Rated 3 out of 5 by Jodyshere Big mat, but not ideal
I bought this mat in-store, and asked if I could unfurl it, to check for scuffs. (I don't want to have to look at a scuffed mat every day.) I was told, "No." Got it home, and found it had dirt marks on the inside. Lovely.
I put it down, and checked it for size, only to discover the wretched stench. "It smells like rotting flesh," I cautioned my husband. "I'm going to leave it out, and see if that helps."
It is also surprisingly-heavy. That's not too much of a problem for me, as I have a home gym. But the fact it has no re-wrapping mechanism IS a bit disappointing. I'll have to roll it up and prop it somewhere, when not in use, and hope it won't uncoil. :(
On the plus side, it is nice and big. I just put-in a new floor in my gym, and this flooring necessitates some cushioning under yoga, stretching, crunches, etc. My existing yoga mat was fine, but just not big enough for some stretching positions. Same thing with an old-timey, thicker mat I also have. Not wide enough.
Since these kinds of mats are a pretty standard size, these days, I was pleased to find this big mat at Lululemon. I just wish it weren't so heavy, didn't smell bad, and had some mechanism for keeping it rolled-up when not in use.
November 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Christina91 Too heavy; Incompatible with yoga bags
The mat itself works well during class, but its cumbersome and heavy to bring to the studio and I am having a really hard time finding a bag to fit it in. Quite unimpressed with the result of a mat that is so expensive.
April 25, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by dh2015 Smelled and to Heavy
The matt is just to heavy and after I used it it weighed even more. It had a real bad smell that people around me in my yoga class could smell. I will say it was comfortable but just to heavy and smelled.
I asked the customer service person on line if I could return and was told they have a 14 day return policy if unused.
Would not recommend this matt
April 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jape Mostly great, but HOT!!
I got this in Spring 2014 after my wife got me a gift certificate. I chose it because I'm 6'1" and was constantly reaching beyond normal mats. This one is definitely big enough - I never reach beyond it, regardless of the pose.
My one complaint is that I wish it came in other, lighter, colors. I love to practice outside, but on a Summer day the mat gets REALLY hot in the sun. Yoga socks help my feet, but the rest of my body? Not so much!
March 26, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by AnaW Loved it at first, but...
I got this mat about a year ago, and I loved it. But last month it started to lose it's 'stickiness', I am sliding on it all over during yoga class. I am just wondering, how long should it last?
It was such a great mat, but I am really disappointed at the fact that did not last longer.
March 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Treti33 Big Yoga Map leaves big stains
I love this mat but do not get it in a light colour. It leaves a lot of stains/discoloration from sweating and you cannot get it out! I am so embarrassed to use this mat in class now as I have a light coloured mat :( But they are so expensive I am not going to drop another $90 bucks to get a new one.
Super wish i knew to not get a light coloured mat.
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mmmbacon LOVE THIS MAT!
I teach yoga/pilates. When I first started I would buy cheap-o mats and go through 1 or 2 a month. I decided to invest in my career and get a good mat. I did a TON of research and what drove me to purchase the Big Mat were the reviews and the warranty. I had the mat for about 9 months and it held up great. Awesome grip for yoga, great padding for pilates! The top part started peeling away at a corner (not a big deal, but I took it back). I used this mat A LOT so I expect some wear and tear!!! They gave me a brand new one, no questions asked! Wonderful customer service. The smell is like a new car smell. It's to be expected because of the materials it made from, but it goes away. I really wanted pink, but the expert at the store thought with as much as I use it that I should get black and she was right! It is a bit heavy, but don't travel with it. Buy a lighter one for travel.
February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by gerby I love this mat
Got it for my home sessions and I love it. The smell does slowly go away and it doesn't lower my appreciation of this mat at all.
In fact, if Lulu had to change their receipe to get rid of the smell, it would actually be really sad.
January 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dtirelli You need a lot of space for this......
It is called the big mat for a reason..... This was a gift, I don't think I would have ever spent 88 dollars on yoga mat. I'll be completely honest, I'm not super into yoga I buy mine at TJ Maxx for like 8 dollars and they get the job done.
But I can see the difference between a lulu mat, and the Gaiam ones I've bought before. The bottom of this mat is not sliding anywhere no matter what surface you put it on. The mat also doesn't stretch with you and your feet don't slip while doing planks. Planks are hard enough as is without that happening thank you very much....It's pretty thick too which is nice, typically my elbows hurt just from the pressure but this is enough padding without sacrificing being able to balance on it.
The smell, I mean the label actually says it is going to smell at first just air it out.... It does kind of collect and hold the dust which is a bit of a hassle and it is a pain in the butt to roll up and store. But it is called the big mat what else would yo expect. Don't bring this to yoga class, it's way too big to carry around with you and you'll kind of be a space hog if you did............
January 7, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by bearyogibear BEWARE, the smell is terrible
I am unfortunately very disappointed with this mat. The size was perfect - it is wide and long - but the overwhelming chemical rubber smell was too much to handle. I gave it MANY chances... as the ad says, the smell will wear out, however it did not. I've been using this mat about 1/week for at least the past 10 months. I've even wiped it down as they suggest, but the smell is still there.
It is such a strong smell that I can't concentrate or relax during my yoga routine and my nose becomes irritated very quickly. I've even gotten headaches multiple times due to the smell. I didn't mind the price since I was so excited about the length and width, but I can't even bring myself to use it and had to buy another eco-friendly mat instead.
If you're looking for a long mat without a huge chemical smell, I'm sorry but you should keep looking!
January 5, 2015