This mat is amazing. I mainly do hot vinyasa and I was really having trouble with my other mat slipping like crazy. So I decided to go for this mat and I am so glad that I did. In downward dog my hands are pretty solid even after a lot of sweating. The only times I ever have issues is when i go from my elbows to my hands but just a quick swipe of the towel fixes that problem very easily. The mat is very absorbant and it has a little bit of a weird smell at first but it goes away after a little while especially if you clean it regularly.
July 26, 2014
Super Slippery - Disappointed :-\
I really really really wanted to love this mat. I bought 2, one for me and one for my boyfriend as a gift. I love the thickness. It's great for my knees. To my great disappointment both mats have turned out to be super slippery. I've tried cleaning them in the recommended ways. I went into my local store and asked the clerk and they said that there was nothing they could do. I'm bummed about the mats and the customer service.
July 23, 2014
i purchased the mat about 6 months ago on a recommendation. i loved it from first use, but as i increased my frequency of practice i noticed that my satisfaction with the mat greatly decreased. initially, i loved the grip on the mat?i never slipped! also, the padding was great. however, after months of use it has become super slippery. to the point where i can't even hold down dog due to slipping. this is beyond frustrating. i clean my mat regularly with water, lemon juice and baking soda and i allow it to dry fully before use. not sure what to do.
July 22, 2014
Wears out quickly
I actually really loved this mat when I first bought it, but it only took about 4 months to start wearing down.
I noticed that it became a bit more slippery and that even the simplest of poses would stretch it. And now the grippy side is starting to separate from the cushion side at the corners.
I'm wondering if maybe I bought a faulty mat? As an expensive mat, I'd hope it could last longer... I do love how big it is compared to other mats out there, so I don't really want to give up on it.
July 19, 2014
Disappointing after all
When I first bought The Mat I was in love. The thickness and grip was 100 times better than the many cheaper mats I had previously tried. However, after about a couple of months The Mat already seems to have stretched out and lost some of its durability. The color is also starting to become blotchy and fading in some areas. Obviously wear and tear is expected, but when I only practice about once a week I would expect it to last a little longer than it has.
July 18, 2014
Giving up and moving on
I've had the mat, which I received as a Christmas present, for a few years now. I was really excited as I was looking for an upgrade from my run-of-the-mill Gaiam mat. I tried really hard to like the Lululemon mat, but this is the end of the road. At first the smell kept me from using it. Now the smell is gone, but there's not enough grip. I've tried using the smooth side and the rougher backside, but no luck. Also the mat is just too hard. I might as well practice right on the wood floor. I'm giving it away and moving on to another mfr. It's too bad.
July 17, 2014
The Mat was my very first lululemon purchase, and I was so excited to finally have a decent, durable mat. I was surprised and satisfied with the size of the mat; it is slightly bigger than the average yoga mat. It also provides a great cushion and for this reason, it is especially great for handstands and crow variations, etc.
However, I am really having trouble enjoying The Mat because of the rubber smell. In lululemon's defense, the packaging does warn of this smell and provides some solutions, such as washing, hanging the mat to dry, etc. But, I have found no relief whatsoever. In fact, it seems to be getting more intense. I really needed a mat that I could use for hours at a time. Now, I have trouble using the mat at all. Every time I touch it, despite having washed it repeatedly, my hands and body reek of the rubber smell. When I leave my mat in my car (which usually is not for long), my car smells like a tire. It is unbearable. The material is less than ideal.
The Mat is also reversible. But, it is kind of tricky. If you use the black side that has more cushion, and you aren't careful that there isn't anything underneath your mat on the other side, it will puncture the other side. So, I feel restricted to one side of the mat.
For these reasons, I have trouble recommending this mat to my friends. It does not seem to be worth the price or the frustration of washing, drying, and lugging the thing around.
July 16, 2014
Great while it lasted...
If I would have created a review for "The Mat" when I first purchased it in January I would have raved about the fantastic grip, lifesaving cushion and a myriad of other benefits but I am sad to report that these features lasted for (at the most) 3 months. I practice usually 6 times a week so my mat is getting a lot of use. It started to stretch out whenever I would be in postures like warrior 2 and crescent lunge. By "stretch out" I mean my foot would literally stretch the mat and I would end up slipping or falling out of the pose all together. It lost its great grip. I slip and slide all over my mat even my instructor noticed I was getting frustrated. I know that the educators stress not to use anything expect for water to clean your mat and I followed this rule and the mat is still horrible to practice on. I think that it is absolutely ridiculous to pay 68 dollars for a mat that only really serves its purpose for 3 months? If you practice once or twice a week then maybe you can make it last longer. Basically if you plan on spending 68 dollars for a mat you might consider spending a little more and getting one that will actually last you.
July 16, 2014
Waste of Money!
First I'll comment on the smell- I know in the product description it says there is a "slight" smell (haha- nothing slight about it) but it also says that the smell will eventually go away- I've had my mat for 3 weeks and it still stinks just as bad as it did when I first bought it! I'm embarrassed to take it to class with me because I know others can smell it as well!!! During the 3 weeks I haven't rolled my mat up once, I've been trying to let it air out as much as possible so I'm wondering how long it will take for the smell to fade.
Second, every mark shows on this mat, I had my forehead on the mat for all of 3 seconds and boom- left a mark, I breathed on the mat while in child's pose and again- left a mark. I tried washing the mat with warm soapy water as per lulu's instructions but the marks are still there!
Third- this mat slips! I used it on hardwood floors, the floors were clean and dry- the mat was moving all over the place. That being said the top part of the mat is non-slip which is nice.
Some positive things- it is a larger mat, longer and wider than most other mats I've had. It also absorbs sweat nicely (but leaves marks all over the place).
I wouldn't recommend this mat to anybody, for $68 I don't think it's worth it. I'd use my $30 Gaiam yoga mat over this one any day.
July 15, 2014
Awesome Mat... if you get it in BLACK
I bought "The Mat" in light blue. It stained after just three uses - massive green stains.
I returned it without issues and purchased the black mat instead.
And, this thing is my new best friend. I've had it about three months and use it everyday - no issues. It DOES scuff easily, but I think the absorbency and non-slip grip is so worth it. I've never had any issues practicing with it, and the thickness is perfect for me.
Again, once you get it in a darker color, the stress of it staining goes away.
I had to let it air out for about a week before the "new smell" was gone. Now, it's practically nonexistant.
July 15, 2014