The (Big) Mat
When my old yoga mat started leaving me covered in rubber balls, I decided it was time for a new one. I also discovered that I had a problem, slipping.
I bought a new mat that was useless, as my hands and feet would slip,as it seems I sweat right from the get go. Bought another that claimed to be non slip, but once again it didn't work.
Getting a bit desperate now found The Big Mat on the net, read the reviews and thought it seemed like the thing for me. It is.
It is super sticky, I can't get my hands or feet to move, and the rubber underside holds the polished wooden floor just as well. It does have strong rubbery smell, that I think will go in a few weeks. As did all the other mats I wasted money on.
I like the extra room of the big mat, but have only given it 4 stars as I find it a bit hard, but I think I will get used to that, and it does help with stability in the poses. Perhaps something under it would help, but for now I'll keep using it as it is.
A great mat for people who are concerned by slippage.
Also it arrived at my 2 days after ordering, couldn't ask for better service.
November 7, 2014
Smells Funny and Doesn't Stay Grippy
I bought this mat excited after reading the reviews from other people, but after laying it out for days and using it for 3 weeks, it still smells like burnt rubber. Every time I am in child's pose it is potent. Also, I noticed that the mat has already started to lose its grip and I am sliding around. Yes, I do sweat during heated flow classes but I should not be sliding this much. For this amount of money I really expected a better quality mat that didn't smell and lived up to expectations.
November 3, 2014
Used to be great, now, not so much
I bought my third big mat in May 2014. The first one was awesome and lasted for a long time. I sweat a lot and this was one of the only ones that has a big size and great for people that sweat.
The second did not last as long. The surface was not as resistant. I was reading reviews that the quality was lower for others as well but I decided to buy a third one because I loved it so much the first time.
Well, it's been six months, during which I got hurt twice so I did not practice for a total of two months and stopped my daily practice. So, this mat did not get used that much. The surface is now very slippery. It's like dust gets stuck on it and cannot be remove with cleaning. Therefore, it slips a lot. Plus, you can tell exactly where I place my hand and feet because the surface is so damaged.
Another thing is that the first generation really stayed in place. This one slide on wooden flooring. The quality really went down. Very disappointing. Plus, what's up that that dreadful green color? What happened to great design choices and high quality products?
As I am a big fan of yours, so it pain me to say this but my next mat will not be a Lululemon. Unless to go back to exactly how the first generation was made.
October 28, 2014
My husband and I both purchased the Big Mat in black. He is 6'4 and I am 5'10. This mat gives us great space to practice without having to hang off the edges in any pose.
We are both sweaty practitioners and this mat can handle it. No other mats worked for us. We spent so much money trying out other mats, we were so happy when we found this one.
We never wash it with soap. Any type of soap made the mat slippery for us. Only a good scrub down with water and washcloth works to keep it sticky for us. I can be super sweaty and it still grips good.
Thanks for the good mat.
October 10, 2014
The Mat for real Men.
I've practiced yoga for about a year. Being 6'3" & 320lbs. a year ago; I sweat like no other and I still do. 2 different instructors from different studios suggested The Mat. 8 months ago I got serious with my practice, 6-7 classes per week, so I upgraded to The Mat. Wow, the difference was amazing. I cannot stand using any other mat, so now I even travel with this mat. In Fact my only regret was not buying The Big Mat in the beginning. God Bless my wife, she just solved that for me and my next practice will be on The Big Mat! Yes, I do sweat A-Lot. More & Faster than it can absorb. However, a towel solves this problem and makes my practice slip-free. My mat is never a concern, my practice is my concern. Traveling...2lbs or 7lbs...Yogi-up and go, you might get stronger! >practice=<smell. Clean with baking soda and water after every practice and hang-up to dry. Practice & clean everyday and the smell is gone in less than a week!
August 31, 2014
I'm 6'4" and fine the mat to be good for my size. I use this mat for hot vinyassa about 2-3 times per week. I've been using it for 8 months now, and am very satisfied with it. I sweat profusely while practicing hot vinyassa, to the point where I'm dripping non-stop for almost the whole 60-75 minute class.
A trick that I've found, is to get two towels (my gym provides shower towels) and lay them over the mat. I then drizzle 20 or so oz. of water over the towels to allow them to grip to the mat. This brings the sliding to a minimum, and allows me to focus on the practice instead of worrying about slipping.
August 11, 2014
life span too short
I bought this mat in november and finally used it in feb, was estatic at first about how wonderful it was, until about a month ago.. the mat no longer holds any kind of grip whatsoever. You slip, slide and the mat actually stretches with you now :( so sad that I thought I had finally found the perfect yoga mat... don't know if maybe the mat was a little short lived on it's life span or what...
July 29, 2014
I love this mat! Being a female and only 5?5 it?s a bit strange rolling this out at the gym BUT I have a thing with gym floors and feet so this is perfect!
I can stay on the mat at all times and not worry about slipping or sweat building up. If it does get to slippery I just roll out the big towel mat and that works perfectly. Overall this was a great purchase. My only complaint is it is a bit bulky and heavy but that?s to be expected given the size and it?s a bit thin.
For a while I was using this mat plus a ?Female Size? Lulu mat on top. I clean this mat mostly with a towel and hot water to avoid soap build up which can make things get slippery over time and have no issues.
July 14, 2014
Great mat, but only for non-sweat
I loved this mat when I first got it! However, there has been sweat stains that have not gone away after the first few times. Also, in the green color you can see every drop of sweat during practice...gross. Overall not happy with this purchase. It also moved a lot from underneath me during practice. BUT...I called lululemon and they made it right. I am returning this to get a free giftcard and will buy another mat. Free of charge for shipping!
May 31, 2014
Excellent Big Mat
I am a big guy (6'3") and this mat is perfect for my size. Not having to worry about parts of my body slipping off the mat helps maintain better focus on my practice. I also find the mat has great stability and I feel that I have a firm footing to do my practice. As to the sweating issue raised by others. I do hot yoga and I sweat buckets during practice. Yes, without a towel, this mat like every other mat I have ever used is slippery. However, this mat excels when used in combination with a towel. Other mats I have used, the towel would start moving and slipping during practice. Not the Big Mat. The towel and mat are like one piece and there is no slipping at all.
April 24, 2014