Our dojo is in the market for new Mats. So far the leading contender is Zebra, but some of our members are concerned that these will be too hard.
At the moment we have some fairly squishy Resilite mats, that Velcro together. The Zebra proponents contend that the old mats actually have less shock-absorbent capacity, but we could certainly use experienced opinions.
Some details that might help:
•We need to take the mats up every week, as we share the space with a Tai Chi studio.
•Our demographics are on the old side, with an average age of mid-forties, and our eldest members in their seventies.
•The floor under the mats is wooden, but unsprung, and laid directly over concrete, so no extra cushion there.
•Mat stowage space is limited; we can't store pads any bigger than Zebra's.