Originally Posted by Emospence
Goliathus won't start smelling?
Because it looks similar to the Mantis, and my Mantis is starting to smell where I rest my wrist after <2 months of use
It does get a little odor during hot weather gaming but nothing foul and I do wipe down/ wash the mat from time to time with monitor wipes, clorox wipes and even just a damp sponge with a tiny bit of soft soap mixed in. Not sure how the Mantis is but the Goliathus Speed is kinda like a tight nylon/ ballistic weave which is much less porous than regular cloth mats. My wrist and lower palm are in constant contact with the mat though proper ergonomics dictate that I shouldn't be doing that...
I have the Sharkoon DarkGlider which is another cloth pad that's slicker than the Goliathus but it's new enough to not need any cleaning but it is cheap. My SteelSeries 5L has been with me for several years and is really easy to clean and never had an odor problem. It was kinda pricey being a hybrid mat and all but considering how long it lasted me it's worth the $40 I paid at the time. This is why I suggest hybrids like the Razer Megasoma 2 or SS 5L/ 5C (should you happen to stumble upon one) though I'm still waiting to get my hands on the Megasoma 2.
How bad is your pad that you cannot wash it or wipe it down?