The Pure Mat 3mm
It's a perfectly fine yoga mat
I purchased this on sale so it is not a huge investment. I received it yesterday and left it to air out overnight. I used it in class today and I didn't find the rubbery smell overwhelming or distracting (I didn't even smell rubber most of the time).
For function: It was significantly less slippery than my other two mats from another outdoor retailer, and it worked just find in my backbends and downward dog. While not as cushion-y, it was much better for stability as I moved through my poses.
I ran to the store after class and I did not find my clothes or hands smelled like rubber at all; I think some are very sensitive to some odors. I cleaned it with my own tea tree oil cleaner and it's fine for my next class.
It is thin, but not uncomfortable. It is a perfectly fine mat for yoga. I may just layer it with the studio's mat if I find I would like a little more cushion.
October 16, 2014
I purchased this mat a week ago and am already dissapointed. I found it slippery in hot yoga, and I have already broken out in a rash on my hands and feet due to allergic reaction to the mat.
October 2, 2014
Not in use
Thought this mat was great for the first five minutes. Cute colors terrible smell. I've washed the mat and let it air out for countless hours and my clothes and body still smell like a rubber ball after using it (have to make sure I'm not going anywhere except the shower after using). Not only does the mat stink but it slips constantly whether on run or hard wood floors to the point where i stop using it. Also makes my feet and hands incredibly itchy even though I'm not allergic to the material. First lulu product to ever just sit in the corner of my room. Should have listened to other reviewers.
September 16, 2014
Slip and Slide
I wanted a thin, lightweight mat for regular, warm, and occasional hot practice. I liked how The Mat functioned, but thought it was too heavy to lug around. Unfortunately, I'm lugging around this mat PLUS multiple towels to make it thorough a non-heated class just so I don't wind up face first on the floor! It's lightweight and it doesn't smell but it's slippery as heck. It's so bad that if I head to a hot class I'll borrow a cheap studio mat instead just so I don't hurt myself! The worse thing is, I don't even sweat that much but it's still too slippery. I really really wanted to like this mat as I am a huge fan of most Lulu products but this just isn't working for me. Sad face.
September 7, 2014
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY
I got this mat as a gift because I had started practicing more and wanted a high quality mat. This mat is truly worse than my previous mat from Target. I practice all types of yoga and this mat has caused me to leave practice annoyed plenty of times. It smells STILL (after 8 months) and its SO slippery and now bubbles everytime I use it. I bet I spend 5 min per yoga class fixing my mat. Do not buy this mat, it's truly not useful for any type of yoga.
September 3, 2014
I have washed this mat well and more than once and yet I still get a red rash all over my body and mostly on my face during use and after use that is painful and itchy. I am assuming it is an allergic reaction although I have never had any reaction to latex or anything in my life. Other than that this mat is slippery and stinky and a distraction from my practice :(.
September 3, 2014
Smelly and scuffed after a month of use
I received this mat as a gift from a friend and I was really excited to finally have a high quality mat to practice on. However after a month of use (3-4 times a week), the terrible smell still lingers and it embarrasses me to use in my studio. I also have a lighter color and it looks like it has gotten run over by a car from the scuff marks it has picked up. I tried cleaning with baking soda, lemon, and tee tree oil and the smell still hasn't gone away. I wish there was an alternative, but since the mat was quite pricey, I feel obligated to stick with it even though I'm not fully satisfied. I would suggest purchasing a mat elsewhere if you're looking to invest in one.
September 3, 2014
The Smell....Oh The Smell
Was excited to finally replace my old yoga mat with a new high quality mat; the Pure Mat had all the qualities I was looking for, so I didn't think twice when the mat description suggested to air the mat out prior to use.
Well, there is a reason for that suggestion - the mat smells. The smell of rubber is very, very strong and unrelenting, it permeates everything (skin, hair, clothing). I have washed my mat after every class and it has been outside since it was purchased and the smell is not dissipating.
Unfortunately I cannot and will not continue to use the Pure Mat in practice. I'm disappointed in you lululemon for creating a mat with such bad off-gassing - what is the solution, is there a fix? Please let me know.
August 31, 2014
Good all purpose mat
I've had this mat for 8+ year and it does the job fine. Being a bit of a germaphobe, I like to have my own gear. It is not the best mat out there due to its thickness but it is better than the mats which are usually supplied at the gym and outdoor fitness classes.
My mat colour is light green on the bottom and dark green on the top. I don't have any stains on it besides a small rip on the top which was caused by a sharp metal pole during an outdoor fitness class. I use a piece of terry cloth and a mix of water and lemon juice to remove grass stains and dirt. For sweat and odour, I give my mat a bath in mild detergent, a good rinse and hang dry.
At the moment I use my mat once a week for vinyasa yoga but I've used it for cross-training outdoors with dirty running shoes, grass, etc, and it was great. Despite the age of my mat, it is still in good condition; it hasn't stretched, there are no "compressed spots" on the mat where I frequently do a pose (warrior, downward dog, etc.) and no discolouration.
It's lightweight, my mat weighs in just under 3 lbs, therefore straps on easily to my backpack. It has a good grippy surface and I've never slipped on it. Mine also has a centre line on it which has helped me on a few occasions to align my hips (I don't think that the newer versions have this feature).
I picked up "the towel" a few weeks back since it was on sale and it does not slip when combined with this mat.
I would recommend this mat to casual yogis or to people who need an all purpose mat which can be used for other activities.
August 23, 2014
I bought this mat about 5 months ago and I was really excited to finally get my first high quality yoga mat! I was expecting no issues since I am already beyond satisfied with lulus yoga wear. I loved the color - and didn't mind the smell. However this mat is so slippery I can't use it. I've used it maybe 15 times and always leave class frustrated. Mind you I practice a mild vinyasa - I have found myself focusing more on not slipping/falling on the person next to me than my practice. Very disappointed in the quality as now it just sits in my closet
August 12, 2014