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Your favorite mat?

    Thu, 2008-02-14 10:25 — sonicbh

    Ok so I am buying some more mats for our gym and wanted to get everyone's opinion on what there favorite mat is, Swain, Zebra, Dollumar .... I also wanted to get your opinion on where is the best place to get mats? Any help would be appreciated. Trying to find a good mats but want to keep it inexpensive as possible.

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    WVgrappler's picture

    Cheapest option is puzzle mats.

    Not good for throws.

    IMO wrestling mats are the best for the following:

    -few seams.
    -smooth surface.
    -durable.
    -moveable.
    -double sided (practice and competition).
    -35,000 high schools can't be wrong.

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    KibunInc's picture

    We use rubber tire shavings with a custom cover over them. This makes for a good mat that you can control the thickness and the size of the mat.

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    WVgrappler's picture

    KibunInc;19325 wrote:
    We use rubber tire shavings with a custom cover over them. This makes for a good mat that you can control the thickness and the size of the mat.

    How do you keep the shavings from shifting under the tarp and causing low areas?

    Do you have to take the tarp off and rake the shavings to keep them uniform?

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    lucifer_z28's picture

    the way kibun mentioned is the best cost efficient mat... if you have the money tatamis style are the best like zebra mats but if you have tourneys or like to move your mats around alot i would go with swain flexi roll because they are easy to move.

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    KibunInc's picture

    We move the tire shavings around about once every year. As listed above Zebra mats are very good.

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    TheComish's picture

    We used to have the mat with the tire shavings... it's ok to roll, but I wouldn't advise very many throws or big takedowns. After we moved into our new location we got bomb ass flexi roll Dollumar mats. It's like night and day. The Dollumar mats are very good, and roll out easily.

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    KibunInc's picture

    TheComish;19421 wrote:
    We used to have the mat with the tire shavings... it's ok to roll, but I wouldn't advise very many throws or big takedowns. After we moved into our new location we got bomb ass flexi roll Dollumar mats. It's like night and day. The Dollumar mats are very good, and roll out easily.

    I am not familiar with these mats. Do you roll them out to practice throws on or do you have to roll them out to train everyday?

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19428 wrote:
    I am not familiar with these mats. Do you roll them out to practice throws on or do you have to roll them out to train everyday?

    hello,

    dollamur. they make ncaa style wrestling mats (with the circles) and a flexible mat that somewhat resembles boards when rolled up.

    you can do either. use it as permanent surface, or just roll out as needed. they can be mats themselves, or as an upgrade to existing ones (rolled out over puzzle mats for throwing).

    not sure the price, but amazon.com sells them and likely they have thier own website somewhere.

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    Cool thanks for the info. I am just too lazy to roll out a mat everytime I want to train. Sounds good if they could be left layed out.

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    TheComish's picture

    KibunInc;19463 wrote:
    Cool thanks for the info. I am just too lazy to roll out a mat everytime I want to train. Sounds good if they could be left layed out.

    Here are a few pix of the mats upstairs. I'll look for some pix of the mats downstairs a lil later. Yeah we had them rolled out once and leave them down. It would be easy to roll them back up and move them if we had to, but we use them as permanent mats.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    hello,

    wow! didn't even think about the roll out mats for the walls! that has got to be easier than getting the regular mats cut to size (especially around those pillars and such)!

    gonna have to remember that trick!

    thanks

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    TheComish's picture

    lorenzodamarith;19497 wrote:
    hello,

    wow! didn't even think about the roll out mats for the walls! that has got to be easier than getting the regular mats cut to size (especially around those pillars and such)!

    gonna have to remember that trick!

    thanks
    Yep... plus it's best to stick them to large pieces of plywood, and then screw the plywood to the walls. So that way if you want to move the wall mats you can easily unscrew the wood, and you can move them wherever you want.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    TheComish;19502 wrote:
    Yep... plus it's best to stick them to large pieces of plywood, and then screw the plywood to the walls. So that way if you want to move the wall mats you can easily unscrew the wood, and you can move them wherever you want.

    hello,

    also a good good idea! might have to look into converting a room or garage into a "rumpus room"!

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    Looks like a good gym. Congrats to Romie and Javi on their new place.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19509 wrote:
    Looks like a good gym. Congrats to Romie and Javi on their new place.

    hello,

    that school is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sweet!!!! it's actually brings tears to the eyes..... like achieving nirvana..... with a cage!!!

    congrats guys!

    thanks

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    TheComish's picture

    Thanks guys... I know I've been lagging with posting some new pix n' stuff, but hopefully I'll get some free time in the next few days and get some work done.

    The gym is going together very nicely, and with all the mats, bags, ring, and cage it's almost done.

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    GAZZY's picture

    i would definitely have to say zebra!!

    talked to swain once.. he was incredibly rude, then i started paying closer attention to the mats and realized his ain 't all that anyways.. we have zebra mats at our sister school in Arizona and in our New cage @ Und1sputed in San Diego. zebra's are freekin awesome!!

    sdundisputed.com

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    KibunInc's picture

    GAZZY;19628 wrote:
    i would definitely have to say zebra!!

    talked to swain once.. he was incredibly rude, then i started paying closer attention to the mats and realized his ain 't all that anyways.. we have zebra mats at our sister school in Arizona and in our New cage @ Und1sputed in San Diego. zebra's are freekin awesome!!

    sdundisputed.com

    I have rolled on Zebra mats and they were pretty good mats.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19640 wrote:
    I have rolled on Zebra mats and they were pretty good mats.

    hello,

    saw a zebra at a zoo once. it didn't do much. just stood there.

    hahahahahahaha!! don't have any personal experience with zebra mats. is this a brand name or a physical description?

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    Brand name. If you had rolled with the Zebras at the zoo then you would appreciate mats made from zebras. :D

    Kinda reminds me of the guy who went into the bear cage at the San Diego zoo several years ago. He tried to roll but lost to a vicious groin attack. I will not make any comments on the tiger atack just in the news but there is a reason that I carry a Glock .40 caliber.:cool:

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19706 wrote:
    Brand name. If you had rolled with the Zebras at the zoo then you would appreciate mats made from zebras. :D

    Kinda reminds me of the guy who went into the bear cage at the San Diego zoo several years ago. He tried to roll but lost to a vicious groin attack. I will not make any comments on the tiger atack just in the news but there is a reason that I carry a Glock .40 caliber.:cool:

    hello,

    mats made from zebras would be awesome!! the animal rights people would be pissed!!

    you know, every once in a while you hear or see something that makes you go "wtf?!?!?!?!?! what was dude thinking?!?!?!?!" groin vs bear..... this is one of those things!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    thanks

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19463 wrote:
    Cool thanks for the info. I am just too lazy to roll out a mat everytime I want to train. Sounds good if they could be left layed out.

    hello,

    they can. also they come in varying sizes/prices. in some cases they can even be custom cut to different shapes/floorplans. agreed. laying out mats everytime would be a huge inconvenience. oh, your welcome amigo!

    thanks

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    sonicbh;19468 wrote:
    Ok so I think I am going to order the Dollumar should I just go through them or does somebody have a company they want to throw out there.

    hello,

    dollamur.com is thier own site. amazon.com also sells them. prices are comparable except shipping differs. check both. oh, ebay has them too, just not always available in every size/thickness.

    have fun with it!

    thanks

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19325 wrote:
    We use rubber tire shavings with a custom cover over them. This makes for a good mat that you can control the thickness and the size of the mat.

    hello,

    wow! is that what those were made of? those are good mats. where would you get those made then?

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    there are a few places in LA that sell tire shavings. Once you have that you make a boarder using 2x4 boards. Fill them in then the custom cover has to ordered through a company. I am sure that being in LA you can get a place to sew the covers together for you. Not sure what place used for those covers.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    hello,

    hmmmm. guess it might be in order to start looking around then. would LOVE to have some of them around our house. it sure would make rolling convenient. appreciate the info kibuninc!!

    thanks

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