Would I recommend this mat? Absolutely. I've used these mats for about four years now and for the most part, this mat is great. Soaks up sweat, sticky for the feet and hands.... Except for those super sweaty, hot vinyasa classes. I always have a yoga towel handy for about halfway in, not even a great mat like this one can absorb that much sweat.
November 17, 2014
I purchased this mat a few weeks ago and I was convinced that it would be the perfect mat. The first week I was so glad of my purchase but then I noticed the mat started to be slippery and I could not find a grip. While trying to hold downward dog My hands could not find a grip and would slip. I am very disapointed in this mat and I would not buy it again.
November 16, 2014
Very dissapointed with this mat
My mom got me this mat last year for my birthday, and I spent some time using it (about 6 months) hoping it would get stickier but I feel like I'm spending more time not slipping than actually doing yoga - and very early on (within a couple months) I noticed that when I'm doing something like warrior pose and my feet are really ground into the mat, it bubbles up behind my foot as in the picture attached. (a bit hard to capture a picture of!)
I was so bummed I didn't go to yoga for a while because it was such a pricey mat and the whole thing just frustrated me because it was long past the return date.
I love lululemon products but very dissapointed with this one.
November 12, 2014
I find it difficult to believe that individuals that have rated this mat positively have taken really sweaty classes - if I get this mat wet I slide all over the place which is extremely disappointing given the price point. If you take classes where you don't sweat much then it is a nice mat given you don't need a mat and a yogi toes but if you like hot classes (sculpt, advanced vinyasa, or hot) this mat is NOT for you. It is in no way a replacement for a yogi toes - if you take classes where you sweat you will need a yogi toes as well which is disappointing given the price. I would not recommend this mat.
November 11, 2014
a great, versatile mat
I have three of these and am quite happy with them. The texture does provide great stability, however if I take a really sweaty class I will often use a mat towel on top. They do have a rubbery smell at first, but it went away after rinsing a few times with water. I do not suggest using baking soda, as the label recommends. It tends to collect in the mat since the underside is porous as well as degrade the material. I bought this to the attention of an associate and they happily replaced my first mat :) I now rotate my mats and rinse regularly with warm water.
November 9, 2014
i've had this mat for a couple months, and it is fantastic! i bought it after i became tired of using my gym's stinky group mats. some people have commented on the mat's smell. it definitely has a distinct smell, but it fades after a few weeks, and i kind of like it, oddly, because i associate it with a good thing, my yoga! grip is great, i got the 5mm which is not terribly heavy but thick enough for an hour long class. i opted for the black color after reading some comments about lighter colors scuffing. all things considered, i am very happy with this mat and would highly recommend it to anyone!
November 7, 2014
Better than Jade
I have very sweaty hands and got a Jade mat a couple years ago for it's grip. It's held up quite a while until my husband put CAR PARTS on the mat in the car. Move my mat out of the trunk? Noooo that would be too easy. But I digress, last week I was in need of a mat. Washing the Jade to get the car grease off of it really dried it out and took away grippiness. Dawn/Lava soap don't like natural rubber.
After much research I decided to give the Lulu mat a try. Oh the stickiness! I haven't felt that strong in a downdog in a long time, if ever. Yes there is a very strong rubber smell so I put down The (towel) which helped.
A couple people in my class had this mat as well in different colors. They all didn't use a towel but there was discoloration. My Jade discolored at the top and bottom of the mat where hands/feet go frequently. It's a proud badge of honor. Who cares if your mat shows it's been well loved? If that's an issue- get black. Otherwise, wear your sweat badge with pride.
November 4, 2014
This is the ONLY mat I've been able to use without slipping and sliding everywhere. I remembered why I love it when I forgot my mat recently and couldn't stay in one place sliding everywhere on the gym's mat. It is well worth the price. I've had mine for over a year and it's still in perfect condition!
November 2, 2014
I was so excited to get this yoga mat; I'd heard great things about Lululemon mats from friends, and the salesgirl in the store highly recommended this one.
Well, it was great for the first month, then I started to slip on it. I washed it as per the instructions and still kept slipping. I found myself positioning myself all over the place in order to find a non-slippy spot.
This morning was the final straw! I slipped while in side-angle pose and wrenched my hip, trying to recover.
Very sad, as I generally love Lululemon products. I have many bottoms and tops and LOVE the quality of those.
I will NOT be using this mat again, and will have to look elsewhere for a good mat.
October 30, 2014
Doesn't slip on the reverse
I don't slip when I use this mat 'upside down'. Although there really is no 'correct side' up, so I am told. It's worth trying it if slippage is occurring.
So it doesn't matter which way I have it because I was gifted this Mat in black. I'd be tempted with a prettier colour but really black is better since I am putting it against the yoga studio floor. I find when The Mat is smooth side down it still holds it place on the ground and my hands do not slide in a pose. The other benefit seems like the slicker side down picks up way less stuff when rolling it up after class.
When I had the smoother side up, I would slide in a downward dog. I'm not a light person (185 lb) and I figured that my weight was contributing to the problem... but then I decided to try putting the smoother side down to face the floor. My problem disappeared with the rough side facing me, and the smooth side down. I reallyu would recommend that others give that a try if they are having a slipping problem.
I now wish is that the bottom half can come in different colours. I see the Hot Towel (plush petal black ghost/almost pear) has that green on the 'rough' side. I'd give it one more star if I can have a black smooth side and a colourful 'rough' side since I have colour envy. I might get The Mat 3mm version if this colourful 'rough' side were to appear because it is heavy and I am not keen on the weight; however I know there's more material. I had a Stotts Pilates Mat and while it appeared thick, it was mostly air because it became so thin upon applied weight.
October 22, 2014