well because I have fallen while working on spin kicks and I have not broken anything or had serious injuries. I really think these are very good. I've just purchase a few more to make my surface a bit bigger - so that I don't miss the mat and hit the concrete the next time I fall during a spin! Great customer service too.