Namaste Yoga Tote III
I've been carrying my bag for less then 2 months to and from yoga. Well, one day after yoga, I grabbed my bag to put in my yoga mat. I grabbed the strap to put it over my shoulder only to find one end wasn't intact any longer. After some investigation, I realized that the hardware was missing. I looked everywhere for it, but I couldn't find it to fix the bag. Now I'm stuck with a yoga bag I can no longer use. Not only can i not use the bag anymore, the experience itself was quite embarrassing given that I am always in lululemon from head to toe when working out.
I am an avid lululemon shopper. I purchase clothing/accessories weekly. Now I will be thinking twice before buying.
February 24, 2014
what a struggle
It's a well made, light weight bag but I have the hardest time getting my mat in and out of it (I use "the mat".) Not sure if it's the size of the bag, the zipper or the material that makes it so difficult. I purchased the Manduka bag and it's perfect.
February 10, 2014
Convenient bag,but quality...meh
I bought this bag a while back,but haven't got to use it until about three weeks ago. Yesterday going from a yoga class noticed that the stitching where the strap was connected to the bag was coming out really bad to the point of where it would almost disconnect from the bag. I took it to a store, and (praise to the customer service) they did recognize the issue and exchanged it right away, but I had a beautiful cream colour that only could get exchanged to a black one, which didn't make me feel thrilled... so I guess 5 stars to the service and meh on the bag quality =/
January 29, 2014
I'm very impressed with the quality and design of this tote. I bought the black tote (I'm boring like that) and I love that it fits my mat along with the other odds and ends I take to yoga. The wide strap seems to take the weight of the mat off your shoulders, which I love.
When looking at the tote, it's obvious that there was a lot of thought put into the small details. I'm sure I'll enjoy this tote for years to come.
June 8, 2013
Good bag, room for mat and a towel
This bag serves my needs perfectly - it holds my mat and towel and never seems to get too manky. I have a lovely print on my bag - black with the pink flowers - and I love it. It is also very light but well constructed.
I like that the bag strap can be taken off and used as a yoga strap; I have actually done that in class when the instructor ran out of straps.
My only gripe is that the pockets aren't very big and the inside pocket is especially hard to access if you have a big mat (i have Lululemon's The Mat). But then again, I didn't buy this as a handbag but as a mat bag! As a mat bag, I have no complaints. It works and it looks great.
March 30, 2013
A little short of perfect
I was fighting off the need to buy a bag for my mat because most lulu bags have incorporated ways to carry a mat but none of them keeps the mat dry. Especially when it comes to the cold-wet winters in Toronto I wanted a way to keep my mat dry while I was heading to the studio. I finally caved and bought this mat bag. I don't regret it and I would encourage anyone who has a mat to look into getting this one! I've looked at other mat bags but nothing compares to the design and construction of this one. I only wish it came in more colours or had reflective properties on it for those of us who are traveling at night (especially for the black bag). Otherwise, I'd consider it perfect :)
February 22, 2013
I go to yoga before work and this bag is great- I can fit all my stuff including mat, towel and workout clothes and it's easy to carry. love it!
January 23, 2013
Nice Mat Bag
I used an old lulu mat bag for the last 4 years and I finally upgraded because I wanted to have pockets for my cell/wallet and I wanted a more visible color for walking to and from class in the dark/rain. My old bag was very similar in size and shape but there have been some notable upgrades: the fabric seems sturdier and is more weatherproof (albeit hair/lint do cling to it), ventilation grommets (a must with new heavier fabric), and there are 2 zippered pockets. Overall it's a nice improvement.
One drawback is that the zippers are now on the outside opposite the strap. So when I sling it over my shoulder to walk to class the zippers are exposed. The old model had the zipper underneath the strap. I imagine that it was redesigned to reduce zipper chafe but I never had that side effect in the 4 years I used the old one. With the new design I feel like my mat and goods are far more vulnerable. If I forget to zip it and sling it on then everything completely falls out. In addition, while on the go if I want to get something out of the new bag I have to take it off entirely; if the zippers were inside like they used to be I could just sling it around and get what I needed from inside without everything falling out or having to take it off entirely. It's a small complaint and the overall quality is good, but that's why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars.
January 16, 2013
Great to->from class bag!
The mat fit easily inside, I loved the long zipper. The pocket was a great size to fit my phone, money/card. I can also fit a small towel inside with my mat, so it is great for hot yoga. This is great bag to bring to class, but you probably couldn't fit all your yoga clothes inside.
January 11, 2013
Received this in the raspberry glo as a gift (they got my hints!). I am not disappointed at all. The material is a hearty and water resistant material that protects my mat if there is inclement weather (I like to park far away and walk to the studio downtown). I have not used the strap for stretching and I probably won't honestly. I love the extra pocket for storage of my keys and cell phone. My mat (The Mat) fits inside securely and yes, it does take a little getting used to taking it out and putting it back in, but its nothing I can't manage. I use this bag for my regular classes and the No Brainer mat strap on the days I do Hot Vinyasa classes.
December 20, 2012