Sky Mat Comfort Anti Fatigue Mat Review
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20″ x 32″ x 3/4″
Brick Red (or Wine Red), Indigo Blue, Midnight Black, Desert Khaki, Light Brown, Gray, Brown
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|Quality and Aesthetics
|Low price. Available in 7 different colors. Good grip on carpeted floor.
|Colors may differ between orders and even sizes. Unreliable quality. A noticeable chemical odor can give you slight vertigo or a full blown headache.
The Sky Mat looks like a dream on paper regardless of what you’re buying it for: to stand at your height adjustable desk, or to cook healthy dinners at your kitchen counter. It’s available in a generous selection of colors and has a textured pattern that gives it more depth and flair compared to any plain smooth mat. Priced well below $50, it’s offered in three different sizes to fit almost any space. What’s not to love? Well, quite a bit…
When we got a huge box delivered to our office with an enclosed message from Sky Solutions’s co-founder Mike Tecku styled in low-tech futuristic fashion (asking buyers to request a new mat before leaving a negative review) and Do Not Fold print out message, we were both impressed and surprised with the excessive packaging that ensured the mat shipped flat and didn’t dangle within the package. Not always the case with customer orders, which may include defiantly folded mats stuffed under the Do Not Fold message.
The Indigo Blue mat looks a bit less striking in real life than it does in the image (it’s considerably lighter), but the smallest available size of 20” x 32” offers enough real estate for most users. A few hours in, we noticed the chemical odor, followed by dizziness that later turned into headache.
Taking to the Amazon user review section, we saw quite a few negative reviews that consistently showed the mat’s failure rate to be a few months of service. Prone to flaking, creasing, and puncturing, the mat cannot always withstand a full year. In fact, it may not even make it to that milestone. And of course, you may take advantage of its Lifetime Warranty and a 30-Day Return policy, but firstly, the company doesn’t always honor the warranty, and secondly, it wouldn’t improve the mat’s quality and degradation rate.
Let’s press on to the performance. The Sky Mat is very comfortable the first 30 minutes or less, especially without shoes. Then compression reaches the level where the ¾ thickness is almost halved, which means it’s only slightly better than standing on a cushy carpet. If you’re wearing shoes, the mat compresses much faster, given it’s got low-quality foam backing. Heel wearers beware, as even your kitten heels may leave puncture holes at the bottom of your Sky Mat.
We really tried to love the Sky Mat, as it’s a joy both to look at and to feel with socked feet. Unfortunately, it’s far from being on par with its competitors. Chemical odor, inconsistent and cheap quality, fast degradation, and frequent shipping blunders make it impossible for us to recommend it to anyone. Finally, while it’s being marketed for its highest quality materials, the Sky Mat is one of those products that you’ll have to replace every six months, which will only result in creating more waste.
Whether you’re looking to add an anti-fatigue mat to your office or kitchen, we recommend spending a little more and investing in a better quality mat. See our standing desk mat comparison review for other options. And explore the active mat category if you’re a fidgeter.
Anti-fatigue mats are the perfect pairing with an ergonomic balance board for a standing desk to compliment your static standing time with dynamic standing movement.
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