** NEW MODEL INTRODUCED March 2023** New model has less grip than previously, this mid range grip model can be used for standup and groundwork.
Light weight XPE roll out mats for rapid deployment of MMA flooring. These mats quickly Velcro together to ensure you have minimal setup time.
These foam mats are a scientific wonder in and of themselves. XPE foam is a cross-linked polyethylene foam which is made through a process of high-pressure and heat, but the major key that sets it apart from other mats is that XPE foam is made in long sheets. Using a sheet extrusion machine, XPE foam is stretched over metal rollers, casting a long, continuous mat which can be made to any length. This process doesn’t involve any greasy release agents which could cause a slippery surface.
In contrast, EVA foam mats are created when EVA plastic is heated and injected into mould. The foam is left to cool and expand, and after a set amount of time, the mould is opened and the EVA foam mat is taken out. The mould is coated in a release agent, a chemical emulsion which stops the EVA foam from sticking to the mould. In very many ways, it’s like a non-stick coating on a pan, and just like that EVA foam mats suffer from the greasy discharge of this release agent. This coating disappears after a short period of time, but for those initial sparring sessions you lose the traction you so desperately need.
When you buy XPE mats, you purchase a quality mat, of which you can expect to experience the same level of grip from the first day that you use it. There’s no breaking-in period. These rollout mats feature a vinyl coating which is welded at the corners to avoid tearing. They easily Velcro together, and this helps you to avoid the mats coming apart and creating gaps which can cause injuries. These XPE mats won’t leave a residue, and will stay firmly in place even after jarring throws or swift blitz maneuvers.