Good at first but stretches out
I bought this Lululemon mat after trying out everything else in this store and being in love with their material and designs. One of my friends recommended this mat and I got it for hot yoga. The colour is beautiful and it was not slippery at all, so the perfect mat for hot yoga. But after 3 months, when im in down dog, the mat stretches out under my feet, and I am not sure whether it is my mat that has this problem or all their mats are like this. It makes some poses difficult to do. Besides, my mat still smells after 3 months of using constantly (I have washed it with water only). It was not a very pleasant experience giving the price and their high quality products.
March 2, 2015
Am NOT Disappointed!
I have wanted to try hot yoga classes for quite some time, over the weekend my sister persuaded me and I agreed.
Although it was only my first class and wasn't even sure if hot yoga would be my thing (I struggle with over-heating) I decided to take the risk and buy a more expensive good quality mat.
I was not disappointed! I had no troubles completing the hot yoga class and I feel I owe it to this mat! I did not slip once and it laid perfectly on the floor. Even though the thicker mats are a tad more money I am glad its what I picked!
The sales rep who informed me of all the proper care (washing with no oil spray/water only) was great and I am thankful for her help!
March 1, 2015
The Mat is THE Mat
I am fairly new to yoga and just took my first hot yoga class (almost died and my eyes were burning from all the sweat dripping everywhere). I decided to invest in this mat instead of wasting money on a cheaper map that I probably wouldn't be happy with. Like all Lululemon products, the high price reflects on the quality. It's the perfect thickness to help with support and cushioning for those difficult poses. I did not slip once! Sweating actually helps you grip even more to the mat. My only concern is cleaning it. I'm scared that I will mess it up knowing my clumsy self. It is also a lot heavier than other mats. Smell has gone away after one use. It does show marks after use but doesn't that show how much of a boss you are at yoga?
February 28, 2015
Sad LuLu Experience
I just love LuLu clothing and accessories! I have a been a customer for 5 years. I started taking Hot Yoga and went into my local LuLu store and the sales rep was very helpful and told me she loved this mat for hot yoga. She specifically told me not use any chemicals or clean my mat, just water. I have used the mat 6 times in class and have only used water twice to clean off my mat. I used a damp cloth and lightly run it over the mat. I hang the mat to dry after each class. Last night in class I was slipping all over the place and it was so frustrating to not be able to hold some of the positions. If I would have known this I would have just stuck with a regular yoga mat and bought a towel.
This is the only LuLu item I have not been 100% satisfied with. Just a bummer I am out $70.
February 27, 2015
Love The Mat, but....
I cleaned The Mat in warm soapy water according to the Lululemon instructions, and the top and bottom were covered in splotches when it dried. That wasn't that big of a deal, but I'm also now slipping all over the place on it. I love The Mat, but fair warning- be careful cleaning it!
February 25, 2015
Love Yoga? You need The Mat!
I recently bought The Mat after reading many reviews and wanting to ensure I had a high quality mat as I practice hot yoga 3 x a week in addition to other fitness activities.
This Mat delivers on its promise of no slipping and of high quality rubber material. The reviews that state that it smells - get over it. All rubber mats will smell like (wait for it!) - rubber at first. It's a non issue. Roll it out and let it air out. Practice on it a few times and the smell is gone.
I feel like my practice has been elevated as a result of having the Mat to practice on. You feel more grounded and solid into the floor, and the grip is outstanding. You do not need an extra towel to lay over your mat. Actually, a bit a sweat seems to help the grip.
I bought the regular length Mat in black as many other reviews stated that the lighter colours stain. Again - a non issue. You will see some marks. My yoga teacher said this is to be expected in a quality rubber mat.
In headstands and balance poses, I do feel the difference of the generic mat that I had since high school and the Lululemon Mat. It is like night and day. I am new to hot yoga, but I can tell the difference in quality and the way that the Lululemon mat allows you to really grip into the mat/floor and concentrate on the poses and not slipping on a hot yoga towel every ten seconds.
I am so happy with the Mat! It is a great investment.
February 24, 2015
I bought 'The Mat' exactly one mouth ago. After reading the reviews I was pretty confident that it was worth the money to splurge on a nice Yoga Matt. I am very disappointed in the product. The smell that everyone talks about is horrible! I have aired it out and the smell is still very strong. I would have thought that after a mouth this would have been gone. It is not very pleasant be lying in childspose in a relaxing yoga class and having to breath this horrific small from your OWN matt. I am also very unhappy with the wearability of the material, even just after a couple of uses you start to see scratch marks and declaration in the mat. I would not recommend splurging on this matt. I love Lululemon products but very disappointed in the performance of 'The Mat'.
February 23, 2015
Worth every penny
I was reluctant at first to buy this mat because it seemed a little pricey, but let me tell you it is worth every penny! The first night I tried it I was actually comfortable in most of my poses because I wasn't wasting energy on slipping and then correcting my poses. Changed my practice and would recommend this to anyone!
February 21, 2015
I was reluctant at first to buy this mat since it's pretty pricey and I never believed that the type of mat would make a difference when practicing yoga. But this mat has changed my mind!!! Boy was I wrong! the grip is amazing, the size is perfect and thickness makes everything comfortable. I am glad I decided to get this mat
February 21, 2015
Love this mat...BUT
I bought this mat and had been using it regularly since the beginning of Jan. It was love at first sight (I purchased the Purple Fog), but after a couple weeks of regular Bikram (4-5days/week), I noticed that the mat started to stain. I had been cleaning it with warm water after each practice as recommended, so when I first noticed the staining I decided to go back to my local Lulu store to see if they could offer a solution. The sales associate recommended I try the water + lemon juice combination. I did, however this did not seem to solve the problem, the staining got a bit worse.
I went back to another store and talked with another associate and he told me to give it another 2 weeks or so of cleaning with the water + lemon solution (he said sometimes there's an extra coating on the top layer of the mat), and he also said that if that didn't work to bring the mat back to the store and they would exchange it.
After another 2 weeks of cleaning, I am sad to say the mat was still very stained. In a last ditched effort (I really didn't want to bring my mat back), I called GEC and they gave me some additional tips to try. After trying all of the suggestions, GEC told me to bring it back, which I did.
When I went back to the store there were no darker colours, but the sales associate gave me a gift card and said I could either check another location or wait a little bit until new colours come out.
Although my mat was stained, this BY FAR was the best mat I have EVER had. I recommend it to people all the time.
The customer service at Lulu is INCREDIBLE and I love that they stand behind their products. The sales associates truly cared about the trouble that I was having and each one took the time to help me troubleshoot.
Don't let the staining or discolouration of the mat deter you from making the purchase, just go with a darker colour, you won't be disappointed....speaking of which, LULU please bring back some dark purple mat colours. Thanks!!
February 19, 2015