The Big Mat
This is the worst yoga mat ever made.
I'm on my second "Big Mat". Lululemon refuses to refund me my money (they do not offer a refund if the mat has been used). So here's the deal...as soon as this mat off gasses, the polyurethane coating wears off, and the mat no longer performs as sold. The big mat is sold by lululemon associates as the "rolls royce" of yoga mats, and guaranteed to grip better than any other mat during a sweaty yoga practice. "That's great" I said, "I sweat profusely when I do yoga". They said the more I sweat, the gripper the mat gets. The first time I used it, the mat performed as I was told it would. I washed it with me in the shower using a gentle soap. Rinsed well and dried it in my shed overnight. The next time I practiced, I was sliding all over the mat. It had zero grip. In fact, it was worse then freshly waxed marble. This mat SUCKS! Instead of having a fantastic yoga practice, I focused on the confrontation i was going to have to have with lululemon staff. Because, this is the second time this has happened with the same mat.
November 17, 2013
Such a difference!
I am 5'9" so the length of The Mat could have been fine, but sometimes like to practice in places I'm not so sure about the cleanliness of the floor. I wanted a mat where I didn't have to worry about running out of mat space. I debated a long time between the long Manduka Black Mat Pro and Lulu's the big mat. I decided to try this one honestly because it's cheaper and I couldn't be happier. The sweat absorption is amazing for yoga and other workouts like Pure Barre at home and I never have to worry about running out of mat space (or being a little too close in a crowded studio). After laying my mat out a few days the smell was almost gone so I didn't find that to be a big deal. Awesome mat!
May 24, 2013
Thanks from a "BIG" person....
It took a number of practices to truly enjoy the extra length and width of this mat. I had no idea how I was limited on my regular sized mat. The Big Mat has made my yoga more enjoyable....no longer do I have to worry about where exactly I am on my mat.
The mat is grippy in regular, warm and hot yoga. So nice not to be slipping or to have to use towels. In a small hot yoga room the mat fit in...it doesn't look bigger.
I found the mat's smell nauseating at first so it spent 2 weeks in the garage before I could use it. After having it for a couple months there is only a faint rubber which doesn't bother me. Lulu really should let their mats air before placing them on the shelf.
The black color is great since it doesn't mark and always looks fresh.
All in all, I am happy that I didn't return the mat due to its smell. It is so enjoyable to use a mat that corresponds with my 5'10" body.
May 21, 2013
Very Very Big
I've heard a lot of great things about Lulu's yoga mat, and at times I've been in classes where you're mat to mat with people, so went for the big one. It is huge, i'm 5'3, 127lbs and I was almost embarrassed to roll it out, because it's so huge.
Definitely a good quality mat, great cushion, rolls out, together with ease and lots of room.
There is a very noticeable smell, hoping it will fade soon and lint sticks to it everywhere.
Dear Lululemon, please add other fitness categories to your dropdown below, I know a lot of women who use your gear to lift, fight, wrestle, do crossfit and etc and I think reading what type of sports women engage in, with your gear, helps us to make decisions.
May 19, 2013
Happy little tree!
I took about 3 months to decide to purchase this mat and am so happy with my decision!!! I am 5'11'' and love my sweaty vinyasa classes - this mat so far has held up to its reputation. No need for a towel anymore - thank you - and the cushioning is awesome!
I do have a few qualms, but they are easy to fix Lulu :) 1 - I need a bag for this beast! 2 - more colors please - green, purple, blue? 3 - I know you can do nothing about this without effecting the integrity of the mat - but the smell is pretty powerful - not an issue long enough to cause me to go to any other mat though!
Overall thank you for making a longer mat! I feel like I am on a stage when I practice! Love!
April 8, 2013
So, let me start out by saying, I have "The Mat" and it was awesome-its just that I am not the typical body type that I see at lulu :) I love it, but I am also 5'9 and 230lbs-length wise "The Mat" was fine, and even width, but sometimes I wanted to spread my hands out further etc. and would have to readjust. With the big mat, I no longer readjust, can focus more on my placement and form. I LOVE it. In addition to yoga, I use one in my home gym for stretching and sometimes during Insanity workouts-and this mat completely handles the sweat! A knock out of the park lulu.
I have severe back and knee problems and this mat is PERFECT in regards to cushioning. In classes where I am the heaviest there, its nice to have the confidence that this mat provides in getting deeper into my poses :)
Con- and its totally superficial, is the color. I know that the lighter mats tend to stain-but a deep purple or something would be great.
The Big Mat is also heavy (obviously) but for practice at home, I dont care. if you are on the edge about it, Id go for it :D
March 8, 2013
a sizable improvement
i originally purchased the regular size The Mat, and found it to be too small. i used it for a while just to be sure, and even though i loved how grippy it is, i felt constrained by the parameters. i'm 6'1" and weight 215 lbs - not a small guy by any means.
i went to return it (even though i didn't want to) and Lulu took it back with absolutely no hassle - this is one of the reasons i keep coming back to Lulu :)
after explaining my problem to a sales associate, she took me straight over to the Big Mat. problem solved! now i have the mat that i love in the size that i need.
March 6, 2013
big mat for big yogi
being both a bit large and tall (6'3") practicing yoga was always a bit of a challenge on a normal mat. certain postures required me to adjust forward or backward on the mat, especially when the pace picked up, and in corpse my hands, feet and often head would be off the mat or in that awkward position straddling between the mat and the floor. now i have room to spare...can't imagine ever using a normal mat again.
not only does the big mat fit me, but it's super comfy and grippy. good sweat absorption, which is important since i tend to sweat...a lot...and often. good thing the mat is black.
the mat is quite heavy but considering how much better my practice is that doesn't really matter. hopefully you guys release big versions of your other mats! (big un mat please!)
February 16, 2013