The 7 Best Yoga Mat Straps, Slings, and Handles of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Prana Tote Mat Holder at Amazon

"This is the creme de la creme of the mat straps I tried… makes carrying even the heaviest mats comfortable."

Best Budget: Hugger Mugger Simple Sling at Amazon

"This very aptly named Simple Strap works great on lighter mats… the price is very right."

Most Sturdy: Manduka The Commuter at Amazon

"A handsome and functional buckle holds your mat in this tension strap and distinguishes it from the pack."

Best Non-Slip: Lululemon Loop It Up Mat Strap at Lululemon

"The webbing material used to make this strap quite slick… works a little better on thicker mats than on thin ones."

Best with Bag: Gaiam On-the-Go Mat Bag at Amazon

"The barest minimum of a yoga bag, comprised of a sling and a pocket, at a very nice price."

Best Style: Empower Clutch at Amazon

"This clutch is eye-catching… if you need a basic mat, it's a cute option."

Best No-Frills: Prana Mat Rap at Amazon

"Admirable in its simplicity and works well for lighter-weight mats."

Our Top Picks

1

Best Overall: Prana Tote Mat Holder

Type: Strap
Closure: Velcro

This is the creme de la creme of the mat straps I tried. The nice wide padded strap makes carrying even the heaviest mats (Manduka PRO, for instance) comfortable. The velcro closure keeps the mat in place, though yoga class latecomers should know that it makes a fair amount of noise when you open it. (Could this be the incentive you need to come on time?) And it comes in some eye-catching colored patterns as well as basic black. ​

2

Best Budget: Hugger Mugger Simple Sling

Type: Strap
Closure: Velcro

This very aptly named Simple Strap works great on lighter mats (less than five pounds, say). The strapping is a little thin to handle heavier mats. Plus the price is very right.

3

Most Sturdy: Manduka The Commuter

Type: Strap
Closure: Tension

A handsome and functional buckle holds your mat in this tension strap and distinguishes it from the pack. The design makes it easy to get the sturdy strap on and off and keeps the mat from sliding around while you are carrying it. 

4

Best Non-Slip: Lululemon Loop It Up Mat Strap

Lululemon Loop It Up Mat Strap
Courtesy of Lululemon

Type: Strap
Closure: Tension

The webbing material used to make this strap quite slick, giving it a tendency to slip when you're not holding it. It works a little better on thicker mats than on thin ones.

5

Best with Bag: Gaiam On-the-Go Mat Bag

Type: Sling
Closure: Velcro and Magnetic Snaps

The barest minimum of a yoga bag, comprised of a sling and a pocket, at a very nice price. There is an interior strap to keep your mat from sliding out. It’s an appealing design and looks sharp, but keep in mind that it will have you carrying your mat horizontally, which can be awkward.

6

Best Style: Empower Clutch

Type: Handle
Closure: Velcro

This clutch is so eye-catching that I stopped a woman at my gym to ask her where she got it. It turns out that it is only sold with the Empower mat, which is a basic PVC mat. Because the design, in which one handle slips through the other and velcros down on the other side, is size specific, it only works with pretty thin mats. If you need a basic mat, it's a cute option.

7

Best No-Frills: Prana Mat Rap

Type: Handle
Closure: Velcro

The Prana Mat Rap is admirable in its simplicity and works well for lighter-weight mats but begins to strain with mats above around five pounds. The velcro closure keeps mats wrapped up tight, making it a good option for wrangling your mat into your closet (I speak from experience!).

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