Member Since: 10/12/07
Arrived yesterday. It looks great in my garage.
The product is undoubtedly the best surface that I have practiced on. The footing is great, and even with the mats placed directly on the concrete, I can still take a fairly hard fall. If you are one of those dojos that cannot build a sub-floor or need to take up the mats after practice, I don't think there is a better solution out there for you.
My wife has been doing "boot camp" exercises in the garage, and she loves them. If you are doing striking, your footwork can remain fast. Each 5' x 10' mat weighs less than 35 pounds, and moving all of the mats was a breeze with just one person.
The flexi-connect option is fantastic. The previous flexi-roll required tape. Tape is a bit of a pain if you have to put them down every night. When you line up the flexi-roll correctly it looks seamless.
They do charge a little bit more for the flexi-connect option. It will also delay the delivery for about a week. But in the long run, so what? I'm in my 50's now, and I want the best surface to move and land on. A few dollar more investment for the flexi-connect and 2" thickness instead of 1.25" is insignificant over the life of the mats.
If you are a professional martial arts studio, why not give your students the best mats to practice on? That's why OCJTC has always used Swain Mats, and why we built an incredible sub floor that is seriously the best around, once we had our own space. I'm thinking of building the Denver Floating Floor system with the OCJTC modification so I can do some real nagekomi drills on it in my garage. If you don't want to be a lunatic and build a floating floor system in your garage, the Swain/Dollamur crash pads are awesome.
Anyway, if you are considering home mats for your garage, or mats for your dojo or gym, go with Swain/Dollamur. Chuck Jefferson is the best guy to speak with. His e-mail is email@example.com or you can reach him at 408-370-4040 or 800-662-4616. Website is http://swainmats.com