I bought one of these back in the summer ('18) and I'm now seeing (winter '18) that I prefer the vinyl as my pieces are felted and allows for better movement of the pieces. A few times when playing blitz it was hard to slide pieces due to how sticky the surface of this board is. Lastly, there is a slight bump in the board when laid out all the way. I've heard this is usual for this kind of board. Other than these small details, the board is wonderful!
The silicone mat arrived on time and in perfect condition. It always lays flat, no matter how I fold, roll or crumple it. The price was fair and I am a happy wood pusher.
I play outside in the rain at times and this board is perfect. Fits in my bag by folding and keeping it's shape once unfolded. Also nice and staticy (zap!) When you unfold it. Last one I had I gave to a Turkish kid learning to play...had to replace it right away.
Like this a great deal. Getting a copy to my son-in-law.
Awesome set, love it!